Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a treatment for many different mental health disorders that creates positive, controlled connections between thoughts and emotions.

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works

Our immediate, automatic thoughts control the way we feel about a situation or subject. CBT helps individuals control these automatic thoughts and the way they perceive these situations, and therefore the way they behave.

Re-training the process of how we react can help treat a number of different mental health issues, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • OCD
  • Sleep disorders
  • PTSD

CBT is one of the most well-researched, and most effective forms of psychotherapy. Even without a formal diagnosis of a mental health or behavioral disorder, it can help individuals create healthier behavioral patterns.

What Happens During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is a goal-oriented therapy. Typically a therapist will help an individual focus on a specific behavior pattern they want to change, and then they will create the cognitive and emotional connections to achieve that goal. Things that may have once seemed out of your control become in your control. CBT teaches individuals to understand and adjust their reactions. Actively changing your thoughts to a more positive message to yourself will eventually lead to more positive automatic thoughts.


Identifying the automatic negative thoughts that lead to the unhealthy patterns is the first step to changing them. Verbalize what goes through your mind in these targeted situations.


Negative thoughts and beliefs lead to negative emotions. Adjusting the way we perceive situations can have a major impact on the way we feel every day.


Identify what raw feelings dictate your behavior. Sometimes we can use logic to influence what we do, but we need to learn how cognition, emotion, and behavior flow into each other.


Once you’ve set the goals and identified what is holding you back, you can work towards adapting healthy behaviors. CBT will help you achieve real, measurable progress through self-reflection

What We Treat

If you are struggling with your mental health, substance abuse, or both, we are here to help you regain control over your life. Our inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs are designed to treat a wide variety of mental, behavioral, and co-occurring disorders in a comfortable setting.

Mental Health

We diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health disorders, including trauma effects, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and codependency.


Substance use disorders we treat include addiction to alcohol, opiates, fentanyl and prescription opioids, methamphetamine and other stimulants, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and other psychoactive substances.

Other Behavioral Health Concerns

A mental health crisis can be layered and confusing. If you don’t see your disorder listed—or don’t know exactly why you are struggling—reach out to us to see how we can help. We treat each client at Sequoia on a personal level, and we’re ready to help you overcome whatever you may be facing.

Ready to Start Your Healing Journey?

Our experienced, compassionate team is here for you. Reach out to us today by calling us or scheduling a conversation at a time that works for you. All information will be kept private and confidential.

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