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Yellowbrick entered into my son's life after six years of struggling with depression, anxiety and finally a correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Multiple psychiatrists and multiple psychotherapists couldn't seem to make a dent in his mental health, until he got to Yellowbrick. Their level of professionalism and expertise was unrivaled by anyone else he had worked with. Within two weeks of arriving there, and living in the beautiful brownstone, Yellowbrick got him on the right medication and as he said, "I feel like myself again." He last felt this way six years before during his freshman year in college.
I highly recommend Yellowbrick and the entire staff there...a thankful parent.
My time at Yellowbrick was nothing short of a miracle. After 25 years of living with an eating disorder and other mental health issues, and being in over 100 different placements during that time, I thought I was a lost cause and many others thought the same. I was living in a very dark place. Seven suicide attempts, enduring every kind of abuse possible, being removed from my home and living in foster homes and state facilities, I silently suffered and starved myself behind the intense pain and emotions. At the height of my disorder I was in a wheelchair, living with a feeding tube for years, and going into hospice because I was told I was dying. I had no quality of life and was so medically compromised that no treatment facilities would touch me. However, Yellowbrick was different. Once medically stabilized they were ready to take on my difficult case that no one else would touch. The unique treatment model at Yellowbrick gave me my life back. I was able to learn how to successfully live with my disorders and disabilities, and not have them take over my life. The amazing highly specialized care I received was by far the best that I have ever received in 25 years of consistent treatment and hospitalizations...Take the leap and let Yellowbrick help you find your way home! -KB
Just thought I would check in and tell you where I am at one year after my discharge from Yellowbrick (feels like a lot longer). I guess things are going as well as they could be. I have managed to stay out of the hospital or an emergency room for 15 months and away from self harm for 10 months. Certainly there are still challenges, ups and downs. I have plenty to work on and probably a long way to go before I experience true contentment, but I have overcome a great deal and I am in a good place. I am fully engaged in my life and feel closer to being a hopeful, optimistic and self-assured person than I have in years. I think it was an important part of my recovery to re-kindle my sense of productivity and self-efficacy, which I have been able to do because of the gains I made in treatment. I hope you are well and that everything at YB is going smoothly. While I am very happy to have moved on and feel certain it was the right decision at the right time, a year on I look back at YB with nostalgia, which is a feeling I have come to really appreciate for its bittersweet qualities. I am a more substantial person because of the experiences I have had and have a stronger understanding of myself and people around me. And there were a lot of funny moments, great friendships, and a feeling of support that I haven't had anywhere else in my life.
I was one of the first residents of Yellowbrick. I am happy to see it still running. I am married with two beautiful girls and am working as a registered nurse. Just wanted to touch base. Thank you for teaching me DBT as I find it a useful tool even today. I really do love and use the skills taught to me all those years ago. It still blows my mind when I think of how far I've come.
5 stars = as good as it gets!!! Yellowbrick is a unique treatment program. Unlike other programs that separate themselves according to diagnosis or special condition, Yellowbrick does not. Yellowbrick views each young adult as a unique individual who can be a valuable member of the Yellowbrick community. Yellowbrick recognizes and respects the particular struggles that are inherent to this critical time in a young person’s development. Most young adults come to Yellowbrick with painful histories that often include failure at other programs. Anxiety, depression eating disorders, substance abuse, traumatic exposure are some of the issues that face these young adults. Many have despaired and hold little hope for change. The clinical approach at YB is by far the most comprehensive treatment available. As a clinician myself and a parent of a YB alumni I cannot begin to express my appreciation for the care and kindness and integrity that our family was shown. The program philosophy is backed by evidence based research and years of experience. One size does not fit all and YB recognizes that the path to recovery and self efficacy is through authentic relationships within a community based program. The demands are high because YB takes each life seriously. The work is difficult and requires courage and trust, however the results can be life altering and in our case, life saving.
The past 6 months have been wonderful. I have continued to use all of the tools that Yellowbrick taught me. Yellowbrick was truly life changing for me. If it weren’t for Dr Viner and the Yellowbrick staff, I wouldn’t have come out of my shell and become my authentic self. Every single day I think about how lucky I am to have been a part of such an amazing program. I think about how lucky I am that Dr. Viner believed in me. I think about the conversation I had with Dr. Viner when he said I was worth it. Now, finally, I believe that. I believe that I was and am still worth it. My life is drastically different, and Yellowbrick gave me the opportunity to do the work and turn my life around.
Dr. Viner, thank you again. Words cannot express how grateful I am.
Yellowbrick saved our son’s life. It is that simple and that complex. Our son (now 21) spent 7 months in the Yellowbrick program and he too agrees that it saved his life. I have worked in the field of children’s behavioral health my entire career and can say without a doubt the professional staff at YB is the most expert, clinically sophisticated, caring and committed group I have ever experienced. They work nearly 24 hours a day, always on call, talking with the kids and the parents and managing endless crises. Yes, treatment at YB is expensive....but you are getting the best of the best. Honestly, most families get to YB once they have tried everything else; for years; at our wit’s end. These are young adults experiencing multiple very significant behavioral health challenges. In our case, no one had been able to even clearly diagnose our son over 8 years of treatment at some other “best institutions” in the country. Had it not been for YB he would have ended up dead or in jail. I imagine he was not the only one in that same situation...
...My husband and I are so thankful to have found such a unique and effective program. And yes, it is clinically at the forefront of treatment. It does have a most clinically expert staff. The milieu of accountability they create is uniquely effective. Most importantly, our son would agree.
The Yellowbrick staff illuminates just what makes this unique Evanston, Illinois treatment center so special. Yellowbrick has created a developmentally specialized, research-based clinical model that integrates current contributions of neuroscience, innovative psychotherapies, strength-based life-skills acquisition and wellness medicine.
Yellowbrick has created a developmentally specialized, research-based clinical model that integrates current contributions of neuroscience, innovative psychotherapies, strength-based life-skills acquisition and wellness medicine.
Across a spectrum of diagnosis and syndrome patterns of dysfunction, all of the young people coming to Yellowbrick from across the United States share the common difficulties in negotiating the universal challenges of transitioning into adulthood. Common diagnosis include mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, trauma related and dissociative disorders, co-occurring psychotic disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, borderline and avoidant personality disorders, and “failure to launch.”
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 14-35, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation will clarify strengths, limitations, risks, define motivation, goals and collaborative agreements & choices. In addition to supported apartment living at The Residence and Campus Competence, Yellowbrick’s Consultation & Treatment Center offers:
For more information about Yellowbrick including clinical issues, program model, services and fees, please download our fact sheet.
Have you experienced a severe life-changing trauma?
Do you have psychiatric symptoms & life impairment due to trauma?
Yellowbrick is an approved site for clinical trials of deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Deep TMS is already an established treatment for Major Depressive Disorder based on a strong track record of safety and efficacy.
Yellowbrick is seeking individuals to participate in a study of deep TMS for the treatment of PTSD. Participants will receive either actual or sham treatment 3x/week for 4 weeks and 2 follow-up treatment/assessment sessions.
For a study screening, contact Laura Viner, PhD, Director of Research, at email@example.com.
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Yellowbrick Foundation is a not for profit organization whose mission is to support research, training, community education regarding the emotional, psychological, and developmental challenge of emerging adults, ages 18 to 29. Visit the Yellowbrick Foundation website. Yellowbrick Journal VI. Yellowbrick Journal V. Yellowbrick Journal IV.
Yellowbrick allocates time and resources to assess the objective value of our treatment interventions. As you will see in this report, outcome assessment and research is based on the same dimensions of “real-time, real-life” change that is central to the Yellowbrick model. In addition to established outcome methods, we are also developing new methods to measure changes in the brain that are believed to accompany therapeutic and life changes. Outcome Report 2019 Outcome Report 2016 Outcome Report
Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation System for Treatment of Major Depression
Yellowbrick and Brainsway are partnering to be the first to bring this innovative & effective treatment for depression to Chicago. Yellowbrick is a primary investigator site for clinical research trials exploring additional FDA indications for this National Institute of Mental Health patented technology. Yellowbrick Brainsway Brochure
The Emerging Adult Art Show is one of the many Yellowbrick activities that combine treatment with community participation. Self-expression through involvement in the creative process, self-observation facilitated through the writing of an artist statement, and self-fulfillment experienced through the presentation of artistic creations combine with collaborative participation in a community of emerging adults, family members, treatment professionals, and for this activity, a local art gallery. The words and images on the pages of this publication are testament to the power of providing emerging adults an opportunity to access their strengths, develop competence and actualize goals.10th Anniversary Emerging Adult Art Show Book
Yellowbrick Consultation and Treatment Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.