Ancestral healing and mental health
By Lisa Savage | Jan 4, 2023
Traditional healing practices can be an important tool for mental health professionals to use when working with clients seeking to heal from trauma and address mental health issues. These practices involve connecting with the wisdom and knowledge of one’s ancestors and using that connection to heal intergenerational trauma and find a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Mental health professionals can incorporate many different ancestral healing practices into their work, depending on their client’s cultural and spiritual traditions. Some standard practices include:
Meditation and mindfulness: Taking time to slow down, connect with one’s breath, and focus on the present moment can be a powerful way to connect with one’s ancestors and find healing.
Rituals and ceremonies: Many cultures have rituals and ceremonies that are used to honor the ancestors and connect with their wisdom and guidance. Mental health professionals can work with clients to create personalized rituals and ceremonies that resonate with their cultural and spiritual traditions.
Storytelling and sharing: Sharing stories about one’s ancestors and their experiences can be a powerful way to connect with the past and find meaning and purpose in the present. Mental health professionals can encourage clients to share their stories and use these stories as a source of healing and growth.
Nature connection: Many cultures have a solid connection to the natural world and see the natural world as a source of wisdom and guidance. Connecting with nature can be a powerful way to connect with one’s ancestors and find healing.
It’s vital for mental health professionals to be respectful and mindful of their client’s cultural and spiritual traditions when incorporating traditional healing practices into their work. They should also be aware of their own cultural biases and seek supervision and guidance from more experienced practitioners if needed.