Trauma Recovery Clinic

Trauma Recovery Clinic

The Trauma Recovery Clinic (TRC) at University Medical Center New Orleans provides behavioral health services to trauma patients and their families. Our mission is to support our patients’ psychological and physical recovery needs through an evidence-based and multidisciplinary treatment approach.

We aim to provide the highest level of care for our patients, including short- and long-term psychotherapy for individuals and families and medication management.

To request an appointment, please call (504) 702-5700 and ask to be scheduled with the Trauma Recovery Clinic.


Clinic Hours

Medication Management 

Psychiatry

    • Mondays:  8 a.m - 11 a.m.
    • Tuesdays:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Psychotherapy

Psychology

    • Mondays:  12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Tuesdays:  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Social Work

    • Mondays:  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Tuesdays:  12 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Clinic Location

Fifth floor, Section B of the Ambulatory Care Building on the UMC campus.


 


Traumatic injuries may be due to blunt or penetrating forces. Blunt injuries occur when an outside force strikes the body. These injuries occur as a result of a motor vehicle crash, a fall or an assault. Penetrating trauma occurs when an object, such as a bullet or knife, pierces the body. Sometimes, patients have both types of injuries.

PTSD is an emotional and physiological reaction that occurs in response to a traumatic event.  It was first described in combat veterans. Now we know that PTSD occur in everyday life. PTSD has defined symptoms that are present for at least four weeks.

After a trauma, people may have some PTSD symptoms, but that does not mean they have PTSD. PTSD means having a certain number of symptoms for a certain length of time.

There are four types of PTSD symptoms:

  • Intrusion or Re-experiencing
  • Avoidance
  • Negative Mood or Thoughts
  • Increased Arousal
  • Short- and long-term evidence-based psychotherapy to address the unique and complex needs patients following a traumatic injury who are experiencing issues such as:

-   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

-   Depression

-   Anxiety

  • Medication management services to support patients’ therapeutic needs.
  • Community outreach/referrals.

Services are available to any patient (ages 13 and up) treated through UMC, ILH or Charity hospitals for a physical trauma. Services are also available to family members and loved ones, whether or not they received medical care through UMC.

Our model takes a multidisciplinary team approach to care in order to treat the whole patient and aid in both physical and psychological recovery.

A licensed clinical psychologist and licensed clinical social worker provide short- and long-term psychotherapy and psychiatrists from LSU Health New Orleans provide medication management.

Our team works closely with trauma and orthopedic surgeons to support our patients during the healing process. This approach ensures that all members of the treatment team are in regular communication in order to best meet the needs of our patients and their families.

The TRC also collaborates with many community partners in order to access additional resources to meet our patients’ non-medical needs, such as education, employment, and housing.


Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) and the Trauma Psychologist at University Medical Center, New Orleans (UMCNO). Dr. Hughes completed her doctoral training at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her clinical internship and postdoctoral training with the LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hughes has specialized in the assessment and treatment of trauma since 2009, both in her clinical and academic work. As the UMCNO Trauma Psychologist, Dr. Hughes and her trainees work with traumatically injured patients’ interdisciplinary treatment teams to assess for symptoms of PTSD, depression, and substance abuse, provide brief interventions, and make appropriate referrals for admitted patients upon discharge. Dr. Hughes also conducts short- and long-term evidence-based psychotherapy in the UMCNO Trauma Recovery Clinic with traumatically injured patients.

Alisha Bowker, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in New York in 2011. She is the Trauma Psychology Social Worker at University Medical Center in New Orleans (UMCNO) and a Gratis Faculty Member of LSUHSC and Tulane University. Ms. Bowker has specialized in the treatment of trauma for the past 7 years, both with children and adults. As the Clinical Social Worker on the UMCNO Trauma Psychology team, Ms. Bowker and her students work with patients’ interdisciplinary treatment teams to assess for symptoms of PTSD, depression, and substance abuse, provide brief interventions, and make appropriate referrals for admitted patients upon discharge. Ms. Bowker also provides follow-up outpatient behavioral health services in the UMCNO Trauma Recovery Clinic. 


Joining Our Team in August 2018

Erika Rajo, Psy.D
. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry for LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) and the Trauma Psychologist at University Medical Center, New Orleans (UMCNO). She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at LSUHSC. Dr. Rajo specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of patients in an integrated medical setting. She also has extensive training and clinical experience in the treatment of psychological trauma and has been working with patients experiencing trauma-related difficulties since 2011. As the UMCNO Trauma Psychologist, Dr. Rajo, along with her trainees, collaborate with patients' interdisciplinary treatment teams to assess for symptoms of PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Dr. Rajo and the Trauma Psychology team utilize this assessment to inform their provision of brief therapeutic interventions, referrals at the time of discharge, and follow-up outpatient behavioral health services in the UMCNO Trauma Recovery Clinic for patients and their families. Dr. Rajo's professional and clinical interests also include multicultural issues in mental health treatment and increasing access to treatment for underserved populations.

“I am very glad to say that this treatment is helping me a lot — not only with traumas after the accident, which was the reason I was referred to this clinic, but also in my life with struggles like fears, depression, and self-esteem.”

“This program gave me all the tools I needed to handle my battles and the problems that affected me before I started.”

“It was helpful to talk about all [my traumas] and try to work through them and figure out how to continue to live my life. It kind of makes you appreciate life more knowing how fragile it is.”

 

Behavioral Health Family Support and Education Resources

At UMC, we offer support and education to families and loved ones with chronic mental illness. Our Family Support and Education Groups are offered the 1st Wednesday of every month from 4-5 p.m. in UMC Conference Center Room B.

Housing Resources

Mental Health Services

Mindfulness Resources

Many trauma patients benefit from learning how to use mindfulness to cope with physical and emotional pain. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing awareness to your thoughts, feelings, and physical senses. Research through Harvard University , the National Institutes of Health, and other leading healthcare agencies have shown that mindfulness can be effective in reducing stress, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improving sleep and pain management. 

Starting a mindfulness practice can be as simple as following these steps from Mindful Magazine’s Getting Started with Mindfulness.

Additional Mindfulness Resources:

Websites

Books

FREE Smartphone Apps

Substance Abuse Treatment Resources

Outpatient Services

Inpatient Services

Self-Help Books

 To request an appointment, please call (504) 702-5700 and ask to be scheduled with the Trauma Recovery Clinic.


Our Partners

 

The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans has teaching, research, and health care functions state-wide, through its six professional schools and twelve Centers of Excellence, as well as the more than one hundred hospitals and other health science related institutions with which they maintain affiliations.

 

The second-oldest medical school in the Deep South and the 15th oldest medical school in the United States, Tulane School of Medicine is equipping the next generation of medical professionals with the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing world and shape the future of health care.