Outpatient DBT Treatment at Oasis

Our Outpatient DBT Treatment Program is geared toward individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to treatment and agree to participate in all three components of the program. Individuals in our program can continue employment, school, and normal daily activities. In fact, it is our mission to help individuals integrate DBT skills into their everyday life. Our DBT program adheres to the strict DBT protocol and we are proud to say all our therapists are intensively trained by Behavioral Tech, LLC.

Many people have heard of the successful outcomes associated with DBT and look forward to participating in our program. Our team will assess and work with those interested in DBT Treatment to determine the readiness and commitment prior to placement in a program. Participants are asked to commit to a minimum of 6 months of DBT skills training, weekly individual therapy and phone coaching. Many of our clients complete additional rounds of skills training prior to graduation from the program in order to integrate the skills into daily life.

People who have participated in the Oasis Outpatient DBT Treatment Program have reported unbelievable changes in their life. Many clients are eager to share the story of their transformation with newcomers in the DBT Skills Group. They cannot imagine life without DBT.


Individual Therapy
Participants meet one to two times weekly with their individual DBT therapist for therapy sessions that target specific areas or events that are explored in depth based on the hierarchy of goals agreed upon.

DBT Skills Group
The core of DBT is a 2-hour group attended weekly for 24 weeks to learn and develop skills in four core areas:

  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance

Our groups are taught in a classroom format following a series of lesson plans, with homework, in-group assignments, and review.  Currently, we offer the following DBT Skills Groups:

  • Adult DBT: Our traditional 26 week DBT program is led by Dr. Shutt and Dr. Friedman, who have been teaching DBT skills as a team for many years. As clients move through the stages of DBT treatment, they experience a decrease in behaviors that diminish their quality of life.
  • Advanced DBT:  For clients who have successfully completed the full 26-week program and wish to continue building skills and receiving support.
  • DBT for Young Adults:  Designed for adults ages 18-25 who are launching into independence.  DBT Skills are enhanced with  an interactive approach using technology, art and other expressive therapies.
  • DBTeen:  Our DBTeen program offers the combination of DBT skills and inquiry learning needed to keep teens inspired.  This program accommodates local school schedules and includes The Middle Path, a parent skills group that runs concurrently with the teen group.
  • WISE-UP and DBTween:  Our DBT inspired youth programs presents core DBT skills into a kid-friendly package that promotes creativity and engages the wise mind.

Phone Coaching
Phone coaching is not “phone therapy”. It is an opportunity for clients to get real-time support for the application of their newly learned skills and to receive assistance in identifying the most effective skill to use when in a highly emotional state. The phone contact is brief, structured, and intended to support the work done in individual therapy and DBT skills group.

Qualified Professional Team

Our intensively trained DBT therapists also meet weekly in a consultation group to maintain the highest standards of DBT application. The meeting is focused on elevating the therapeutic knowledge of the team as a whole and to enhance the DBT experience of our clients.

In addition to our Outpatient DBT Program, Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches offers a variety of well researched and highly effective treatment approaches. Our expert staff members are trained in EMDR, trauma resolution therapies, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We also have advanced certifications and training in the treatment of addiction and eating disorders.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a principle driven approach to therapy that was developed in the 1970’s by Dr. Marsha Linehan. Every member of our clinical team has been intensively trained in the DBT treatment approach. All of us at the Oasis feel passionate about integrating DBT skills in all aspects of treatment, to help our clients create a life worth living. In fact, many of our clients will attest to the fact that DBT has changed their lives in unbelievable ways.

In the confines of a non-judgmental and nurturing treatment environment, our clinicians assist people in changing their behavior while accepting and validating it at the same time. Clients also learn life-changing skills, with the hope that these skills will ultimately generalize to their everyday lives. DBT treatment also assists our clients in coping effectively with tumultuous interpersonal situations; learning how to get through pain without creating suffering; and all the while remaining present and emotionally regulated.

DBT is an empirically supported treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. However, research has also been expanded to include a variety of other disorders, including substance addiction, eating disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders just to name a few.

DBT treatment targets problems in a particular order, which prevents DBT from becoming a treatment wherein the focus is simply on the crisis of the week. Stages of treatment include: helping clients decrease behaviors that are life-threatening behavior, interfere with treatment, and diminish quality of life. The goal essentially is to help our clients create a life of peace, calm and fulfillment. Our clinicians are passionate in assisting clients through the various stages of treatment and love watching them blossom in mind, body and soul.

The Oasis treatment team pride themselves on conducting comprehensive standard DBT. A program of this nature is broken down into three primary components:

  • Weekly skills training group to teach and practice DBT skills.
  • Weekly individual therapy to address the client’s treatment commitment, review diary cards (to track behaviors), and discuss personalized goals.
  • Telephone coaching in order to generalize skills into the client’s daily life

Important! – Many therapists claim to offer DBT Treatment, but have little or no training. Furthermore, according to Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, DBT treatment will not be effective unless the individual therapist meets weekly in a DBT consultation team. Before you begin DBT treatment ask your therapist the following questions:

  1. Where did you receive your DBT Training?
  2. How many years have you been practicing DBT?
  3. Who else in your practice is trained in DBT?
  4. Do you participate in a DBT consultation team?

“Dr. Friedman and Dr. Shutt together have helped me open up to a world of skills in DBT. In order to be able to change your thinking or behavior, you must be first aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This is based on Mindfulness which is a tool that has helped me with not only relapse prevention, but any stress or loss in my life. Additionally, I have learned about observing, describing and participating in life with non judgment and the differences between reasonable mind, wise mind, & emotional mind. DBT has taught me how to deal with people in life and in conflict, regulate my emotions, and one of my favorites…Distress Tolerance! The tool that gives you permission to take care of you by improving the moment, distracting & self soothing!”

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