April 24, 2024

Overcoming Generational Trauma

You know you got your hairline from your Dad’s side of the family and your eye colour from your mom. You know diabetes runs in your family, as does heart disease and Parkinson’s.

But do you know many families also pass trauma to their loved ones? It’s not just our physical makeup and risk of disease that we inherit from our family, but the emotional wounds as well.

What is Transgenerational Trauma?

Before birth, you were in your mother’s womb and susceptible to her emotions. As your mother felt joy, her body released hormones that made you feel joy.

When she felt sad, scared, or angry, her body released hormones that made her experience these same emotions.

Eventually, you were born and raised in a house that may not always be happy or harmonious. Your parents may have been emotionally distant or even abusive because they may have been brought up by parents who had reasons for being emotionally absent or abusive.

Many families have unresolved trauma that works from one generation to the next. Those families dealing with addiction, depression, anxiety, terror, racism, and the like, often continue to pass on negative emotions, poor behaviours, low self-esteem, and maladaptive coping strategies. These not only lead to a painful and hard life, but they can also lead to chronic health conditions.

It Can Stop With You!

If you have a history of family conflict or trauma, you can be the individual who puts an end to the cycle. You can be the one who begins a new cycle, one of passing down loving communication and positive self-images. 

Of course, it will take work on your part to overcome the pain of your family history. That’s why it’s a good idea to work with a mental health professional who can offer you the right tools and coping strategies to pass down to your children.

If you’re interested in exploring therapy, please contact me! I’d love to help you end the cycle of trauma in your family.

Contact Information:

Website: www.acquahcounseling.com

Phone #: 647-370-6417

Email: acquahcounseling@gmail.com

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