For the Professionals

For the Professionals

Hippocrates understood something crucial about neuroplasticity over two millennia ago;

Yellowbrick embraces this principle by offering repetitive experiences for learning and practicing new skills and adaptive patterns in situ while living in the community.


Yellowbrick has created a treatment center that is based upon inter-disciplinary research and the clinical wisdom of experienced clinical scholars. The pillars of the model include:

  1. Immersion in an Open Therapeutic Community of sober, age-related peers engaged in Real-Time Treatment rather than as-if institutional compliance.
  2. Synchrony Brain Health offering neuromodulation technologies such as dTMS, neurofeedback. Mindfulness self-regulation training, etc. in collaboration with Yellowbrick.
  3. In-depth individual and group psychotherapies guided by principles of interpersonal neurobiology provided by senior doctoral level professionals.
  4. Core Competence Skills Development: executive functioning, life skills, education & career skill development for facilitating the experience of true competence; Staff continues with the patient and family through all levels of care.
  5. Intensive, multidimensional, developmentally attuned Family Model.

Yellowbrick has evolved its theoretical approach to assessment and treatment within the framework of developmental, interpersonal neurobiology. The model is founded on state-of-the-art integration of current research and scholarship in the areas of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, developmental psychology, the full range of cognitive-behavioral & interpersonal (neuro-psychoanalytic) psychotherapies, and executive functioning/life-skills approaches in treatment.

The desired developmental outcomes of treatment with emerging adults are:

  • Connected and coherent self,
  • Resilience and effective self-regulation of emotion and behavior,
  • Interpersonal effectiveness across a range of intimacy; build a support system,
  • Resetting and maturation of motivation and reward systems,
  • Effective self-care & wellness, executive function, and life-skills,
  • Renegotiate relationship with family towards connected autonomy.

    (Arnett 2003, Schore 2012, Siegel 2012,  Cozolino 2015)
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Come for visit

Are you a mental health professional who’d like to see first-hand what Yellowbrick is all about?

Call Tracy Ashworth Director of Business Relationship Development at 847-869-1500 x 207 or email to arrange your visit.

Note: Some COVID restrictions apply; currently tours are available to 1-2 vaccinated professionals at a time

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Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.

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    Real-Time Treatment for Emerging Adults and their Families

    Bipolar Disorder

    A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.

    Major Depressive Disorder

    People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.

    Anxiety Disorders

    Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.

    Neuroatypical “Spectrum” Individuals and their Families

    These individuals often experience an extended period of anxiety and disruption as the young person ages out of the structured support settings available through the educational and social services systems.

    Thought Disorder

    A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.

    Personality Disorders

    Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.


    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.


    A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.

    Eating Disorders

    Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.


    A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.

    Adopted Individuals and Families

    We are committed to the developing specialized services for adopted emerging adults and their families.