Feb. 27: Breaking the Cycle: Intergenerational Trauma and the Journey to Healing with Healing Hearts

A headshot of Vera Cheng. She is wearing a white blazer and a bright pink shirt, and sitting in front of a plant-covered wall. She has bright pink nails and it is holding a pink cellphone, in front of a laptop. She has silver hair and is smiling.

Join us on Tuesday, February 27, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. for this exciting special edition of Healing Hearts with facilitator Vera Cheng.

Intergenerational trauma, also known as generational or transgenerational trauma, is a cycle of trauma that passes through families. Similar to how tradition and heirlooms may be handed-down, people can inherit trauma too.

In this interactive discussion, you will learn and reflect on:

  • What intergenerational trauma is, and where it comes from
  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of intergenerational trauma
  • Strategies on how to break the cycle and help you navigate your healing journey

This session is intended as a closed space for survivors of sexual violence, and is being hosted as a part of the SVPS Centre’s Healing Hearts Survivor Group.

About Vera Cheng

Vera Cheng is a registered social worker, psychotherapist, seasoned speaker, and the founder of Talk Therapy with Vera. With over 15 years of devoted work in mental health and racialized communities, she is the go-to expert in mental health and anti-Asian racism, featured in renowned media outlets such as CBC NEWS, CP24 and CTV NEWS. In addition, she partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and Simcoe Region and featured in a provincial mental health campaign.

As a Chinese-Canadian immigrant, she has honed her practice beyond therapy sessions into community engagement, advocacy and fighting against Asian hate. She is passionate about mental health awareness, primarily through anxiety, which she has struggled with. Sharing her journey helps reduce mental health stigma in the hopes of helping others overcome their struggles, too.