Gender Trauma: Healing Cultural, Social, and Historical Gendered Trauma

Gender Trauma: Healing Cultural, Social, and Historical Gendered Trauma


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Exploring how the essentialism of the gender binary impacts on clients of all genders, this ground-breaking book examines how historical, social and culturally gendered trauma emerges in clinical settings. Weaving together systemic ideas, autoethnography, narrative therapy and somatic experiencing, the book charts the history of the gender binary and its roots in colonialism, as well as the way this culture is perpetuated intergenerationally, and the impact this trauma has on all bodies, gender identities and experiences.

Featuring clinical vignettes, exercises and reflexive practices, this is an accessible and intersectional guide for professionals to develop their understanding of gender-derived trauma for supporting clients. Highlighting the importance of applying a trauma-informed approach in practice, this book provides insights as to how we can work towards collective healing, for future generations and for ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787751064
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 09/21/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 875,713
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Dr. Alex Iantaffi is the co-author of How To Understand Your Gender and Life Isn't Binary. They have researched and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, and relationship issues. Alex also works as a therapist and supervisor at their own clinical group practice, Edges Wellness Center LLC, on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, currently known as Minneapolis, MN (US). They are passionate about healing justice and writing as a form of personal and collective healing. Alex is also the host of the podcast Gender Stories. You can find out more about them at or follow them on Twitter @xtaffi

Table of Contents

Foreword Meg-John Barker 9

Acknowledgements 14

Introduction 15

Ch 1 How did we get here? 20

Ch 2 What's happening now? 47

Ch 3 All in the family 82

Ch 4 Relationships 109

Ch 5 Systems 145

Ch 6 Towards healing 175

Further reading, references and resources 203

Index 220

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