Finding Your Way Through Therapy 135: E.135 Navigating the Labyrinth of Trauma: Insights on the Rise of Antisemitism with Malka Shaw

Struggling with the aftermath of trauma can feel like being lost in a maze with no clear way out. That's where Malka Shaw's poignant insights come into play. As a clinical social worker and founder of Kesher Shalom Projects, Malka joins us to share her invaluable experiences from the trenches of 9/11 to the heart-wrenching events in Israel last October. Our conversation meanders through the transformative world of therapy, discussing EMDR's profound impact on those haunted by traumatic memories and highlighting the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

In a climate where mental scars are often overlooked, we shine a spotlight on the necessity for therapists to receive specialized training in trauma therapy, an area where Malka's expertise is unparalleled. Her stories paint a vivid picture of the complexities within the Jewish community, illustrating the urgent need for validation and understanding amidst the rising tides of anti-Semitism. We also delve into the significance of peer support, which Malka emphasizes as a cornerstone of healing, and explore how cultural and historical contexts, like Zionism, influence our interpretation and response to trauma.

Ending on a note of hope and solidarity, our episode spotlights the Kesher Shalom project, a beacon of support that transcends religious and cultural barriers within the Jewish community. Malka's passion for fostering empathy and cultural understanding in therapy is a thread that runs through our discussion, reminding us of the power that lies within our interconnectedness. As we bid farewell to Malka, she leaves us with a call to action—to educate ourselves, to engage with sensitivity, and to never underestimate the value of mental health in shaping a more compassionate world.

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