Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy & Groups for Women & Girls

By recognizing that you or your loved one may be struggling with a serious problem, you’ve already taken an important step toward a better future. We’re here to guide you through the next phase of getting help.

Why Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an effective recovery tool that helps women realize their potential to create a meaningful life for themselves, regardless of challenges they have experienced in the past. They are supported in this pursuit through education and practice of recovery skills when confronted with:

  • difficult, overwhelming emotions
  • invalidating environments
  • problematic thinking patterns
  • old, destructive ways of living

Dialectical behavioral therapy is a form of integrated treatment combining behavioral, cognitive, and supportive therapies. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan of the University of Washington, DBT emphasizes teaching each woman how to experience her emotions and create a life worth living. Developed to address complex mood and personality disorders, DBT is especially effective in treating persons who have suffered repeated relapses of self mutilationeating disorders, co-occurring psychiatric illnesses, or addiction.

There are four primary aspects of DBT skills training that a woman will learn and practice throughout her treatment in our therapeutic living environment:

  • Mindfulness. Learning to control your mind so it does not control you.
  • Distress Tolerance. Learning how to make it through crisis situations without making matters worse (without engaging in self harm).
  • Emotion Regulation. Learning how to tolerate and regulate your emotions in productive ways.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness. Learning how to be more effective in communicating with others, and being aware of your own limits in relationships while also observing the limits of others.

What Are The Goals Of DBT?

DBT works to replace an “either/or” perspective (e.g. either experience emotional chaos, or attempt to manage it through a destructive behavior) with a perspective that allows the resident to develop a “both/and” approach to life.

DBT emphasizes a woman’s ability to replace destructive thought and behavior patterns with healthy, adaptive choices. DBT first helps women to decrease destructive behaviors like:

  • Patterns of intense and unstable relationships
  • Extreme vulnerability to emotions
  • Impulsiveness- self harm, cutting, drinking, binging, purging, and restricting
  • Confusion about self, getting stuck in ruminative thoughts, memories, emotions.

Simultaneously, women learn skills that promote healthy thoughts and behaviors such as:

  • Living in the present moment
  • Living through distress
  • Living with emotions as our ally
  • Living with others effectively
  • Living in balance between acceptance and change

How Does Timberline Knolls Integrate DBT into Treatment?

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center combines dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) with recovery principles into an integrated, holistic treatment program for womensuffering with eating disorders, substance abuse, and co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders.

Residents work in groups to learn the skills of DBT and practice mindfulness. Groups emphasize real-life examples and role-playing exercises that complement other core groups. Group practice helps women make their feelings speakable while simultaneously teaching emotional regulation. DBT also promotes shame-reduction related both to eating disorders and addictive diseases, and to unresolved trauma.

Outside of the structured DBT group setting, women are encouraged to practice each of the DBT skills daily. Because DBT is fully integrated into the residential living environment, trained staff are always there to help women in crisis to apply DBT skills for self-soothing. This helps women move beyond symptoms and other self-harming behaviors, and builds confidence in recovery. Many women also choose to practice mindfulness exercises independently and in groups during free time on the lodge.

DBT is also integrated tightly into experiential and expressive therapy activities. Particularly for younger women, games, art projects and other hands-on activities can reinforce a women’s freedom of choice and bolster self-esteem

Every member of our clinical staff, including nursing and support staff, receives training in dialectical behavioral therapy. Therapists are under continuing clinical supervision to further their development as advanced DBT practitioners. As a result, residents know they are surrounded by a supportive team, each of whom understands the struggle to change her way of thinking and surrender to a new way of living. Combined with awareness of 12 Step Recovery Principles, DBT provides women with a solid foundation to accept their feelings and experiences, and to exercise their power to change the things they can.

My experience with a nearly six week long stay here was very positive! I learned new behaviors to replace my old destructive ones and achieved sobriety here. All of which I have been able to continue because of my treatment at this facility! I highly recommend this place!

– A former resident
Why Choose Timberline Knolls?
Marks of Quality Care
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Lemont Chamber of Commerce
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval