Timberline Knolls

40 Timberline Drive, Lemont, Illinois, 60439

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Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides treatment in an all-female environment, for adolescents, teens and adult women facing behavioral health challenges that include eating disorders, chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions. Individualized treatment options include a blend of clinical and holistic therapies, plus daily 12-Step practice to foster long-term recovery.

Facility Highlights

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Individual Family Therapy Sessions
  • Family Dynamics Group

Specialization

  • Creative Arts Therapy
    Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
  • Equine Therapy
    A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

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Melissa

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Timberline Knolls was not the place for our daughter. She has been diagnosed with bipolar, BPD and anxiety. IF you are considering Timberline Knolls I recommend doing your homework thoroughly. Communication with case managers, doctors and therapists is extremely challenging. The plan was to stay for 30 days and then transition to a PHP. She was discharged with no after care plan, no referral to a PHP (even though we were told that she did). Paperwork that was needed in order for her to keep her job secure and receive disability benefits while she is healing have still - 7 days AFTER her discharge-NOT been submitted by the doctor. From the first day she arrived to the day she was discharged was fraught with issues. Timberline Knolls was not the healing place that we had hoped it would be. DO NOT make your decision based on what you see on the website or what the \"admissions counselor\" sells you over the phone. Very, very, very misleading. Do your research, read reviews, check the BBB website.

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I went to Timberline for behavioral health problems (primarily Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD). This treatment program changed my life. It was incredibly helpful and I very strongly recommend it. I feel content and have self compassion for the first time in my life. I found the group therapy sessions very helpful and appreciated the emphasis on DBT skills. Generally the peers I had who didn\'t find it helpful were skipping groups. You get out of it what you put into it. If you commit yourself to the program and attend your groups and work well with your care team, this program will likely have a very positive impact on your life. The only negative thing I would say is that it was a bit short staffed. The facility was very nice with a beautiful location. As a person who has trauma related to men, I appreciated that the staff was mostly female with very few males, all of whom had a gentle demeanor and I didn\'t find threatening. I also appreciated the fact that there was an LGBTQA+ group.

Debbie

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Our daughter was a resident at TK in the spring of 2020 during the COVID pandemic. We were very nervous about sending her there due to other reviews and incidents that we read about in the news. We are so happy that we sent her! We had an honest conversation, sharing our concerns, and the staff was very reassuring about measures that have been put into place to protect the residents. The staff is very caring, professional, and knowledgable. They very quickly figured our daughter out and were able to help her do the extremely hard work to make progress with her mental health. They also did a great job of coaching us through the process and answering our questions about how to help her. They were honest with us, even when it meant that we had to change our parenting strategy. You will read reviews from adolescent residents that tell you how much they hate TK, and our daughter would probably say that, too, but from a parent\'s perspective it\'s because they are put into a position where they have to follow the rules and do the hard work. And it\'s HARD emotional work. They aren\'t allowed to disappear. And they don\'t like it. Our daughter really wanted us to bring her home. We\'re so happy that we made her stay until she was ready to come \"through the front door.\" She made huge progress that she wouldn\'t have been able to make through weekly therapy sessions at home. The psychiatrist was also able to tweak her medications to make them work better for her. As for COVID, TK did an amazing job keeping the residents safe. They have strict protocols in place and while we were involved there were no reported cases. We found that to be amazing! Visiting came to a screeching halt after about 3 weeks into our daughter\'s program, but TK set up virtual visits every weekend that worked just fine. It wasn\'t quite the same as being there in person, but it reassured us that all was well. They showed great flexibility by getting new systems in place immediately. The only reason that I didn\'t give TK a 5 star review is because they have work to do on communication with the family. It was really frustrating for us at first because we didn\'t understand the system and couldn\'t figure out how to know what was going on. We had to really push to get our daughter a counselor that she connected with and had to push to get feedback on her progress. Once we kicked and screamed enough things were put into place to help us understand. We absolutely loved the individual counselor and the family counselor. Some recommendations for TK would be to have a better orientation process for parents and regular check in times without the resident in attendance so the parents may freely ask questions. Ultimately, this is what we worked out with our family counselor, but it would have been better if that had been automatic from the beginning. Also, we recommend better continuity of care between the psychiatrist/counselor at TK and the professionals at home. There was no communication between TK and home until we insisted on it. We absolutely recommend TK for adolescent care. We hope to never be in the situation of needing them again, but would definitely send our daughter back without hesitation.

Maddy

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My experience at TK was transformative. I stayed for 4.5 months in the eating disorder lodge. The clinicians (therapists and dieticians) were incredibly helpful in my recovery process. I was pushed and supported the entire time during my stay. The therapists that I worked with were understanding, supportive, and encouraging. I was able to work through my issues relating to self-harm, suicidal ideation, my eating disorder, and trauma. The nurses are extremely hardworking and dedicated, and they are committed to assisting you with anything you need. My once-weekly meeting with the psychiatrist helped me find the correct medication and led to a huge improvement in my mood. There is a dedicated staff of aftercare planners who work with you to determine your plans after discharge. The staff at TK listens, supports, and responds. Upon my discharge I felt completely ready to go into the world and embrace recovery. My staff at TK saved my life.

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Absolutely terrible ineffective place. It’s a farce
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