When a young person is tangled up, depressed or addicted, has an eating disorder or other problems, he or she may have a tendency to shut himself or herself off from the world around him or her on a regular basis.

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What is isolation?

Many young people sometimes have a day on which they prefer to lock themselves up for a while and have no one around them for a while. To isolate themselves. Telephone switched off, no internet or TV and no contact with the outside world. But sometimes, young people use isolation as a way to escape from negative experiences, unpleasant situations at school or at home. In this way they experience no obligations. They have no people around them who expect something from them. They do not have to be happy and cheerful when they are not. When a young person is alone and isolates himself, he or she may feel that everything is under control. This is called escape behaviour. It does not offer solutions; the problems, feelings of loneliness and uncertainty only get worse.

Effects of isolation

When a young person isolates him or herself from the outside world, his or her social life might suffer from this. Friendships begin to fade, which causes the person concerned wanting to isolate himself even more. A lot of unpleasant moments occur within the family, when someone tries to talk about it or tries to encourage the teenager or young adult to partake within family activities. 

Treatment of isolation

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics, we help young people feel safe again and discuss their problems. Isolation can often successfully be treated. In the majority of cases, treatment of isolation will have a beneficial effect. By giving teenagers or young adults a lot of personal attention, understanding their feelings, and communicating the positive sides of life, we can soon help these young people experience change. During the 10-week treatment, our experienced team strives to reduce any medication that the teenager or young adult already receives to zero or as little as possible. Our psychiatrists watch over this process to ensure the safety of our fellows.


An essential part of the treatment 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 in the treatment of addictions. The fellows have several weekly one-on-one sessions with their regular therapist, who works 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, any at all, you can always contact us. We cannot stress enough that we are always there for you, whether you sign up for a 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. After business hours – weekdays after 6:00 p.m. and on the weekends – your call will be forwarded. Please note that it might take longer than usual to answer your call. If we cannot answer the call right away, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can also fill in our contact form.

Register for an intake interview

Would you like to register a teenager or young adult (aged 13-25) for a treatment at Yes We Can Youth Clinics? Please fill in 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 10 weeks intensive residential treatment. During the treatment there is also 4 days of family coaching & counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised, in collaboration with our partners all over the world.

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