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

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Ms. Arlinda Denise Lindsay MDiv, MSW, LMHP
Specializes in Social Work, Counseling
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 543-9769

Ms. Arlinda Lindsay is a social worker and counselor. Her clinical interests include domestic abuse, dialectical behavior therapy, and grief. Ms. Lindsay is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Ms. Aquanatte Ruffin works as a social worker, counselor, and psychotherapist in Merrillville, IN and Indianapolis, IN. Areas of expertise for Ms. Ruffin include depression, child abuse, and behavior therapy. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross, as well as other insurance carriers. Ms. Ruffin is accepting new patients.

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Mrs. Camishe R Nunley LMHC, MA
Specializes in Psychiatry, Counseling
5502 East 16th Street; Suite A 31
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 355-1800

Ms. Camishe Nunley is a psychiatrist and counselor. Areas of expertise for Ms. Nunley include imago relationship therapy, depression, and domestic abuse. Ms. Nunley is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
3650 E. 46th Street
Indianapois, IN
(317) 621-4181; (317) 721-9067

Dr. Kimberly Martin practices psychology in Indianapois, IN and Indianapolis, IN. Her areas of expertise include depression, narrative therapy, and suicide. Dr. Martin is an in-network provider for TRICARE and United Healthcare insurance. She has an open panel.

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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.