Lifeskills South Florida Testimonials: Referents

Regarding placement:

“As a licensed mental health professional who works with numerous programs across the country, I know that I can trust Lifeskills South Florida with my most complex referrals. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know and coming to trust the leadership and staff at Lifeskills. Dr. Ockman is extremely helpful and always accommodating with anything that might arise with a client. He provides sound leadership to his clinical staff and I feel that as a team they bring an expert level of skill to assist the clients that are entrusted to their care.”
Matthew Abraham
“Over several years we have made many referrals to Lifeskills South Florida and the feedback following admission has been positive. The programming is empirically based treatment and the staff is knowledgeable about the latest recommended treatments for various co-occurring disorders. The clinical staff is responsive to us referents and to their clients. The facility is conducive to recovery and demonstrates the respect the program has for their clients. The clinical team is exceptional. They have a shared vision of clinical excellence that is truly reflected in the leadership of the program.”
University-based teaching facility, Boston, CA
“We have worked with Lifeskills South Florida since 2003. They are one of our primary referrals because of their ability to work with diagnostically complex and challenging clients. They provide a variety of treatment services such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, vocational testing, chemical dependency and eating disorder treatment and assessment. More importantly, they are committed to working with treatment refractory clients and doing so with a team of very dedicated professionals. We are lucky to have them as a referral source and have heard from many family members who are pleased with the experiences they have had at Lifeskills South Florida.”
University-based teaching facility, Houston, TX
“I never use a program that I haven’t toured, and Lifeskills passes the mustard. I have just referred my first client with full confidence of success!”
Dr. Mark Burdick, Burdick Psychological & Placement Services, International
“Thumbs up for Lifeskills South Florida, where hope is transformed into healing. I had an amazing experience of professionalism, knowledge and positivity during my visit and be happy to include Lifeskills into my portfolio of recommendations for mental health and substance use disorders. ”
Susanne Johnson, CAI-II, CBI, CRS, EMR, Metropolis, IL
“Lifeskills is well paced and organized, great staff! Great facilities! Very impressive. My clients felt so much more comfortable with sending their daughter to treatment, knowing that I knew the place and had met the staff.”
Janette Patterson, Relationship Collaboration Therapy, Silver Spring, MD
“Lifeskills is an amazing program staffed with caring, compassionate and competent individuals.”
William Jason Thompson, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, Lindner Center of Hope

Lifeskills South Florida Testimonials: Clients

Regarding treatment:

“The staff and leadership are composed of quality individuals that exhibit clinical excellence, teamwork, integrity and compassion. Highly recommended!”
Grateful Client
“When I came to Lifeskills South Florida, I was resistant to change, and believed that I did not need any help. Despite this, the treatment team and staff were still very supportive, and helped me to realize that I had things to work on. After I adjusted to the environment and realized that I really did have serious mental health and substance abuse issues, I fully immersed myself in the treatment, so that I could become a version of myself that I could be proud of. My primary therapist, Christine Quinn, was one of the best therapists that I’ve had in my life. She never hesitated to go above and beyond, or to tailor the treatment to my specific needs. I have an emotional support animal (ESA) whom, with the help of Christine, was welcomed into the community. The program offers treatment opportunities for a myriad of disorders/issues including substance abuse, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, family dynamics, etc. While in treatment, I had the opportunity to take a fully diagnostic psychoanalysis to determine precisely what mental health disorders I was struggling with, and a few were discovered that I had not previously been treated for. I also was able to take gene-site testing, a test that looks at markers in your DNA to determine which psychotropic medications would work well for you, and which would cause undesired side effects and/or not improve the targeted issues. One of the most impressive things to me was the variety of recovery meetings offered to the clients, including AA, NA, CA, MA, SMART, and Refuge. They really do try to offer whatever works for each individual patient. Overall, my stay at Lifeskills was exactly what I needed and I couldn’t have asked for more. I came in as a late-teen with mental-health and substance issues that were vying for my life, a nearly broken-beyond-repair family dynamic, and a lack of purpose in direction. Lifeskills helped me to make a complete 180, and I left here with knowledge on how to manage and cope with my mental health, a strong desire and ability to stay sober, improved relationships with my family, and a plan for continuing my education and legitimate career aspirations.”
Grateful Client
>”I had struggled with severe depression and anxiety for 13 years prior to coming here, so intensely that I came to view it as a fact of life, an inextricable part of myself. Lifeskills helped me break free of this, freed me from prisons in which I never knew I was contained. What’s more, they did so in a way that empowered me to find my own solutions, providing me with swimming lessons instead of a life vest, an internal set of tools which I’m confident will always serve me reliably. This is the first treatment center I’ve ever been to, so I regrettably cannot speak to its comparative efficacy in an informed capacity, but I’m confident (especially in hearing about some of my peers’ prior experiences) that it’s a generous cut above the average. If you, like I used to, consider happiness a strange and fleeting anomaly rather than a consistent and familiar mood, I strongly recommend Lifeskills SF. It works if you work it.”
Grateful Client
“I walked through the Lifeskills gates coming off two near death suicide attempts and very apprehensive to treatment. I quickly started to demonize the program and was unwilling to conform to the community. I wanted nothing to do with the groups and resented the structure that I was asked to follow. Being from Brooklyn, I was unfamiliar with this particular law that Florida implements when you’re non compliant with treatment called the Marchman Act. It’s a law that your therapist and parents can decide to hire a lawyer and enact, despite whether they have guardianship over you or not. This sounds unappealing, controlling and violating but its dialectical. I was right to feel betrayed and violated but on the flip side, the court order to Marchman Act and keep me at Lifeskills saved my life literally and figuratively. Literally, I know that if I had bailed and left treatment I would have hit rock bottom again and my luck dodging death with suicide attempts would have run out. Figuratively, I have a life that for the first time in a long time i’m looking forward to rather than hopelessly dreading it. I have plans, goals and aspirations that I’m gonna pursue in which I never had the motivation or the fortitude to carry out when I was using and mentally in a bad head space. I had an epiphany about 3 weeks into treatment and decided I want something better for my life. I choose my future and my past tells me where I’ve been but doesn’t have to dictate where I’m going. I started complying with everything that was asked of me, going to groups, showing the staff respect and engaging in the community and I transformed from an angry and self isolated victim to an inspirational and motivated leader who enjoys setting the tone for others and who wants to pursue a career in psychology, working with people who have the same struggles that I came into treatment with. I believe there’s nothing better than turning you’re greatest struggles and demons into your most profound attributes. The trick to success at Lifeskills and all other treatment centers is simple. First, surround yourself with the individuals dedicated to getting and staying better. The winners. The leaders. The people who are gonna lead by example and motivate you not to fall off the wagon regardless of whether you’re here for drugs, alcohol or mental health. Second, avoid the drama at all costs, once again being a leader not a follower and understanding that to adapt to your surroundings means finding common ground with everyone but at the same time being mature enough not to get sucked into the drama. Third, it contradicts life outside of Lifeskills but when in treatment you have to be selfish. You have to understand that although the community aspect is an intricate part of getting stable, you’re ultimately here for yourself and the only person that benefits from your success or failure is YOU. Soak up everything you can whether it be groups that apply or not, individual therapy, living in a safe community where you can’t throw a rock without hitting one of your friends or staff who you know can relate to anything you got on your mind, or simply just a beautiful environment you can work on yourself without outside stressors. If you do these simple things I guarantee you not only success in this program but a new outlook on your life. I did it so I know it’s possible. Good Luck.”
Grateful Client
“Lifeskills has helped me in so many ways it really has changed my life mentality and helped with bipolar and addiction. It gave me coping skills for addiction and anger management and it has been great for communication. My relationships with my family have improved tremendously. The staff has been amazing, both residential (especially Gus) and clinical staff – they are kind and help you with all needs and direct you in the most positive way in life. I would suggest Lifeskills to any one in need of help in mental health and addiction.”
Grateful Client
“This is a great place with phenomenal therapists that do their best to put each client in a great position, both emotionally and spiritually. I came here in May of 2018 and am getting ready to leave in January 2019, and I have made some great friends with lifelong memories to cherish. I would recommend coming here for treatment. It can be expensive but if you have PPO insurance that will help with cost tremendously.”
Grateful Client
“I spent 3 months residential and the staff of very friendly for the most part, they do show so tough love when necessary but always leave you feeling cared about. I personally would recommend the therapist Michelle to anybody who decides treatment is what they need. Even if you aren’t assigned to her she is usually there to talk to. I highly recommend the program to anyone seeking help.”
Grateful Client
“Five Stars! I began treatment at Lifeskills South Florida on December 13, 2017. I came here for Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, grief, and sexual identity issues. I saw no hope for my life and was losing trust with my friends, family, and school. Self-harming and drug use were taking over my life and saw no escape from it. After starting their three month residential program (it takes about a month to get used to the facility), I began to notice an environment of healing and growth. The mental health technicians are highly trained and spoke with me when I was having my darkest moments and gave me support when I most needed it. The non-clinical staff was outstanding and made my three-month residential stay absolutely amazing. I then transitioned to their PHP program and lived at Osceola House, which is less intense than residential, but structured well enough to support sobriety and recovery from mental illnesses. The director, April Scholl, is absolutely amazing and has a real passion for clients. The step-down programs really work and I highly recommend their continuum of care. The clinical team here was fantastic and always had the clients’ best interests in mind. My therapist, Dr. Michelle Quilter, changed my life from my first session, along with my family therapist Sara Arce. The discipline that this place taught me has given me structure to my life and I no longer want to use substances, self-harm, or lie to my friends. If you are struggling with mental health issues, I encourage you to contact Lifeskills because they care about each client. You are not a number here; you are an individual person who they genuinely care about. I would not be alive if I had never come to Lifeskills. My future career in medicine is now a real possibility. You have to work here to get well, but they will provide you with everything you need. Thank you Lifeskills South Florida.”
Grateful Client
“I was in residential treatment for 5 months, due to trauma, and there aren’t sufficient adjectives in the English language to describe the amazing staff and superior quality of service provided. The clinicians are top-notch and the treatment is exceptional; their level of training and experience is highest in nation. Also, would like to mention that they are magnificent human beings. Their interns undergo first rate training, and are always eager to be a liaison with and between patients, technicians, and other staff. Their technicians treat all the patients with love and respect, and have all the same goal – the patient’s well being and self-sufficiency. The cleaning staff is full of love, happiness, and well-intentioned. Without mentioning that the nurses are always smiling, and highly interested in patient’s health.”
Grateful Client
“By now you know that I came from a very loving and competitive family. Our parents love us more than life but made sure that we learned that hard work and dedication would ultimately lead to success. In my quest for perfection, I fell apart. I lost sight of my dreams, gave up on my heart, and didn’t care who it hurt. Thank you for opening my eyes, pointing me in the right direction and never giving up on me. You are one in a million and will never forget you. In a way, you saved my life…Thank you.”
Grateful client, Bergen County, NJ
“I am 28 years old and suffer from addiction and mental health issues. In my life my sickness has taken me through so much pain, loss and near death experiences. On my path to recovery i have been through 26 treatment centers, detox programs and psych hospitals. I was completely at my wits end. No treatment center I have found had the capacity to help me, and it always ended the same way. Life skills south Florida has helped me in many various ways such as getting back to who I really am inside and out. My self esteem is boosted everyday as I taker care of my self, do my own laundry cook my own meals and attend self help, mental health and addiction groups throughout the day. The counselors are skilled and able to dealing with me on a level that is personal and supports the growth that I am PERSONALLY seeking as well as what my family wishes to achieve. I highly recommend Life skills south Florida to ANYONE who is seeking help in this area of their life.”
Grateful Client, California
“I graduated from college today. I wanted to write you to tell you that I couldn’t have done this without everything you and the entire Lifeskills team did for me. Words can’t express how grateful I am for your helping me to build a strong foundation in sobriety, sanity, and mental health. I’ve been working in a social psychology lab this past semester, and when I read in an article about an effective mentoring strategy that involved giving someone high standards of behavior and telling him/her that s/he is being held to them because s/he is capable of them, I thought of you. My GPA for the past year has been 4.21 and I’ve been working a few jobs, including some freelance stuff I used to do before everything went to hell. I couldn’t have accomplished any of it without your guidance and support during my first year of sobriety. I hope you’re doing well and still busting heads in order to save lives.”
Grateful Client, New York, NY
“You guys have been incredible. Your knowledge and wisdom, your compassion and concern, has changed my life. I am not the same person I was when I walked into Lifeskills. I have a new lease on life. Thank you for your guidance and care. I am determined to live the things that I learned-and you have taught me so much. I will remember you and keep you in my prayers always. Semper Fidelis!”
Grateful Client, Atlanta, GA
“I remember being amazed that you were able to draw, explain and organize my complex mind in a remarkable way. I learned how to believe in myself, be patient and not over analyze. You even accepted me with all of my defects and remained patient with me. For that, I consider you God sent. You are my guardian angel…I know that you aren’t leaving me because I refuse to leave you: I need you to remain my back up cheerleader. I cannot express to you how grateful I am for everything that you have done for me. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the parent of all others.”
Grateful Client, Palm Beach County, FL
“Lifeskills has helped bring me to reality. Changed my life to more positive outlooks and positive way of life. I’m learning new ways every day. The staff has been extremely helpful to me. Their experience is very empathetic and knowledgeable at the same time. Clinical staff worked with us individually; unusual. Transitional living is structured to keep us together and united. We learned to deal with our feelings and learned more what we want out of life before we go on our own. Thank you Lifeskills.”
Grateful Client, Florida
“This place has saved my life, it is exceptional in every way, the therapists from every aspect are great. The community living is very helpful to get your life back in order by going to the gym, yoga, the groups, and outside meetings really help you in your recovery. I recommend this treatment facility because of the wide variety of the therapy, the staff and the overall good vibes it has in general. If your life is unmanageable and you want to change your life for the better – this is the place! Take it seriously, and you will get so much out of it.”
Grateful Client, Georgia

Lifeskills South Florida Testimonials: Families

Regarding Treatment & Family Weekend:

“Thank you so much for making sure our hard work had meaning, depth & learning…that we all came away with understanding, feelings and focus which our future can be rebuilt if we want it to be…We are blessed that our path has crossed yours.”
Grateful parent, Long Island, NY
“I just wanted to take a moment to give a special thank you for the Family Weekend. It was such a powerful experience. The weekend format was excellent and so helpful and informative. I know we both experienced such valuable healing. I know that this was in part due to the excellent, excellent help from the staff.”
Grateful parent, Denver, CO
“That was such a moving experience. We are still reeling- in a good way. We are so glad that our son went to Lifeskills. We can see so much better now how he has worked and changed. The work you do is amazing.”
Grateful parent, Westchester County, NY
“Thank you so much for a mind-blowing, intuitive and informative weekend! We both felt that we came away from the Family Weekend experience with so much new information. We both felt that we know ourselves as well as our daughter so much better. You do good work and it’s much appreciated!”
Grateful parent, Baltimore, MD
“We are grateful to lifeskills for offering us hope that our child can recover and lead a productive life. The parent’s weekend we recently attended gave us the opportunity to meet the staff and deepen our awareness of the programs available at Lifeskills. We also benefited from family therapy sessions that opened communications, allowed us to work and interact with other families that share similar situations and created an awareness of dynamics we need to implement to heal as a family. Since entering the program, our child has markedly improved because of the deep knowledge and professionalism of the staff at Lifeskills.”
Grateful Parent, New York
“Lifeskills South Florida was the perfect place to treat my child’s mental health and addiction issues. The staff ‘s qualifications and areas of expertise enable my child to get the targeted therapy that was needed. The staff are always available to answer questions and have treated my family with dignity and respect. I particularly appreciate the family therapy sessions. I would highly recommend Lifeskills South Florida.”
Grateful Parent, Pennsylvania
“Our family has faced many challenges and Lifeskills has been a blessing for us. They have a very informative family weekend which helped our family grow closer together. They helped us gain insights and the information that was given will be valuable for years to come. The employees are skilled professionals and have saved our family. We cannot thank them enough.”
Anonymous

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All of our clients and families benefited from the mental health programs we offer at Lifeskills South Florida. Our mental health treatment programs can treat a variety of individuals, including those with:

To learn more about our programs and how to help someone you love, call us today at 866-321-9430