Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with The TAT® Program
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — the largest, most important public health study you never heard of — began in an obesity clinic
Dr. Vincent Felitti
It was 1985, and Dr. Vincent Felitti was mystified. The physician, chief of Kaiser Permanente’s revolutionary Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, CA, couldn’t figure out why, each year for the last five years, more than half of the people in his obesity clinic dropped out. Although people who wanted to shed as little as 30 pounds could participate, the clinic was designed for people who were 100 to 600 pounds overweight.
Dr. Felitti cut an imposing, yet dashing, figure. Tall, straight-backed, not a silver hair out of place, penetrating eyes, he was a doctor whom patients trusted implicitly, spoke of reverentially and rarely called by his first name. The preventive medicine department he created had become an international beacon for efficient and compassionate care. Every year, more than 50,000 people were screened for diseases that tests and machines could pick up before symptoms appeared. It was the largest medical evaluation site in the world. It was reducing health care costs before reducing health care costs was cool.
But the 50-percent dropout rate in the obesity clinic that Dr. Felitti started in 1980 was driving him crazy. A cursory review of all the dropouts’ records astonished him — they’d all been losing weight when they left the program, not gaining. That made no sense whatsoever. Why would people who were 300 pounds overweight lose 100 pounds, and then drop out when they were on a roll?
How are your ACEs affecting your life now?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) program a child's developing brain to be highly-stressed, often resulting in adult onset of depression, anxiety, health issues, and substance abuse.
The CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study shows that 64% of adults have at least one ACE, and that people with four or more ACEs are associated with significantly increased risk for 7 out of 10 leading adult causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, diabetes, Alzheimer's and suicide.
The ACEs quiz asks a series of 10 questions about common traumatic experiences that occur in early life. The more ACEs you have, the greater the risk for chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence. People have an ACE score of 0 to 10. Each type of trauma counts as one, no matter how many times it occurs.
Can you heal Adverse Childhood Experiences?
It used to be thought that we were born with a fixed genetic blueprint that determined our traits, behaviors, and health. Now, discoveries in the field of epigenetics have radically rebooted this theory by demonstrating that our DNA is more of a switchboard than a blueprint.
Epigenetics is the study of how external forces, such as your environment, beliefs, and life experiences, trigger on-off mechanisms on the genetic switchboard.
The beliefs set in place during a traumatic event continue to inform you. A typical belief that “life is not safe and I can’t relax” is a non-stop input throughout your life, leading to toxic stress, and fear. This causes your “red alert” warning system to be stuck at “on”.
Once this belief is actually changed to “life is safe and I can relax”, cellular response immediately changes leading to increased normalization of all biological functions, including brain function.
How do you heal ACEs with TAT?
Doing TAT allows you to directly affect your traits, behaviors and health at the genetic level. Your “red alert” system isn’t on 24/7 anymore.
Over 25 years of experience with hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated that using the simple TAT process works for healing ACEs.
TAT combines holding acupressure points on your head as you put your attention on a series of healing statements.
Tapas Fleming in the TAT Pose
What the Healing ACEs Program includes:
11 Recordings on the original ACEs
Physical, emotional and sexual abuse, Physical and Emotional Neglect, a family member who is depressed, a family member who is in prison, being bullied by a family member, witnessing a mother being abused, losing a parent to divorce or death, substance abuse by a parent or guardian.
6 Recordings on the possible outcomes of ACEs
Depression or Suicide Attempts, Anxiety, Financial Stress, Alcohol or Substance Abuse, Food Addictions or Eating Disorders, Chronic Health Conditions
Each of the program lessons are expanded full-length TAT sessions and take approximately 40 minutes to do.
TAT-101: A Comprehensive Introduction eBook and The introduction lesson
This eBook and video are intended to teach you how to use TAT for any issue or event you choose. You’ll get a solid foundation for building your knowledge of TAT.
Bonus Recording - Guided TAT with Tapas
A full TAT session that will take approximately 20 minutes, when you need a session but don’t have time for one of the Lessons.
Bonus Recording - Two-Minute Get Wow Now
A quick round of TAT to help when you’re feeling stressed and need to take the edge off or when you feel nervous about an appointment, work, or a social gathering and you want to relax quickly.
Bonus Recording - How to be in your body
It’s natural to not come back to being fully in your body after many life circumstances. Typical events include: car accidents, surgery, physical traumas, emotional traumas, sexual or physical abuse. Being raised in families with alcohol, drug or other active addictions are happening, emotionally toxic work environments, and even prolonged periods of intense stress or illness. Being fully in your body is necessary for healing.
Invitations to the free monthly Q & A plus group TAT Webinars
These webinars all start with Tapas Fleming answering your questions about TAT or the program. She then guides everyone through a full TAT session and generally will have a few minutes at the end of the webinar for participants to share about their experinces, if they would like to.
These webinars are normally the first Tuesday of every month and rotate starting times from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Pacific Standard Time every other month to make it easier for your schedules and time zones. The upcoming webinar schedule and recordings of all the previous webinars are available to you in your membership resources when you sign up for the program.
The ACEs recordings you will receive:
If you are new to TAT, all the tools and guidance you need are included in this program. You will learn how to do TAT for yourself as you are guided step-by-step through each of the recordings. The 3 bonus recordings give you a go-to for current stress, anxieties, and fears that are happening for you in the here and now. If you have questions, you can join as many of the monthly Q & A webinars as you like or share your questions in the members-only ACEs forum.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I cancel my subscription?
Yes, you can cancel your subscription at any time and you will have access to the recordings you have already received.
Will I still have access to the recordings when the program ends?
Yes, you will have lifetime access to all of the downloads.
Why do the whole program if I only have 2 or 3 ACEs?
When you decide to get in better physical shape you know it is a lifestyle change. You know you need to eat healthier and exercise on a regular basis to accomplish your fitness goals. The same is true for your mental and emotional health. Doing TAT on a regular basis can heal traumas of the past and improve the way you think, feel and react in the present.
When a lesson comes up that you didn't experience you can change it to work on any similar experience you've had at any point in your life including witnessing it happening to someone else.
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What people are saying about their TAT experiences
Mental Health Counsler
"Healing ACES Program using TAT is a truly effective treatment for healing Adverse Childhood Experiences at any age. Tapas Fleming, the talented founder of TAT, has created and offers a masterful approach to healing old wounds that feel like they will forever hold us in their grip. But with this program our wounds gently release their grip and we discover that we can choose our path."
"Night after night during the TAT workshop I hosted, I saw trauma and pain simply dissipate and dissolve. I was as excited and overwhelmed as the participants were because of the absolute, unprecedented beauty of the healings I witnessed. I have no doubt TAT is the most effective treatment to resolve trauma of any nature."
Reiki Master, Author
We got to such a deep old hurt from when I was two years old!!! I never knew it was there, that I had formed this decision as a result of childhood abuse that had been running my life ever since. TAT is a miracle. I’ve felt this way since I had my first session years ago. TAT with Tapas is light, penetrating, profound, holy. I’m so excited to see how the rest of my life goes from here!"
Tapas Fleming, Founder & Creator of TAT
After facilitating personal growth for many years, Tapas Fleming became interested in physical and energetic healing. She became a Licensed Acupuncturist and began her practice in 1987, specializing in the treatment of allergies.
Searching for a simple, effective treatment, Tapas developed TAT in 1993. She soon realized that in addition to relieving her patients' allergic reactions, TAT was clearing the effects of their past stressful or traumatic experiences in an easy, gentle way. Now one of the most celebrated leaders in energy psychology, Tapas has taught TAT to hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic people worldwide.