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Bellwood Health Services

Trauma Recovery Program

Intensive Trauma and PTSD Treatment 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


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

  • Location: Bellwood Health Services, Toronto
  • Category: Inpatient
  • Length: 8 weeks
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Our approach to PTSD Treatment and 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.
  • 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.

The Benefits of Inpatient Treatment at Bellwood

Inpatient treatment programs offer a more comprehensive model of care, with an immersive environment, 24/7 support, and constant access to medical experts.

Bellwood is among the best inpatient facilities in Ontario. Within the serene setting of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Park, our inpatient facilities provide a calm environment ideal for healing.

A longer inpatient treatment program, with all other factors being equal, will generally yield stronger results compared to shorter treatment programs. However, if you require a shorter or more flexible treatment program to accommodate your family, life or work situation, our Intensive Outpatient Program may be better for you.

A day at Bellwood, a Toronto Facility from the EHN Canada Network

Every aspect of the Bellwood experience is thoughtfully designed by our team of medical experts in order to give patients the best chance at a successful recovery. Here’s what a typical day in Bellwood’s Trauma Recovery Program might look like.


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.



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.



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.

About Bellwood Health Services

Bellwood Health Services is one of Toronto’s best treatment centres and has been guiding recoveries for nearly 40 years. We carry on a legacy of innovation and excellence established by our founder, Dr. Gordon Bell, who was a pioneer and innovator in addiction rehab in Canada. We are a licensed, private hospital and are proud to be part of the EHN Canada Network and affiliated with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Sunnybrook Hospital, and the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. Nestled amidst lush Sunnybrook Park, our centre’s serene setting is an environment that fosters 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.