cognitive behavioral therapy
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Mental Health and Wellness

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Mental health disorders can sometimes cause harmful, even destructive behavioral and thought patterns. These patterns can inhibit normal day-to-day functioning, hinder interpersonal relationships, and increase mental and emotional suffering. These patterns can be extremely difficult to break out of, even for those who recognize the negative effects these patterns have in their lives, making lasting psychological wellness seem impossible.

Interrupting damaging thought and behavioral patterns and replacing them with healthy ones is vital to managing mental health disorders and finding long-term healing. To aid in this process, Solara Mental Health offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an evidence-based therapeutic modality that provides clients with concrete steps and practices to develop positive, healthy thought patterns and find substantial relief from suffering caused by mental health disorders.

Therapeutic Value

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a therapeutic practice designed to help people with mental health disorders address their current struggles. CBT does not explore the causes of maladaptive thoughts and behaviors; instead, it provides a structured, goal-oriented therapy that helps clients recognize and interrupt negative thought patterns and replace them with alternatives that are healthier and more constructive. Specific benefits of CBT include the following:

  • Exchanging maladaptive thought patterns for more productive, realistic, and positive alternatives
  • Learning healthy, appropriate coping mechanisms for processing and reacting to stressful situations
  • Strengthening self-control over behaviors and emotions
  • Developing a stronger sense of self-healing

To gain these benefits, the expert, compassionate clinicians at our mental health treatment center guide clients through active mental exercises, including journaling, role-playing and visualization. As clients go through CBT, they develop more control over their thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors, which both alleviates immediate suffering and builds a strong foundation for lasting wellness.

What Our Clients Say


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.