Trauma & Psychological Injury Program

Once a client steps through the doors at EHN Guardians Gateway, the healing from trauma, PTSD, or other operational stress injuries begins. In this program, our team of experienced doctors, nurses, and counsellors offer their expertise, compassion, and support throughout the journey to recovery. And our facility in peaceful Peterborough (near Toronto, Ontario) caters exclusively to military, veteran, and first responder communities.

For those struggling with addiction, our Concurrent Trauma & Addiction Program may be a better fit.

Program Information

Our rehabilitation facility created exclusively for military members, veterans and first responders offers evidence-based treatment led by clinicians who specialize in trauma. 


  • Location: Peterborough, ON
  • Category: Inpatient

  • Length: 7 weeks

Our Approach to Trauma Treatment

At our inpatient treatment centre, clients learn the lifelong skills needed to manage trauma and PTSD through our effective, evidence-based approach, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to encourage helpful and healthy thought patterns
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to manage emotions and relationships, practice mindfulness, and remain centred during crises
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to help clients to process their beliefs about a traumatic event they have experienced.
  • Individual psychotherapy to provide a safe space to discuss personal recovery concerns, deepen trauma healing, 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 embedded trauma patterns.
  • Recreation therapy, including mindfulness, yoga, and physical exercise, for establishing a healthy leisure lifestyle that supports recovery.

A Day at EHN Guardians Gateway

Each client’s story is unique, and so is each journey to recovery. Clients will work on themselves in the most supportive environment available.

Throughout the day, EHN Guardians Gateway offers many recreational activities, both on- and off-site, that clients can participate in between therapy sessions. While these activities vary based on availability, season, weather, and more, some fun examples of what clients can enjoy during their time at EHN Guardians Gateway include:

Journaling, morning walks, trivia night, golf, yoga, shopping, spirituality, wood carving, baking, music fest, meditation, birding, escape maze, guitar lessons, lavender farm visits, disc golf, movie nights, Blue Jays baseball game outings, horseshoes, bowling, and our personal favourite, staff versus clients kickball games!

Here is a sample of what a day of treatment might involve at EHN Guardians Gateway’s Trauma and Psychological Injury Program:



Start the day with a healthy, freshly-prepared breakfast, before attending a session about managing guilt or boundaries. Then you’ll set your intentions with self-reflection, followed by a workout.



After lunch, participate in a lecture that explains how the mind-body connection affects trauma recovery. Then attend a one-on-one therapy session to learn how to cope with triggers.



Participate in specialized, trauma-centred peer support groups focused on symptoms management, emotional processing, or returning to work. After some mindfulness, you’ll enjoy dinner with fellow clients.

This is EHN Guardians Gateway

EHN Guardians Gateway offers the serene setting needed for clients to focus on their recovery. Here, they will meet other military service members, veterans, and first responders with shared experiences and get treatment from our compassionate, professional team. And they will also get to experience the calm they need to focus on themselves, far away from their hectic workplaces.

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Related Programs

Sometimes, drugs and alcohol are used as a coping mechanism to deal with past trauma. EHN Canada offers a number of recovery programs that can help – online and in person at facilities across the country.