Minding the Brain Neuromodulation & Life Strategies PHP/IOP

The immersion and synergy of neuro- modulation therapies with real-life mastery experience and in-depth psychotherapies, within a supportive and accountable peer community, heals the brain, transforms lives and results in enduring change, competence and resilience.

The deregulated brain cannot learn effectively. This is why many troubled individuals cannot make use of the DBT, CBT and ACT skills they have been exposed to in prior treatments. Establishing brain regulation is a priority in treatment. Towards this end, mindfulness and mind-body integration psychotherapy technologies are foundational within Yellowbrick’s model. Following Steve Porges’ Polyvagal Theory and Pat Ogden’s Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy, these techniques build upon ancient wisdom in how to transform the body’s neurophysiology into a self-directed vehicle for self-soothing and creating psychic safety. Similarly, following the work of Allan Schore, Efrat Ginot, Mark Solms and others, psychotherapies that address the core interpersonal roadblocks to secure attachment open opportunities for emotional regulation in trusted and responsive relationships.

These efforts are reinforced with the utilization of neuroscience technologies such as deep TMS, neurofeedback and Direct Current Stimulators. Through different processes, each of these technologies assists the brain to establish new networking and default patterns that are better regulated and more effective.

The groups within the Minding the Brain – Life Strategies Program are organized around these core principles of emotional stability through self-regulation and secure attachment. Educational, experiential and interpersonal strategies are utilized to support the brain systems maturing universally in all emerging adults. These brain systems are responsible for the following essential functions:

  • Connected and coherent self-identity
  • Resilience and effective self-regulation of emotion and behavior
  • Interpersonal effectiveness across a range of relationships; 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; connected autonomy
    (Arnett, Schore, Siegel, Cozolino)

There are three afternoon IOPs (three hours) which address specialty issues within the emerging adults at Yellowbrick. These can be attended separately or in addition to the Minding the Brain – Life Strategies PHP.

The Trauma Recovery Program IOP provides educational, experiential and interpersonal groups which assist individuals to recognize the impact of trauma within their life, reframe how trauma is embedded within their self-identity experience, and find self-authorization, empowerment and competence in moving through the trauma experience.

The Rewards Alternative Program IOP provides educational, experiential and interpersonal groups which assist individuals to engage motivation, vitalization of the self and reward through choices other than substance use and compulsive stimulating behaviors.

The Soma-Self IOP provides educational, experiential, and interpersonal groups assisting individuals who have a troubled relationship with their bodies. This includes individuals with eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and a history of trauma, illness or injury, gender dysphoria, etc. Supported meals are also available daily at both The Residence and Consultation & Treatment Center.

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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.