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Why Choose Yellowbrick

It can be a painful struggle coming to a realization that you or a loved one needs a residential or program (PHP/IOP) level of psychiatric care. Research shows that even the most capable office psychotherapy and medications often isn’t enough to sufficiently reduce symptoms, impairment of functioning and suffering. Finding the right program can be frustrating and difficult to navigate.

What is involved in the “right fit”? What approach to treatment addresses what I need?

Emerging adults need a balance of safety, structure, autonomy and a community of relationships. At Yellowbrick, you’ll find similar peers and professionals who are deeply committed, capable yet also relate as real people.

Yellowbrick is a community of emerging adult peers, all of whom are struggling within the universal challenges of navigating into adulthood. Individuals bring their individual vulnerabilities and symptomatic responses to these struggles. Yellowbrick’s approach supports both the universal developmental needs and strivings as well as working with the individual patterns that thwart functioning and satisfaction.

The foundation of Yellowbrick’s treatment model is that of an Open Therapeutic Community which means that relationships are not based on power, control or a shifting of responsibility towards staff. This makes explicit that emerging adults have full authority and are responsible and accountable for their choices. The role of staff is to be present within this “Living Laboratory” and assist with self-connection and self-regulation towards adaptive choices. Structure is offered not in the form of rules, rewards or punishments, but the natural ecology of agreements and accountability within relationships. This disrupts former patterns which are often tenaciously attached and fiercely defended.

Since 2005, Yellowbrick has executed on its mission to be the nation’s referral center for the treatment of troubled emerging adults. Treatment at Yellowbrick is modeled on brain based and trauma informed research and clinical wisdom. The model innovatively integrates neuroscience, mindfulness practice, skills based and neuro-psychoanalytic psychotherapies with life skills and executive function practices.

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