Courtney Ward, PsyD, HSPP

Dr. Ward is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her APA-approved internship in July 2014 at the Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie, Indiana. Dr. Ward graduated from the University of Indianapolis in August 2014 with her Doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Dr. Ward has worked in community mental health, residential, and private practice facilities. Dr. Ward conducts comprehensive psychological assessments and has worked with school systems, Juvenile Probation, and the Department of Child Services in order to coordinate care and treatment for children, adolescents and their families. Dr. Ward utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches including cognitive-behavioral theory (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT). 

Dr. Ward has completed intensive training with Thomas Lynch, PhD, the developer of RO-DBT. RO-DBT targets over-controlled behavior. Excessive self-control is associated with social isolation and difficulties with interpersonal relationships and contributes to persistent anxiety (i.e., social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behaviors), persistent depression, avoidant personality, anorexia, and high functioning autism. The goal of treatment is to improve social signaling by increasing receptiveness openness to new experiences, increasing flexibility and adaptiveness to new environments, and building close and intimate relationships. Currently, Dr. Ward provides individual RO-DBT therapy for adolescents and adults, and co-leads adolescent and adult skills classes.

Areas of Expertise:
Anxiety Disorders
RO-DBT treatment for clients with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic depression, anorexia, high functioning autism
Self-injury and suicidal behaviors
PTSD and trauma-related disorders

Services Provided:
Psychological evaluations (psychoeducational testing, emotional, behavioral, and personality functioning, Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, and parenting assessments)
Individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults

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