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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Experience understanding, healing and growth from ACEs

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) refer to significant and traumatic experiences during childhood that have an immense effect on an individual's emotional, mental, and physical well-being.  Commonly referred to as ACEs, this refers to any harmful incidents that occur during childhood or adolescent development. Abuse refers to physical, psychological, or sexual violence. At the same time, neglect is defined as any lack of care and attention from an adult caregiver (for instance, by not attending to basic needs such as feeding).


ACEs fall under three general headings.

Household Dysfunction: Being exposed to various household challenges such as domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, or the imprisonment of family members can have lasting impacts. Being exposed to trauma-inducing experiences such as domestic violence or substance abuse is likely to create endless challenges and difficulties that lead to various negative results in an individual's life - including:

Mental Health Issues: ACEs are associated with an increased risk for mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Physical Health Issues: ACEs very often leads to physical health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Behavior Issues: People who have endured ACEs often struggle with impulse control issues, addiction, and risky behavior, lacking impulsive control - like driving unsafely or too fast. 

Interpersonal Issues: Adverse Childhood Experiences can wreak havoc with their ability to form and sustain healthy relationships, making the task of forging and keeping them incredibly difficult.

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Being aware and responding to adverse childhood experiences is vital in healing from them and mitigating the long-term consequences of these events. Therapists at FHCTS can provide individuals and families insight into ACEs' impacts and developing plans to overcome them while strengthening resilience and improving well-being.

Validation and Understanding

Our therapists offer individuals a safe space to freely express their experiences and emotions, and validating the in light of their experiences. In this place of still having confusion - but maybe also a little hope, our therapists guide their clients into clarity, understanding and a place emotional release, all making for a powerful healing experience. 

Skill Development

Our professionals work closely with clients their to develop understanding, interim coping mechanisms for dealing with theirs' and others strained emotions and behaviors, while leading them ultimately to releasing the hurts of the past.

Trauma Processing

Therapy entails revisiting and processing painful memories or events from the past to help individuals understand themselves more accurately and enable them to release the pain in the memories, ultimately, releasing them.

Release, Thriving, and Resilience

Turning the tables of adverse childhood experiences - nullifying and negating the fear and the suffering, can bring an immense amount of release and in that thriving. But a deep understanding and appreciation of what occurred, and what brings in the healing, brings in resiliency; and the capacity to speak kindly and compassionately to others also who have went, or are going through ACE's.

Benefits of Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences With FHCTS

Seeking professional assistance through Freedom & Hope Counselling & Therapeutic Services provides numerous advantages to those struggling to overcome its effects, particularly individuals and their families dealing with ACEs. Some benefits associated with seeking assistance to deal with them are:

1. Individualized Support: Therapists and counselors work to develop personalized treatment plans tailored specifically to the unique needs and challenges faced by each client to offer practical assistance.

2. Emotional Healing: Therapy provides an intimate setting where individuals can work through past trauma and emotions to bring about emotional healing and improve overall well-being.

3. Coping Skills: Individuals gain invaluable coping tools for managing symptoms, alleviating distress levels, and improving well-being overall.

4. Strengthened Relationships: Therapy can assist individuals who have experienced adverse childhood experiences to strengthen their relationships by addressing trust issues, communication challenges, and emotional deregulation.

5. Empowerment: As individuals heal and regain control of their lives, they often feel greater empowerment and an enhanced sense of agency.

6. Resilience Building: Therapy provides education and support for building resilience to break the cycle of ACEs from passing into future generations.

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences can be an arduous yet essential journey that offers opportunities for healing and resilience building. In doing so, individuals and families take proactive steps towards understanding, healing, and stopping cycles of trauma from repeating themselves.

Do You Need Help To manage and Overcome With Your ACEs?


We are here for you with the guidance and professional assistance needed for healing from trauma. Our seasoned therapists and counselors specialize in aiding individuals toward resilience development through therapeutic counseling sessions and resilience-building processes.

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Call us to schedule a consultation and take the first steps towards understanding, healing, and creating resilience - we're here to support your journey toward a brighter future!

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