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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Soul Sanctuary was created to heal the souls of individuals at the depth of despair over their addiction to drugs and alcohol. We are a small residential rehab facility located in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA right on the ocean.

CBT in Laguna Beach

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment strategy used by therapists to help reduce stress, cope with grief, handle complicated relationships, and other commonplace issues. CBT works by focusing on specific goals and accomplishing those goals in a certain amount of time. At Soul Sanctuary, we use CBT to help you progress through treatment and teach you how to adjust your perspective to change a negative emotion or response to a positive one.


At our Laguna Beach rehab, we only use evidence-based practices proven to work effectively. CBT is a tool often used in addiction treatment centers and has been in use since its development in the 1960s. 

Aaron Beck, the psychiatrist who developed the therapy, got the idea after realizing that certain thoughts could trigger emotional problems and negative behaviors.

Therapists today use it to help manage mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety. However, it can also be utilized to teach people how to handle stressful situations in a positive way.

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is a form of talk therapy or psychotherapy. Patients will work with a counselor one-on-one during a set number of days. The controlled setting allows patients to make goals that can be realistically accomplished within the set time limit. The goal-oriented approach gives patients something to focus on and work towards during their stay in residential treatment

During sessions, the therapist and patient will work on becoming aware of inaccurate and negative thoughts. Once discovered, a patient will be able to look at stressful or challenging situations objectively and productively. Distressing thoughts can often affect perceptions of reality.

These false depictions of a situation can often lead to anxious thoughts and feelings, causing a person to self-medicate using drugs or alcohol. The repetitive abuse of a substance can cause addictive behavior.

Through cognitive-behavioral therapy, counselors can teach patients how to identify negative thoughts and utilize different tools to overcome false perceptions of reality.

Is CBT an Effective Treatment?

CBT has proven to be very effective in treating mental disorders such as panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. Many studies suggest that it can be more effective than other psychological therapies. Indeed, cognitive-behavioral therapy follows the core principle that feelings, thoughts, and emotions correlate directly to behavior. So if a person obsesses over negative thoughts and emotions, such as believing they will be fired, then they could convince themselves that they will be fired even though there is no evidence to support these thoughts.

Therapists who specialize in CBT will teach patients that while it is impossible to control everything that happens in life, they can control how they interpret different situations. The fact that CBT is so effective is one of the reasons why it has become so popular in treatment centers. Other reasons include:

Types of CBT

There are a variety of techniques that are used in CBT that come from multiple therapies. These therapies focus on thoughts and behaviors and can use structured approaches or self-help methods. The different treatment that CBT uses include:

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

This type of therapy deals directly with emotions and the resulting behavior. It uses different strategies that encourage patients to be mindful of their thoughts and their reactions to them.

Multimodal Therapy

The idea that mental health disorders need to be treated using the seven interconnected modalities - affect, sensation, cognition, interpersonal factory, and drug and biological history.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Identifying and challenging irrational thoughts and false perceptions of reality, learning to change thought patterns before they trigger negative behaviors.

What is CBT Used For?

CBT can be used to:

CBT treats mental illnesses such as:

CBT Strategy

A session with a cognitive-behavioral therapist will usually involve different strategies, including:

Identifying Negative Thoughts

Patients will learn how their thoughts and emotions affect their maladaptive behaviors. While introspection can be difficult for many people, it will lead to valuable insight that correlates and improves the recovery process.

Learning New Skills

Patients will develop new skill sets that will require continual practice to use them in stressful situations.

Progression Over Time

While CBT is considered a short-term treatment, it is will a process that takes time. However, changing the thought process and taking steps to improve reactions to difficult situations is a vital part of the treatment. 


The CBT structure sets attainable goals that can be accomplished within a short period. Counselors will help patients identify, develop, and track their goals. Therapists will teach the patient how to set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based) goals and then examine how the patient accomplishes those goals. 

Mental Health Treatment at Soul Sanctuary

Thoughts have power. What we think and feel contributes to decisions that we make and how we decide to react to different situations. If we allow ourselves to give into fearful or negative thoughts, we cannot live a healthy and productive life. At Soul Sanctuary, we can help you overcome the limitations that your negative thoughts have set on you. Through our cognitive-behavioral therapy program, you will learn how to manage your emotions and look at a situation with objectivity, allowing you to direct your thoughts, and by extension, your behavior in a positive direction. 

Our Laguna Beach mental health program can give you the tools you need to take control of your life. By coming to our treatment facility, you will learn how to accomplish short and long-term goals and gain confidence in interacting with the world around you. If you need help, then please contact us today and take your first step towards recovery.

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