Ride the Wave

How many times have you felt battered by the waves?  We often find ourselves struggling in that metaphorical sea of waves – strong emotions, unexpected events, illness, and difficult relationships.  They ebb and flow just like the waves of the sea.  And just like a surfer in the ocean, we try to navigate them skillfully.  We try to keep our heads above water. In our minds, we expect to be expert navigators right from the …

Staff Spotlight: Ashley Leising, M.S., Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

Staff Spotlight Meet Ashley Leising, M.S., #IMH13586 Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern What is your academic background? I double majored in Psychology and Family and Child Sciences, and graduated with my Bachelor of Science from The Florida State University. I then went onto obtain my Master of Science from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Mental Health Counseling. Favorite Self-Care Activities: Massages, going to the beach/on the boat, hanging with my cousins, working out, getting my …

Staff Spolight: Stephanie Burstein, M.S., Registered Marriage & Family Therapy Intern

Staff Spotlight Meet Stephanie Burstein, M.S., #IMT2307 Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern What is your academic background? I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Upon graduating, I moved to NYC, where I have an aunt who is a psychiatrist, and interned at a state clinic. Soon after, I began looking into graduate programs, and ultimately decided to come back home to be closer to my family. I attended Palm …

From Illness to Wellness

Most people who know me, know that I am an avid reader of spiritual, psychological and health & wellness books.  A book I frequently use in my work is “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.  The title isn’t so appealing to most lay people, but the content is a treasure for all humans who endeavor to live life with fullness and passion.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not about sex, …

Your Anchor In the Storm

Patty Shutt, Psy.D. Tackling issues and problems in our life can require us to move toward the “storms” of conflict, emotions, and uncertainty. Here at the Oasis we want our clients to be prepared for these storms by developing the tools needed to weather the rough seas. In individual sessions and groups like DBT, we encourage the practice of mindfulness. One important tool in the practice of mindfulness is the “anchor”. The anchor is used …

DBT Skills Group

In DBT skills group we teach a critical skill in cultivating healing from painful emotions, experiences, and a way of building our resiliency in the time of crisis, called Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance begins with mindfulness and requires willingness to bring mindfulness to experiences that we ordinarily run or hide from because we dislike or they cause pain. The willingness to meet our pain with full awareness builds courage, resiliency, by facing fear. However, there …