Avoidant behaviour

Avoidant behaviour

Teenagers and young adults with avoidant behaviour show a pattern of severe social anxiety, social inhibition, and feelings of inadequacy and inferiority.

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How does avoidant personality disorder display?

Youngsters who show avoidant behaviour often feel very anxious and insecure in friendships and relationships with their social environment. They find it challenging to show who they are and avoid being open to others. This creates a tendency to stand on the sidelines and see which way the wind blows until they are sure they are accepted. Often, they are afraid to do or say something wrong and are only concerned about how someone else thinks about them. When they ask themselves this question, their conclusion is always negative. This avoidance can be the result of trauma, depression, a strong negative self-image or a history of being bullied.

Treatment of avoidant behaviour

We specialise in dealing with multiple problems (co-morbidity) at Yes We Can Youth Clinics. Our intensive treatment programme helps young people cope with avoidant behaviour and the other issues they face so that they can look forward to a bright, new future. Warmth, sincere attention and involvement are central to our approach.

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics, we are available 24/7 to provide warm and professional guidance. We help young people, whom we call 'fellows', to deal with their problems and become empowered to function well in society again. We do not look at the 'labels' they have received in the past but rather at their talents, qualities and possibilities. The clinical treatment programme lasts ten weeks. Our follow-up care programme continues to help and guide these young people in their recovery and further development. For example, finding a fulfilling way of life plays an important role.


An essential part of treating avoidant behaviour takes place in groups. During group sessions led by an expert-by-experience counsellor, the fellows share their stories, give each other feedback and set personal goals. These sessions have a lot of recognition since the fellows have the same problems the counsellors have overcome. This recognition gives the fellows confidence and the will to continue.

Types of treatment

During the treatment, a lot of attention is focused on the fellow's family (systemic therapy). Parents follow our family coaching and counselling programme. The clinic has daily sports and outdoor activities where fellows work together, push boundaries and put their goals into practice. Behavioural therapy and skills training are also used during treatment. The fellows have several weekly one-on-one sessions with our psychiatrists and their regular therapists, who work closely with our other (care) professionals. This way, we always know how the fellows are doing and what they need. 

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Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teenagers and young adults who are suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues. If you have any questions at all, you can always contact us. We cannot stress enough that we are always there for you, whether you sign up for treatment in our clinic or not. 

You can reach us by phone from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (GMT +1) via phone number: +31 (0)85 02 01 222. Your call will be forwarded after business hours, on weekdays after 6:00 p.m. and on the weekends. Please note that it might take longer than usual to answer your call. If we cannot reply to the call right away, please leave a message, and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can also fill out our contact form.

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Would you like to register a teenager or young adult (aged 13-25) for treatment at Yes We Can Youth Clinics? Please fill out our intake form and we will contact you to schedule a personal intake interview.

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Why it works

For young people aged 13-25, Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers ten weeks of intensive residential treatment. During the treatment, there are also four days of family coaching & counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised in collaboration with our partners worldwide.

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