Christine Butler

Christine Butler

Credentials: I have training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT). I Graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a bachelor’s in Law and Society with a minor in Psychology. In 2012, I obtained a Masters degree from Liberty University with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Counseling. In 2014, I obtained a second Masters degree from Liberty University for Professional Counseling. I became a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association on Trauma in 2015.

Practice Locations

  •  Telehealth -E-Sessions (Minnesota and Wisconsin)
  • 208 Fire Monument Road  Hinckley, MN 55037
  • 205 West 2nd Street, Suite 150 Duluth, MN 55802
  • Indiana- Video Sessions Only At this time 323 Columbia St, Suite 304 Lafayette, IN 47901


Specialties
· Depression                       · Mood Disorders            ·Trauma and PTSD
· Issues                                   · ADHD                                 ·Anger Management
· Behavioral Issues         ·Bipolar Disorder            ·Borderline Personality
· Child or Adolescent    ·Codependency                ·Coping Skills
· Divorce                              · Dual Diagnosis               ·Emotional Disturbance
· Family Conflict                    ·Grief                                 · Oppositional Defiance
·Parenting                                  ·Peer Relationships  · School Issues
·Self Esteem                              · Self-Harming             ·Sexual Abuse
·Stress                                          ·Women's Issues        ·Mental Health
·Personality Disorders
Types of TherapyModality Client Population
·  Christian Counseling · Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
· Culturally Sensitive     · Dialectical (DBT)
· Family / Marital  · Motivational Interviewing
· Person-Centered   ·  Teletherapy
· Trauma Focused
· Individuals 
· Family
· Group
  ·  Children      ·  Adolescents    · Adult                     · Couples     ·       Families


 Accepted Insurance Plans
· Anthem            · Blue Cross             · Blue Shield               · BlueCross and BlueShield                         · Cigna                   · HealthPartners                         · Magellan · Medica         · Medicaid           · Optum          · TRICARE        · TriWest · UCare ·                  · UnitedHealthcare     · Sagamore

Sliding Scale: Yes

Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Professional Statement

I am enthusiastic about self-improvement and the empowerment of others. I have worked in private practice for over two years. Prior to working in private practice, I worked in community mental health for more than three years. I also volunteered for seven years with an Indiana based program, which served local youth through education and outreach. I have experience with individual, family, and group counseling. I began learning DBT in 2016 and I have learned that I love to teach skills and engage clients in learning and growing.

I work very well with clients that struggle significantly with disordered behavior and are ready to work and open to trying new skills and approaches. My approach is direct and kind. I work hard to partner with my clients to allow them the independence and knowledge for their growth. I enjoy watching the growth and skills acquisition happen and take joy in the success of my clients and the client of my team members.

 Personal Statement 

What inspired you to pursue your profession?

As a kid growing up, I struggled in almost all domains of my life. I had a dysfunctional home life, I struggled in school with academics and behavior. I was constantly in trouble for poor decisions, and often because I was oppositional and impulsive. I experienced trauma, homelessness, and repeated rejection and failure. I had deficits in knowledge, self-control, and attention. I frequently goofed off in class, and I would often talk back to teachers and other people in positions of authority; in fact, I was even arrested once for vandalism.

During one of my sophomore social studies classes, I sort of heckled my teacher and asked him, “when am I ever going to use this information again?”. My teacher, Mr. Perreault, a former lawyer, did not respond the way other teachers had when I challenged them, meaning he really did not take my attitude or behavior personally. He took my personality and what he knew about me into consideration when he answered me. He let me know that unfortunately our education system is not designed for hardship and defiance; he stated the educational system of which I was a part was designed for the success of those who could comply and adapt. He also let me know that if I could not do that, then I would likely experience more hardship, failure, and disrespect from others. He said that beyond high school, I could look forward to interactions with the adult world which I would not be able to avoid, and despite any accommodations high school made, the adult world does not often accommodate a lack of knowledge. He further explained that the system and the world that I lived in would allow me to fall by the wayside, if I was so intent on doing that; so, essentially, if I did not need to use the material that I was being taught ever again, then I have failed.

The fear of failure and the thought of being disrespected for the rest of my life was overwhelming. I worked very hard in the years following, but I had a lot of catching up to do.

My early experiences with hardship, family mental illness, and dysfunction, as well as, the motivation to not fail, inspired and equipped me to work with others who struggle with behavioral challenges, and they continue to help me be effective and nonjudgemental in leading Plum Behavioral Health.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I see myself working for Plum to help expand the services that we provide to all 50 states. It is my hope we can offer freedom for both therapists, as well as, clients.

Location

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