Stress and Trauma Recovery Clinic


Welcome to the University of Arizona (UA) Stress and Trauma Recovery Clinic

The Stress and Trauma Recovery Clinic is a treatment and research clinic for depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and other reactions that often occur after experiencing a stressful life event. The Stress and Trauma Recovery Clinic provides psychological services to adults. It is housed at the outpatient psychiatry department in the University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus in Tucson and is directed by Dr. Patricia Haynes.

Photo courtesy of Foster Kerrison

The clinic is involved in a variety of research and treatment programs aimed at:

  1. better understanding reactions to stressful or traumatic events,
  2. improving available treatments for depression, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and
  3. developing new and effective treatments for individuals who have several of these problems.

To learn more about our Research Program please visit Research Examining Sleep and Trauma (REST) website.

As treatments provided at the Clinic can be difficult for individuals with other mental health related difficulties, individuals who are suicidal, psychotic or dependent on alcohol or other substances cannot be treated at the Clinic until these conditions are stabilized. The treatments provided at the Stress and Trauma Recovery Clinic focus on identifying and discussing your own thoughts. Therefore, these treatments may not be appropriate for individuals with moderate-to severe-head injuries and developmental disabilities.







Photos courtesy of Andy Sae; Foster Kerrison

Clinical Services

  • Specialized Evaluation & Assessment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression, Insomnia, and PTSD

         - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia:
    A structured, highly effective psychotherapy for insomnia. Studies have shown that CBT for insomnia is just as effective as sedatives and hypnotics in the short-term and may be more effective than these medications in the long-term. In CBT for insomnia, a patient meets with a therapist for 45-minute sessions once per week for approximately 6 weeks. You  may learn more about CBT for insomnia at this external page

         - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression: A well-tested, evidence based therapy for depression. CBT for depression is as effective as antidepressants for all severity levels of depression, and it may be superior to antidepressants in preventing depression relapse. In CBT, patients are encouraged to recognize unhelpful thinking patterns, test their validity, and substitute more logical and helpful thoughts in their place. To test the validity of thoughts, patients must expose themselves to new situations or new patterns of behavior. CBT for depression is structured, goal-oriented and present-focused. A patient meets with a therapist for 45-minute sessions once per week for approximately 12-16 weeks. You may learn more about CBT for depression at this external page
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD: Individuals with PTSD may have difficulties making sense of the trauma event(s) and how the event(s) has affected their lives. This discomfort leads to avoiding thinking about or dealing with painful memories. CBT for PTSD encourages patients to change these avoidance patterns by retelling/processing memories of the event and changing negative thoughts about the event. The following two therapies are considered evidence based cognitive behavioral therapies by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

         - Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: The primary focus of CPT is to help patients gain an understanding of, and modify the meaning attributed to, their traumatic event. In CPT, patients are encouraged to decrease the pattern of avoiding the trauma memory so that beliefs and meanings can be further evaluated and understood within the original context.  A patient meets with a CPT therapist for 45-minute sessions once per week for approximately 12 weeks. CPT is structured and requires written practice assignments.

         - Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: The goal of this treatment is to facilitate the processing of the trauma memory and to reduce distress and avoidance evoked by reminders of the trauma. The core components of exposure program for the disorder are 1) imaginal exposure, revisiting the traumatic memory, repeated recounting it aloud, and processing the revisiting experience; and 2) in vivo exposure, the repeated confrontation with situations and objects that cause distress but are not inherently dangerous. A patient meets with a PE therapist for 90-minute sessions once per week for approximately 12 weeks. CPT is structured and requires daily practice assignments.
  • Skills for Life Group: A 1.5 hour per week skills-training group, modified from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Participants with a variety of diagnoses participate in the group. The goal is to help participants more effectively regulate emotions, tolerate distress, improve interpersonal relationships and develop coping skills. Members are expected to complete weekly practice assignments and must commit to a minimum of 6 months therapy.
  • Stress Management

To enroll in services, contact the Clinical Intake Coordinator at (520) 626-6255. All services are provided at the 7th floor, University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell, Tucson, AZ 85724-5002. Parking is free.

Patricia Haynes, PhD, CBSM

Dr. Patricia Haynes, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona and director of the UA Stress and Trauma Recovery Center.

Dr. Haynes received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the San Diego State University/University California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. 

Dr. Haynes is an expert in cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral sleep medicine having worked with trauma survivors for over 12 years.

She has received grants from the Department of Defense, American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and the Institute for Mental Health Research, to conduct studies testing therapies for patients with PTSD, depression, and sleep problems.