I’m chatting with Dr. Rachel Yehuda today, an endowed professor of psychiatry and neuroscience of trauma. She’s also the director of mental health at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies, PTSD, and intergenerational trauma. And she established and directs the Centre for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research.
Over the past few years, I’ve really explored psychedelic therapy and Dr. Rachel’s research and work are really at the forefront of this field. I feel like this episode is really profound. We really delve into the impacts of intergenerational trauma, how that affects our families, and how to learn from our experiences and find the positives.
We also cover really practical tips, especially for moms, and how we can model this for our own kids. I’m really excited to jump into today’s episode and I hope you’ll join me and listen in!
Episode Highlights With Dr. Rachel Yehuda
- What intergenerational trauma is and how it impacts our families
- Epigenetics – what this means and how it impacts our biology
- How more than just genes are transmitted to us from our parents and relatives
- What studies show about trauma being passed on and what happens in mouse models
- How trauma can cause changes in genes that pass on to future generations
- What she learned from studying children of holocaust survivors and the epigenetic changes they saw
- How the science of epigenetics helps us understand enduring effects
- Why trauma is, in some ways, the ultimate learning experience
- How the body keeps the score and what the body might be trying to tell us in body symptoms that relate to trauma or stress
- Ways to actually start to undo and heal the trauma, even generational
- How helping others can help heal past pain
- Things we can say to our kids to help foster inner strength and healing
- Why, as parents, we should encourage negative emotions in our kids rather than suppress them
- Her work related to psychedelics and trauma therapy
Resources We Mention
- Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research
- Treating Trauma Survivors With PTSD by Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.
- Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi
- It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn
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