Tapping in to your ancestors

Dec 07, 2023

Understanding Transgenerational Trauma

Transgenerational trauma is a complex and multi-faceted issue that affects countless individuals and families. It refers to the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next. This can occur through various means, including direct communication of traumatic experiences, behavioral modeling, and even genetic inheritance.

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EMDR and Transgenerational Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed for alleviating the distress associated with traumatic memories. It has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is unique in that it can help individuals access and process traumatic memories to bring these to an adaptive resolution.

The 'Session within a Session' Approach

One innovative approach to using EMDR in the treatment of transgenerational trauma is the 'session within a session' technique. This method involves the therapist and client working together to 'revisit' traumatic experiences in a controlled and safe environment.

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How the 'Session within a Session' Works

During a 'session within a session', the therapist guides the client to recall a traumatic memory. The therapist then uses EMDR techniques to help the client process this memory, helping to reduce its emotional impact. This approach can be particularly effective for transgenerational trauma, as it allows the client to confront and process traumatic experiences that may have been passed down from previous generations.

Benefits of the 'Session within a Session' Approach

There are several key benefits to using the 'session within a session' approach in EMDR therapy. Firstly, it allows for the processing of traumatic memories in a safe and controlled environment. This can help to reduce the emotional distress associated with these memories.

Secondly, this approach can help to break the cycle of transgenerational trauma. By processing and resolving traumatic memories, individuals can prevent these from being passed on to future generations. Lastly, the 'session within a session' approach can provide a sense of closure and resolution for individuals who have been carrying the burden of transgenerational trauma.


Transgenerational trauma is a complex issue that requires a nuanced and sensitive approach. The 'session within a session' method in EMDR therapy offers a promising solution for helping individuals to process and resolve traumatic memories, potentially breaking the cycle of trauma transmission. As with any therapeutic approach, it's important to work with a trained and experienced therapist to ensure the best possible outcome.

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