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The Canyon Treatment Center

2900 Kanan Dume Rd, Malibu, California, 90265
Situated in the serene canyons of Malibu, California, the Canyon Treatment Center offers an effective, integrated program designed for individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. The dual diagnosis rehab takes a holistic approach to addiction, combining evidence-based and research-proven therapies with 12-Step principles of recovery. Treatment plans are carefully tailored to each individual, giving clients the opportunity to address the emotional, mental and behavioral issues that have prevented them from living a happy, healthy and sober life.

Facility Highlights

  • On-Site Fitness Facility
  • Equine Therapy
  • Adventure Therapy


  • Individual Therapy

    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
  • Equine Therapy

    A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Kathleen Bigsby, PhD, LCSW
    Kathleen Bigsby, PhD, LCSWCEO
    As an experienced administrator, Kathleen has overseen comprehensive treatment programs in both New York and California. As co-chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of NYS Committee for Women and Family Issues, she brought her innovative and progressive strategies for treating families to a statewide level. Her mission has been to provide effective treatment services to optimize wellness and to support the achievement of extraordinary life goals. As a clinician, Kathleen utilizes the best clinical practices in working with those who wish to actualize a life of healing and wellness. She is dedicated to helping others find their personal sense of well-being through a journey that reawakens the dormant spirit with hope and a renewed commitment to the authentic self.
  • Ian Wolds, PsyD.
    Ian Wolds, PsyD.Clinical Director
    At its core, Dr. Wolds’ work aims to facilitate recovery, growth, wholeness, and well-being through the integration of complementary paths of healing. A firm believer in tailoring treatment to fit each person’s unique needs and interests, Dr. Wolds’ passion lies in supporting self-discovery and understanding, resilience, optimization, and the ultimate creation of more fulfilling relationships and a more satisfying life.

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Set in the serenity and privacy of 120 wooded acres known as Peace Park, minutes from the Pacific with views of the Santa Monica Mountains, The Canyon Treatment Center in Mailbu provides a continuum of care, beginning with medically supervised detox, for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Just 15 percent (197) of California’s 1,311 total treatment facilities provide residential, non-hospital detoxification services.

The Southern California luxury rehab center is one of five operated by Foundations Recovery Network, all of which emphasize holistic therapy, including Black Bear Lodge, an adventure therapy program in Georgia; Talbott Recovery, offering young adult and professionals tracks in Atlanta; The Oaks at Paloma in Memphis; and Michael’s House in Palm Springs.


Residential treatment plans at The Canyon at Peace Park are tailored to meet each client’s needs and goals, according to the facility’s website. The 12-Steps serve as a common foundation, and most plans include multiple daily group sessions and at least two hours of individual counseling each week.

Among the treatment modalities practiced are motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-oriented eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), the Seeking Safety model, and art therapy.

Residents also participate in mindfulness practices, equine therapy, yoga, massage, and spirituality groups. The Peace Park campus features a meditation dome, prayer labyrinth, and therapeutic sweat lodge, along with a ropes course used for adventure therapy.

The Canyon’s family program offers education and coping skills development once a month. Clients can continue treatment through the facility’s outpatient program, offered at a separate setting in Santa Monica.


The Canyon’s treatment team is led by a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate in human development. The primary therapist-to-client ratio is 1:4, according to the facility’s website, and staff members include consulting internists and doctorate- and master’s-level therapists.


Clients at The Canyon Treatment Center can expect personalized, comfortable care in spacious, airy, semi-private rooms. The facility’s capacity of 16 residents falls well below the national average of 33. Both gender-separate residences have a luxurious swimming pool. Additional amenities include a full fitness center, access to a physical trainer, and organic, gourmet meals prepared by a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

The Malibu facility’s alumni association is active, and a dedicated support staff member coordinates follow-up, opportunities to share stories, and social gatherings.


At the time of this writing, reviews for The Canyon Treatment Center at Peace Park were strongly favorable, at a ratio of more than two-to-one over critical feedback. Of seven alumni polled to date by Rehabs.com, three noted the facility’s expense, but two of these indicated clearly that it was worth the cost.

Reviewers tended to highlight the program’s effectiveness, accommodations and location, and staff as strengths. The one alum polled on the matters gave perfect five-star ratings for the staff's experience, holistic offerings, and discharge planning. However, one former client reported receiving inadequate counseling for a dual diagnosis**; two Yelp reviews echoed this experience.

While the nine alumni reviews on Yelp reflected more polarized perspectives, feedback tended to focus on similar factors. Positive alumni praised the clinical staff and treatment as professional and individualized, along with the “beautiful, serene, and peaceful” location, as one representative review wrote. Criticism mostly centered on cost.[1] "I stayed at The Canyon for 45 days about a year ago. I am proud to say that I am writing this review sober," alum Mike wrote.

On the facility’s official Facebook page, which its staff may monitor, The Canyon had an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars, based on the opinion of 33 people. While one concurred with a Yelp reviewer that their experience was not what had been advertised, comments tended to characterize the program as life-saving. Opportunities for alumni involvement were also highlighted.[2]


The two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com would recommend The Canyon at Peace Park. They each gave five out of five stars for family participation (which the one alum polled on this metric also granted). Reviewers cited the support their loved ones received for developing healthy lifestyles as a facility strength.


The Canyon Treatment Center accepts major insurance company plans. The two individuals polled by Rehabs.com on treatment affordability gave two and three stars apiece, in otherwise positive reviews.


According to the facility’s Facebook page at the time of this writing, The Canyon Treatment Center’s property at Peace Park was affected, without extreme damage, by the November 2018 wildfire in Malibu. Clients and staff were safely evacuated and receiving care at alternative spaces. The rehab center was expected to return to its main site.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-canyon-malibu-4](https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-canyon-malibu-4](https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-canyon-malibu-4))
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/thecanyon/reviews/
[3] GoogleReviews

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