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We found 6 providers with an interest in dialectical behavior therapy and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Saint Charles, IL.

Karen Marie Bridwell, MA
Specializes in Counseling, Psychotherapy
2210 Dean Street; Suite F-1
Saint Charles, IL
 

Ms. Karen Bridwell specializes in counseling and psychotherapy. Her areas of expertise include acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and depression. Ms. Bridwell accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, Humana HMO, and more.

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Dr. Psy,d Paulette C C Toburen, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
405 Illinois Avenue; Suite 2c
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Paulette Toburen practices psychology. Dr. Toburen's clinical interests include depression, behavior therapy, and phobias. She honors Magellan Health Services, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. She has an open panel.

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Crystal S Madison, MA
Specializes in Counseling
475 Dunham Road; Suite 1e
Saint Charles, IL
 

Ms. Crystal Madison practices counseling in Orland Park, IL and Saint Charles, IL. These areas are among Ms. Madison's clinical interests: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), couples therapy, and counseling services. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, and Cigna.

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Lauren Lollini, MA
Specializes in Counseling
210 S. Fifth Street; #101, Office 1
Saint Charles, IL
 

Ms. Lauren Lollini practices counseling. Her areas of expertise include the following: narrative therapy, person-centered therapy, and eclectic therapy. Ms. Lollini is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Cigna, and more.

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Dr. Patrick Joseph Ahern, JD, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
2210 Dean Street; Suite O-1
Saint Charles, IL
 

Mr. Patrick Ahern works as a social worker in Saint Charles, IL and Schaumburg, IL. Mr. Ahern's areas of expertise include the following: crisis intervention, depression, and suicide. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Mary B McMillan, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
226 State Street
St Charles, IL
 

Ms. Mary McMillan's area of specialization is social work. Clinical interests for Ms. McMillan include acceptance and commitment therapy, education consultation, and phobias. Ms. McMillan accepts Amerigroup, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a form of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) that was originally developed to help the most severely mentally ill and depressed patients accept therapy. It relies on the same concept in CBT that examines the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and actions, but in DBT the emphasis is first on acceptance rather than change. There is also an emphasis on mindfulness, ‘being in the moment,’ and relaxation techniques such as yoga. These are combined with a great deal of validation and encouragement from the therapist.

The word ‘dialectical’ means acting through opposing forces, and this word refers to a few different opposing concepts in DBT:
  • The therapy combines traditional Western psychotherapy techniques with Eastern religious philosophy.
  • Patients must learn that life, thoughts, and feelings are not all black and white -- there are many shades of grey.
  • The therapy works on accepting and validating the patient for being where they are at the moment while also encouraging them to change for the better.

Dialectical behavior therapy was developed when therapists attempting to use CBT techniques on the most seriously ill patients ran into a problem. When they suggested that a patient change their thoughts, these very vulnerable patients would become overwhelmed and turn aggressive or suicidal. DBT was developed to support these patients with acceptance and validation while still guiding them towards changing problematic thoughts. Although also used for suicidal and self-harming patients today, these days, DBT is mainly used to treat borderline personality disorder. It is one of the few effective interventions for this serious illness.

DBT has been shown to be very effective at reducing self-destructive behavior. It can also be used to teach new coping skills and increase a patient’s self-esteem and motivation to become healthier.