We utilize evidence-based practices when treating clients at Lifeskills South Florida Outpatient Center. Our caring professionals’ partner with clients and families to design a customized treatment plan specific to each client’s unique needs using five primary clinical pathways. Clients are typically involved in more than one clinical pathway during treatment.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Provided through a comprehensive Linehan compliant 13-week program, as well as auxiliary DBT groups for those focusing on other clinical pathways. Our clinicians are intensively trained at Behavioral Tech, a Linehan Institute Training Company, for advanced skills in the use of DBT. For Lifeskills South Florida Outpatient, having intensively trained clinicians reinforces, expands, and strengthens our current DBT program. For our clients, it improves the quality of DBT programming that we offer. We strive to ensure our staff are highly trained and responsible in providing comprehensive DBT skills.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

A solution focused, evidence-based treatment approach. At the most basic level, CBT can be described as understanding and challenging irrational, often negative thinking. As clients become aware of how cognitions, emotions, and behavior are related they can learn a new way to respond.

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Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT)

A computer-based training technique that facilitates improvement in targeted cognitive areas, such as executive functioning and processing speed. Cognitive skills, such as a person’s ability to pay attention, remember, process information solve problems, organize and reorganize information and communicate and act upon information—work together to allow an individual to function independently in their environment.


We treat the full continuum of post-traumatic stress responses, including both simple and complex PTSD. Utilizing a variety of interventions, a client’s trauma team will follow a 3-stage approach:

  • Stage 1 – Safety and Stabilization: Skill building, learning to cope safely with triggers, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, cravings, and building insight.
  • Stage 2 – Trauma Processing: Intensive individual therapy using EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, CPT and/or DBT.
  • Stage 3 – Reintegration: Combination of life skills training and reconnecting to or establishing life’s purpose and meaning.

Substance Use Disorder

Our holistic approach integrates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) principles with the 12-step philosophy. Chemical DBT programming is a structured program, consisting of four separate modules that are conducted during 21 group sessions lasting between 60-90 minutes each, twice a week. During this time, clients practice a mindfulness exercise, review and process homework from the previous session, and learn new skills. Attending each session is essential to treatment, as each one plays off the previous session.

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Individual and Group Therapy

Using a comprehensive assessment, we work with clients to design a treatment program tailored to meet the needs of the client that complement the clinical pathways with secondary supports. Our professional team of therapists work one-on-one with clients to help clients identify and address specific issues related to their disorder. It is through individual therapy that clients can begin to understand their disorder and begin to develop coping skills and techniques to help manage their symptoms.

Group work is the cornerstone of treatment in outpatient treatment. Clients work with a primary therapist and benefit from therapeutic work in a group setting that offers accountability, structure, education and support from peers as well as clinical staff. Group sessions occur in the morning or evening to accommodate individual schedules. The following outpatient specialty groups are offered in our treatment program:

  • Applying Cognitive Behavioral Skills
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention

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Family Therapy

Family involvement in the treatment of a loved one is an important part of the recovery process. At Lifeskills Outpatient Center, each client is assigned a separate family therapist who will provide regularly scheduled sessions to help loved ones work through past issues, as well as new dynamics and challenges. During the Therapeutic Family Weekend, clients and their families have the opportunity to connect with others facing similar issues, further education on chemical dependency, psychiatric illnesses, and process significant issues in a therapeutic and safe environment.

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If you are interested in our evidence based practices, please contact Lifeskills. Call us today at 844-749-1560.

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