Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Project Transition offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for individuals who are struggling with emotion regulation, impulsivity and self-harm behaviors. Intensively trained DBT specialists work to embed the principles of radical acceptance, validation and distress tolerance into the fabric of life at Project Transition. Consistent with Project Transition’s belief that belonging to a community is essential to building a life worth living, our residential programs offer the opportunity to learn and practice the skills necessary for emotional and interpersonal effectiveness. Strategies like mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance are practiced regularly and help to equip our residents to self-manage their recovery.

Project Transition trains all staff members in the core principles and skills of validation and change. Treatment teams meet weekly for consultation and share updates on all participants to ensure the most individualized coaching possible.

Project Transition employs the four modes of treatment utilized in DBT:

• Weekly individual therapy

• Weekly psycho-educational groups

• Unlimited phone and in-person skills coaching

• Weekly treatment team consultation meetings

DBT skills taught at Project Transition:

• Mindfulness

• Emotion Regulation

• Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

• Distress Tolerance

"Project Transition means I have a second chance at a new life. PT taught me how to love and believe in myself. It also taught me to forgive people in my past. I thought I would never get better but PT taught me different. They believed in me and made it easier to trust in myself."

Michelle R

"PT I couldn't see how good you've been to me. Over the years, throughout the days, you've always been in my corner I must say. Times were bad and times were good, you helped me to lay down my hood. Now I'm shining not conniving, working it out my system what shucking and jiving. So I'm striving to be the best that I can be, for all to see, Thank you, PT..."


"The family support groups and seminars are focused and helpful. We feel understood."

Diane S, sister of a PT member

"Our daughter has endured mental illness for years… we have worked with many professionals and programs. Without question, Project Transition’s help and support have been the most effective.”

John P, father of a PT member

"I know what it is like to sell myself and a brand new pair of sneakers for drugs. I know what its like to walk around the streets with only socks on. But I no longer have to live that way. My family no longer has to worry about me. Project Transition means that I have hope and recovery. It means I have a second chance at life."


"PT is helping me on my road to recovery. They offer support to reach my personal goals. Staff help guide me, showing me a new way to live. My life has new meaning today..... I now have goals and projects to work on. I am productive and am becoming a better mother and person."

Jennifer S

"My son has been in many programs and far too many hospitals. Project Transition is different; it is actually helping him to live a better life. The staff and members of PT care for one another... it’s a form of community that is sorely lacking elsewhere."

Wendy P, mother of a PT member

"Project Transition has taught me how to be an adult when others told me I was unfixable. PT will always be in my heart. I've been sober for 5 years and recently moved out of the program. Thank you Project Transition."

Victoria S

" Project Transition has been a life saver to me. I was mentally Ill and felt like I was in a box that I thought I could never get out of. I lost everything and could not function...but now I have confidence in myself. I needed help in all areas of my life but now have a path and a purpose. Life is worth living."

Angie A

Implementation Provider: Project Transition works with States and MCO’s to implement Person-Centered Transformation Plans.

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