What are ACEs and what can you do about them?

Trauma therapy is not about blame and shame of our caregivers, but it is about the importance of acknowledging the effects of our life experiences. In 1995, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study was conducted in San Diego, California. A questionnaire with 10 specific questions about early family life was given to over 17,000 volunteers who were patients at Kaiser medical centers. Astounding results showed that 67% of recipients answered "yes" to at least one of the ten questions. As participants answered "yes" to more questions, a high correlation with serious health conditions was revealed. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, addictions and early death were all associated with positive answers to the ACE questions. The Centers for Disease Control with Drs Vincent Filitti and Robert Anda gave a foundation of science to what many psychotherapists have known, anecdotally, for decades. Our experiences affect our health and beahvior. If we allow ourselves to bravely face our pasts, we can assure ourselves a better future. Why? Because there is so much we can do to reverse the effects of our ACEs. Psychotherapy in all its many forms is a primary way to heal. I invite you to learn more and to enjoy this brief talk by Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris.