Day psychotherapy programme for people with long-term emotional difficulties


Woman sat in Sequoia Therapeutic Community doing an activity

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The Sequoia Therapeutic Community is a day psychotherapy programme for people with complex emotional needs.

Therapeutic Communities (TCs) like Sequoia are based on the work of William Tuke, who believed people needed meaningful support and valued roles within society to improve their health and wellbeing.

We've been accredited by the Community of Communities – the Royal College of Psychiatry’s accreditation programme. Our TC is based on the core values of:

  • attachment
  • containment
  • reality confrontation
  • process
  • balance
  • respect
  • interdependence
  • democracy and participation
  • communication
  • relationships
  • responsibility

We provide a structured, three-days a week programme and concentrate on your relationship with others, with different activities deliberately designed to help you adjust to life after therapy.

We use Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), mindfulness and more!

If you join Sequoia, we need you to be enthusiastic and wanting to work hard on changing your life! We spend a lot of time together as a community, cooking and eating together and supporting each other on your journey.


How do I contact the Sequoia Therapeutic Community?

The Sequoia Therapeutic Community is an intensive specialist programme, so you need to be using our acute or community mental health services to access it.

If you think you would benefit from the Sequoia programme, ask your care coordinator for more information.

If you’re in a mental health crisis and need urgent help, call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256 and select option 3. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 free from a landline or mobile phone.