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Bellwood Health Services

Trauma Recovery Program

Intensive Trauma Therapy in the Heart of Toronto

Whether you’ve suffered psychological distress at work or in your personal life, you can turn to Bellwood for evidence-based recovery. Our medical team – including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, and other experts – provides the care and guidance you need to regain peace of mind after surviving trauma. The coping skills you’ll learn will stay with you beyond your eight weeks at our Toronto facility for intensive trauma therapy. You’ll also leave Bellwood with the tools you need to overcome any other mental health concerns you may be experiencing, like addiction or depression.

*If you’re a veteran, military member, or first responder looking for help with PTSD, we recommend looking into our specialized program at Gateway Recovery Centre in Ontario or at Edgewood Treatment Centre in British Columbia.

Program Info
Highlights
  • Evidence-based treatment administered by mental health specialists
  • One year of aftercare included

  • Bellwood Health Services, Toronto
  • Inpatient
  • 8 weeks
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Our Approach to Intensive Trauma Therapy

Bellwood’s integrative model of care is grounded in trauma-informed and client-centered practices that incorporate various therapeutic techniques, including:

  • Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for processing past trauma.
  • In vivo exposure therapy with occupational therapists for getting more comfortable with triggers.
  • Accelerated resolution therapy (ART) for changing how negative images are stored in the brain. 
  • Somatic body movement therapy for releasing pent-up trauma from the mind and body.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to assist in developing helpful thought patterns and healthy behaviours in recovery.
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) for developing the skills needed to manage emotions and relationships, practice mindfulness, and survive crises.
  • Art therapy to facilitate self-exploration and understand thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to express.
  • Individual psychotherapy for an empathetic and safe space to discuss personal recovery concerns and develop treatment goals. 
  • Group therapy to provide opportunities for peer support and professionally guided emotional processing.
  • Psychoeducational sessions to help you understand yourself and the nature of addiction.
  • Mindfulness and physical exercise for creating healthy, lasting habits.
  • Medication assistance therapy, if needed, for providing the best opportunity for healing.

A Day at Bellwood, Edgewood Health Network’s Home in Toronto

Our medical experts carefully design every aspect of the Bellwood experience to provide patients with the greatest opportunity for recovery. This is what a day at Bellwood might look like in our Trauma Recovery Program.

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Morning
After enjoying a healthy, chef-prepared breakfast, you’ll have time for self reflection to help you stay motivated and inspired during your recovery. Then, you’ll attend an educational lecture on a topic like exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy (CPT), or distress tolerance. Afterwards, you’ll heal from the inside out with an invigorating warrior yoga class.
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Afternoon
After taking a break for a delicious lunch, you’ll learn about opposite-to-emotion action, assertive communication, or sleep hygiene. Then, you’ll either attend a one-on-one therapy session or independently practice the skills you’ve been developing in therapy.
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Evening
In the evening you’ll participate in specialized, trauma-centred peer support groups focused on symptoms management, emotional processing, or community integration. After a relaxing acupuncture treatment,* you’ll enjoy dinner with fellow patients. If medications are part of your care plan, our medical team will distribute them to you throughout the day, as needed. *Acupuncture is an add-on service that’s not included in the cost of the program.
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About Bellwood: Our Intensive Trauma Therapy Treatment Centre in Toronto

EHN Canada’s Bellwood Health Services is Toronto’s premier intensive trauma therapy centre and has been guiding recoveries for nearly 40 years. We are a licensed, private hospital and are proud to be affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and Sunnybrook Hospital. Set amidst verdant Sunnybrook Park, our centre’s serene setting provides an ideal atmosphere for healing.

Related Programs

Trauma survivors also often struggle with concurrent mental health challenges. That’s why we offer a variety of related treatment programs – both in person and online.