Trauma-Focused Therapy Program

Message to our patients - April 8, 2020

 Dear TFTers,                                                                                                                

Let us start by saying that we miss you! We miss seeing you, being together & sharing space in our little corner of the hospital…We want to stay in touch during these difficult times so we will be posting updates here about every two weeks or so.

On Friday March 14, in order to follow the governments guidelines on social distancing, the program was put on hold. These are very uncertain times, and we still are not in a position to know how much longer these measures will be in place, however, if you check in here, as we know more, you will also know more.

For those of you who have participated in our Resourced & Resilient group, have a look at your handouts, especially the grounding, breathing and relaxation exercises. Practice the skills! See what works & what doesn’t work, take it one day at a time. Although this is a very scary time, it is also a moment of pause, a moment to learn about yourselves, learn to care for yourselves, and be kind & gentle with yourselves.

Our hearts & minds are with all of you, and although we can’t share space together, we are still a community, connected through our tears, laughter, shared experiences & humanity.

With you in spirit,

Kate & Zoë

"Since you had all the resources within you to survive, you have all the resources within you to heal." — Janina Fisher

The Trauma-Focused Therapy Program is a specialized psychotherapy program to help people overcome the impacts of childhood and adult trauma.

Through group and individual therapy, the program aims to enhance resilience and promote recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder, in order to allow people to reconnect with themselves and their communities.


  1. Promote recovery from PTSD and complex PTSD symptoms
  2. Enhance resilience and post-traumatic growth
  3. Develop skills needed to manage PTSD symptoms
  4. Effectively process traumatic memories
  5. Improve interpersonal relationships
  6. Foster reconnection with self and within the community

Therapeutic Modalities

The program combines a variety of approaches to tailor treatment to clients’ goals and needs:

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • DBT-Based Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Relational Therapy
  • Mentalization-Based Therapy
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

The Team

Trauma-Focused Therapy Team

  • Psychiatrist: Zoë Thomas
  • Psychologist: Kate Drury
  • Multidisciplinary interns

    Referral process

    *** Please note: due to high volumes of referrals and limited clinical resources, we unfortunately are no longer accepting referrals from family physicians or physicians outside of the Department of Psychiatry of the Jewish General Hospital until further notice. We are actively seeking to expand our service offer as soon as possible. We apologize for this inconvenience.  ***

    Patients will require a physician’s referral to begin assessment for the program. Referring physicians can complete the referral form and an ACE questionnaire with the patient. As this program only provides specialized time-limited therapy, referring physicians will need to ensure ongoing follow-up with the patient.

    In order to access the program, patients will need to attend an essential orientation session. If they do not attend this orientation, they will be removed from the waiting list, and will need to be re-referred.

    Research and Clinical Opportunities


    At this time we are only accepting students from graduate programs in psychology and residency programs in psychiatry.


    We are accepting applications from students currently enrolled in a graduate program.

    Location and Contact

    Jewish General Hospital
    3755 Côte Sainte-Catherine Road
    Pavilion B, 6th floor
    Montreal, QC

    Fax (internal): 28290
    Fax (external): 514-340-8290
    Telephone: 514-340-8222, ext. 25633

    Inclusion criteriaExclusion criteria
    • History of trauma, childhood or adult
      • If childhood trauma, ACE > 4
    • Symptoms of PTSD or complex PTSD (difficulties with emotional regulation and interpersonal relations)
    • Motivation for psychotherapy
    • At least 16.5 years of age
    • Within the area of the JGH
    • Unstable housing
    • Recent psychiatric admission (within 3-6 months)
    • Active acute suicidality or homicidality
    • Severe unstable substance use disorder
    • Severe unstable eating disorder
    • Unstable medical condition
    • Current ongoing abusive relationships


    This program welcomes participants of all racial and cultural identities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious backgrounds.

    An initiative of the Doggone and JGH Foundations

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