Trauma Recovery Center (TRC)

“We are the light in the darkness.” – Cathy Choy, Program Coordinator


The University Hospital (UH) Trauma Recovery Center is a 16-week program (which may be extended for those who need it) aimed at healing survivors’ injuries holistically by addressing them emotionally, physically, and socially.

Through targeted trauma-informed mental health services, we aim to support survivors in restoring the daily functioning that was disrupted by victimization. The goal is for survivors of trauma to successfully regain independence in all areas of their lives. Our program is staffed by Licensed Social Work Clinicians, Social Workers, and other supportive staff.

The program started accepting patients January of 2021.


Focus Areas

  • Providing services to victims who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, physical assault, vehicular assault, gang violence, human trafficking, hate crimes, and/or immigration-related violence, as well as family members of homicide victims.
  • Provide those services in order to help survivors of trauma successfully regain independence in all areas of their lives.


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Trauma Recovery Center services, patients:

  • 12 years old or older
  • A survivor of violent crime in the past 5 years
  • Physically and mentally able to participate in treatment
  • Experiencing symptoms affecting daily functioning
  • Not in need of hospitalization or acute detoxification
  • A resident of Essex County or surrounding area



Trauma Recover Center services are provided by Licensed Social Workers aimed at fostering a supportive therapeutic relationship. Services include:

  • Therapeutic Case Management
  • Trauma-Informed Individual and Group Therapy
  • Peer Support and Advocacy Support
  • Employment Support and Job Training
  • Legal Advocacy and Assistance
  • Housing Advocacy and Assistance
  • Socialization via Community Based Activities
  • Linkage to Resources in Community
  • Medication Management by Licensed Psychiatrist


Trauma Recovery Center Team

Cathy Choy, MSW, LSW, LSCW
Program Coordinator

Dr. Devyani Shah, MD

Taira Jean-Bart, LCSW
Social Worker

Shakia Wyche, LSW
Social Worker

Minh Tran
Data Analyst

Ruth Nicolas
Administrative Assistant


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