The co-occurrence of multiple risk factors in the form of childhood abuse and household dysfunction has been labeled more recently as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) (Felitti et al., 1998). Negative cumulative influences of multiple categories of exposures on both physical and mental well being have been found to be deleterious in numerous studies (Dong et al., 2004). Dong and colleagues found that adults reporting single adverse experiences were likely to have been exposed to a multitude of adverse exposures in childhood, suggesting the importance of understanding co-occurring traumas and the cumulative impact of stressful experiences.
Dr. Best conducts trauma sensitive assessments and treatments that seek to bring rapid resolution to traumatic exposures in order to allieviate the continued suffering and symptoms often experienced by those who have been exposed to either intentional trauma of abuse or victimization, or unintentional trauma as in car crashes, natural disasters or the loss of a loved one. Please contact us today if you or a loved one is continuing to suffer with traumatic exposures.