Emerging Adult Program

Entering adulthood can be daunting with navigating new responsibilities and learning how to establish independence after adolescence. Many young adults experience various mental health challenges due to not feeling prepared enough to function as an adult on their own.

Group therapy for young adults who are struggling with creating direction in life

In the Emerging Adults Program, we continuously use evidence-based practices with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help address young adults’ needs and promote long-term growth. We also incorporate our Occupational Therapy team to help young adults with establishing autonomy.

The program includes Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP) and provides mental health treatment while also addressing key stressors, so young adults can gain a better sense of self and direction for their life.

We treat young adults struggling with:

  • Adult roles
  • Daily responsibilities
  • Identity confusion
  • Difficulty managing school due to intensity
  • Feelings of aimlessness towards their job/career
  • Building independence for themselves as they enter adulthood
  • Depression/anxiety/other mental health illnesses caused by lack of functioning

Participant requirements:

  • Young adults ages 18-25
  • Impairment in functioning regarding entering young adulthood
  • Willingness to identify ways to build independence and sense of identity
  • Exclusions: Adults acutely at risk of harming themselves, or with unmanaged psychosis/substance abuse or severe cognitive impairment


  • Monday - Friday for 3-6 hours/day for an average of 3-5 weeks
  • Linden Oaks Outpatient Center, 3805 E. Main St, Ste M, St. Charles, IL, 60542

For more information on our Emerging Adult program, please call the Linden Oaks Help Line 24/7 at 630-305-5027.

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