Trauma Recovery Program

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.

*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, Atlantic Centre for Trauma in Nova Scotia, or at Edgewood Treatment Centre in British Columbia.

Program Info


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

  • Location: Toronto, ON
  • 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’s inpatient facility next to Toronto, Ontario’s Sunnybrook Park offers a serene environment ideal for healing.

If a more flexible treatment program better suits your family, life or work situation, our Intensive Outpatient Program may be better for you. Take this short quiz to find out.

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. While every individual’s experience at Bellwood varies, and we are constantly updating our approach to provide the best treatment, here’s an example of 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

Part of EHN Canada, Bellwood Health Services has been guiding addiction and mental health  recoveries in Toronto for over 40 years. Our founder, Dr. Gordon Bell, was a pioneer and innovator in addiction rehab in Canada, and we continue his tradition of innovation and excellence. 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. Located next to the 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.