Trauma Recovery Program

Sierra Tucson provides comprehensive treatment for men and women, age 18 and over, who suffer from PTSD symptoms associated with adult or childhood trauma. This integrative system of neuropsychiatric treatment heals body, mind, and spirit in a naturally scenic, tranquil setting with round-the-clock medical and clinical care.

People who experience trauma frequently struggle with co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. Sierra Tucson’s expert staff of professionals uses an interdisciplinary team approach, customizing both conventional and complementary, evidence-based treatments to support each individual’s unique capacity for wellness and flourishing.

During a minimum 45-day stay, you’ll benefit from a wide range of medical and clinical services that simultaneously treat co-occurring conditions. A body-centered approach provides physiological healing for your overactive sympathetic nervous system, which frequently becomes stuck in “fight, flight, or freeze” survival mode from unresolved trauma. With so many treatment modalities to help uncover and heal underlying issues, you’ll find new opportunities for increased self-discovery, healing, freedom, and joy.


The goal of Sierra Tucson’s Program for Trauma Recovery is to improve your day-to-day functioning and quality of life, providing stabilization and reduction of symptoms by reconnecting you with the strengths that enabled you to survive the original trauma.

Your multidisciplinary treatment team will include an attending physician, primary therapist, family therapist, continuing care counselor, psychologists, therapeutic activity & fitness specialists, licensed integrative therapy practitioners, and naturopathic physicians who address the physiological as well as the psychological effects of trauma.

As you learn to draw on your own strength and resiliency, you’ll discover new tools for moving forward instead of being controlled by past trauma. And you’ll take home a comprehensive set of new skills, insights, and resources to sustain the journey of recovery that begins here.


Comprehensive care includes a complete diagnostic assessment, from which the multidisciplinary team will develop and coordinate your individualized treatment plan. Sierra Tucson’s compassionate staff members understand the deep emotional pain felt by patients and families. Extensive experience and training enable us to provide the highest quality of care for your emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.

The treatment team meets regularly to assess and review individual progress, sharing insights from their areas of expertise and collaborating to update your treatment plan. This continual reassessment provides optimized treatment to simultaneously address the total scope of your trauma recovery and any co-occurring disorders.

Treatment is a vital first step, providing a foundation for recovery, and it is essential for you to follow a plan to continue your success. So you’ll leave Sierra Tucson with a Continuing Care Plan developed for your specific needs. In addition, Alumni Services will provide you with resources, follow-up communication, and encouragement to remind you that you’re never alone on your new journey.

Therapies & Services Available

• Group and Individual Therapy
• Trauma-Specific Psychodrama and Grief Group Therapy
• Somatic Experiencing® and Somato-Emotional Release Massage to facilitate physiological healing
• Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessiing (EMDR) to help heal the effects of trauma
• Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Mindfulness to teach relaxation and skills for coping with stress
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which teaches mindfulness, interpersonal skills, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation
• Integrative Therapies such as Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Shiatsu, and Yoga, which offer mind-body approaches for healing
• Equine-Assisted Therapy to promote emotional growth
• Four-Day Family Program to enhance patient recovery and extend healing to the family