We found 4 providers with an interest in dialectical behavior therapy and who accept United Healthcare near Indianapolis, IN.

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Arlinda Denise Lindsay, MDiv, MSW
Specializes in Social Work, Counseling
Indianapolis, IN

Ms. Arlinda Lindsay's areas of specialization are social work and counseling; she sees patients in Indianapolis, IN. Ms. Lindsay's areas of expertise include domestic abuse, dialectical behavior therapy, and grief. She accepts Anthem, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Camishe R Nunley, MA
Specializes in Psychiatry, Counseling
5502 East 16th Street; Suite A 31
Indianapolis, IN

Ms. Camishe Nunley's specialties are psychiatry and counseling. She practices in Indianapolis, IN, Fishers, IN, and Carmel, IN. Her areas of expertise include imago relationship therapy, depression, and domestic abuse. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Nunley accepts. Ms. Nunley is open to new patients.

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Aquanatte Monique Ruffin, MSW
Specializes in Social Work, Counseling, Psychotherapy
3921 N. Meridian Street; Suite 200, Office 2
Indianapolis, IN

Ms. Aquanatte Ruffin's specialties are social work, counseling, and psychotherapy. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, child abuse, and behavior therapy. She honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Ms. Ruffin's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Psychology
3650 E. 46th Street
Indianapois, IN

Dr. Kimberly Martin's specialty is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Martin include depression, narrative therapy, and suicide. She honors TRICARE and United Healthcare insurance. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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.
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