EMDR in the treatment of transgenerational trauma


Trans-generational trauma refers to the trauma that passes through generations. It has been observed that not only do the individuals experience trauma themselves, they may also pass the symptoms and behaviours of trauma survival on to their children, who then might further pass them along the family line. The history of this case study dates back to 1949, when a teenage girl living with her grandparents in a foreign country is sexually abused by her grandfather. The abused youngster grows into a restless traumatized adult marrying and divorcing five times, she raised four very bright but physically and emotionally disturbed children. Finally she died an early death caused by physical self-neglect. In the year 2019 the third child Mr. Mohammad, now a successful professional in his mid-forties enters the therapist’s office requesting EMDR therapy for anger outbursts and destructive relationship with his daughter.






Khadija Tahir

Original Work Citation

Tahir, K. (2020, January). EMDR in the treatment of transgenerational trauma. Paper presented at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand



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