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Trauma Therapy Program

The Trauma Therapy Program (TTP) offers confidential, time-limited psychotherapy to women and men who have experienced childhood interpersonal trauma specifically. Therapy can range from six months to one year and is covered by OHIP. The focus is on helping people who have survived interpersonal trauma which may include sexual, physical or emotional violence and neglect. The TTP does not treat adult trauma reactions including domestic violence or natural disasters or motor vehicle accidents, etc.

The Trauma Therapy Program team includes psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, creative arts therapists, occupational therapists and nurses. The program is a teaching facility therefore students from these professions may be present during your visit.

The TTP program is committed to promoting an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and can live their lives free from violence and all forms of discrimination.

The TTP program works from a feminist anti-oppressive framework in which the client and team work collaboratively around the issues brought to therapy. Together with our clients we will work to support and promote informed therapy.

We do not provide after hours crisis interventions.

Typical goals addressed during assessment and therapy are to:

  • explore and learn about the after-effects of trauma;
  • learn new coping strategies to manage flashbacks, overwhelming emotions, anxiety, numbing, dissociation, urges to self-harm, suicidal thoughts;
  • understand and possibly change problematic relational patterns;
  • improve self-care and self-soothing capacities

Services Provided

  • Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)
    The Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP) is an intensive group therapy program with accompanying individual therapy for women who have experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse and/or neglect in childhood (0-18 years old).
    Note: Prior therapy related to trauma or abuse and prior group therapy experience is required.
  • Individual therapy for women and men
    Time limited to 26 sessions. This therapy is trauma focused, intense and can be accessed only once. Prior therapy experience is highly recommended.
  • Once/week time limited groups
    The Trauma Therapy Program offers a variety of groups offered once a week for limited periods. These include psycho-educational groups, art therapy and body focused groups as well as interpersonal groups. Details see orientation.
  • Couples therapy
    Couples therapy is available to same sex and heterosexual couples to address issues arising out of trauma histories. The focus is on helping both partners change negative interaction patterns to more functional patterns. This therapy is also time limited. Prior trauma therapy experience is required.
  • Accessing trauma therapy
    Access to our services requires a referral by a primary health care provider (except WRAP). Every newly referred client is invited to an orientation session, which is required in order to be considered for our services. A subsequent intake interview will determine the best service component for the particular client.

Services provided by TTP, incl. WRAP are hospital funded and have no fees.

Community Resources

Individual Therapy

  • Family Services Toronto - 416-595-9618
  • Catholic Family Services - 416-921-1163
  • Jewish Family and Child Service - 416-638-7800
  • Women’s Health in Women’s Hands - 416-593-7655
  • West End Sexual Assault Treatment Program (WESAT) - 416-913-7540
  • Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture - 416-363-1066

Group Therapy

  • Breakthrough at the YWCA - 416.487.7151 ext. 266
  • The Gatehouse - 416-255-5900 ext. 221
  • Catholic Family Services - 416-921-1163
  • The Barbra Schlifer Clinic - 416-323-9149

 

Referral

The Trauma Therapy Program is pleased to announce that it will be accepting up to 50 referrals starting June 6, 2016 on a first come first serve basis.  We anticipate opening again for the next batch of referrals on Jan 16, 2017.  If waitlist management allows us to provide additional opportunities to open the waitlist, we will reporting it here.  Please refer to this page periodically.

Should you be interested in attending or referring your client to this program, a referral form should be completed by the referring physician or health care provider and faxed to 416-323-6356 The referral form can be downloaded from this page.


Physicians and clinicians
Download a copy of the Trauma Therapy Program Referral Form. Once completed, please fax to 416-323-6356.

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Location & Contact Information

! Please note
The Trauma Therapy Program is pleased to announce that it will be accepting up to 50 referrals starting June 6th 2016 on a first come first serve basis.
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Trauma Therapy Program
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
7th floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6400 ext. 4230

Fax: 416-323-6356

Hours of Service
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Accessibility
This program is wheelchair-accessible.


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Visit the Trauma Health Centre on Women's Health Matters.

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