Codependency Therapists in Baltimore, MD

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Kate Gerwin
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21211
I am a board-certified, licensed graduate professional counselor in Maryland with a special interest in working with trauma and codependency.
Whether it is a codependent relationship, healing from trauma, a major illness, the loss of a loved one or you're not quite sure what "it" is yet, I can support you in gaining a deeper sense of wholeness and well-being. My starting point for all of my work is simple: you matter. Your story matters, your experience matters, your desire to heal, grow, and thrive matters. In all of our lives there are times where we need help making sense of our stories and experiences and I am here to journey with you in that process. I look forward to connecting with you!
I am a board-certified, licensed graduate professional counselor in Maryland with a special interest in working with trauma and codependency.
Whether it is a codependent relationship, healing from trauma, a major illness, the loss of a loved one or you're not quite sure what "it" is yet, I can support you in gaining a deeper sense of wholeness and well-being. My starting point for all of my work is simple: you matter. Your story matters, your experience matters, your desire to heal, grow, and thrive matters. In all of our lives there are times where we need help making sense of our stories and experiences and I am here to journey with you in that process. I look forward to connecting with you!
(703) 991-2421 View (703) 991-2421
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Suzanne Matsko
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21208
I help adults recovering from Trauma and PTSD and Codependency.
Do you ever wonder why you can't "let it go"? Do you wrestle with feelings of resentment, confusion and guilt about a past or current relationship? When you see someone or something that reminds you of the past, do you instantly become fearful, furious, nauseated, or even disoriented? Are there everyday experiences (like going to the doctor) that bring intense fear? Have you kept all this to yourself due to embarrassment? Are you a Christian who worries that your symptoms might be a sign of lack of faith?
I help adults recovering from Trauma and PTSD and Codependency.
Do you ever wonder why you can't "let it go"? Do you wrestle with feelings of resentment, confusion and guilt about a past or current relationship? When you see someone or something that reminds you of the past, do you instantly become fearful, furious, nauseated, or even disoriented? Are there everyday experiences (like going to the doctor) that bring intense fear? Have you kept all this to yourself due to embarrassment? Are you a Christian who worries that your symptoms might be a sign of lack of faith?
(410) 844-4328 View (410) 844-4328
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Abena Adoko Sando
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21229
Issues; Anger Management, Behavioral Issues Child or Adolescent Chronic Pain Codependency Coping Skills Dual Diagnosis Family Conflict, Addictions, Life Transitions Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), ADHD, ODD.
I have been providing mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health needs for over 12 years. I foster an environment that is sensitive to clients'/parents' needs. Clients are encouraged to openly express thoughts/feelings so that we can focus on setting goals, identifying feelings and patterns, developing healthy/positive attitudes and behaviors, and problem solving. I would be honored to work with you/your child/family to move away from distress and towards wellness and increased satisfaction and happiness!
Issues; Anger Management, Behavioral Issues Child or Adolescent Chronic Pain Codependency Coping Skills Dual Diagnosis Family Conflict, Addictions, Life Transitions Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), ADHD, ODD.
I have been providing mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health needs for over 12 years. I foster an environment that is sensitive to clients'/parents' needs. Clients are encouraged to openly express thoughts/feelings so that we can focus on setting goals, identifying feelings and patterns, developing healthy/positive attitudes and behaviors, and problem solving. I would be honored to work with you/your child/family to move away from distress and towards wellness and increased satisfaction and happiness!
(443) 233-0628 View (443) 233-0628
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Kim Witkowski
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, MA, MEd, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21201  (Online Only)
Dr. Kim Witkowski, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing services for clients in Maryland ,South Carolina and New Jersey. With 30 years of clinical experience. Dr. Witkowski is working with clients to resolve; Trauma, Anxiety and Depression. Additionally specialties include Bipolar Disorders, PTSD, Perfectionism ,OCD and Work-Life Balance. Relationship counseling is offered to include: Effective Communication for Marriage and long- term partnerships, ending codependency and ACOA issues, trauma bonding , learning the characteristics of healthy relationships and attachment styles.
Dr. Kim Witkowski, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing services for clients in Maryland ,South Carolina and New Jersey. With 30 years of clinical experience. Dr. Witkowski is working with clients to resolve; Trauma, Anxiety and Depression. Additionally specialties include Bipolar Disorders, PTSD, Perfectionism ,OCD and Work-Life Balance. Relationship counseling is offered to include: Effective Communication for Marriage and long- term partnerships, ending codependency and ACOA issues, trauma bonding , learning the characteristics of healthy relationships and attachment styles.
(410) 346-5978 x161 View (410) 346-5978 x161
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Alex Hind
Counselor, MA, LGPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21211  (Online Only)
I specialize in anxiety, panic disorder, and depression, attachment based trauma and complex trauma, traumatic grief and loss, non-monogamy/poly/kink affirming, parenthood, and folks who are in recovery from substance use/addiction/codependency (12 step recovery affirming).
I believe that all people have their own inherent wisdom and as a counselor, I aim to support clients to embody their truest, most authentic self. I use a non-pathologizing model to support you to identify and understand your individualized needs. I find that understanding, empathy, and collaboration, with a focus on grounding in the here and now develops self compassion and acceptance. Often when we are in pain we have trouble accessing those parts of ourselves. Healing and recovery can happen within a safe and compassionate relationship and I aim to provide that container with you.
I specialize in anxiety, panic disorder, and depression, attachment based trauma and complex trauma, traumatic grief and loss, non-monogamy/poly/kink affirming, parenthood, and folks who are in recovery from substance use/addiction/codependency (12 step recovery affirming).
I believe that all people have their own inherent wisdom and as a counselor, I aim to support clients to embody their truest, most authentic self. I use a non-pathologizing model to support you to identify and understand your individualized needs. I find that understanding, empathy, and collaboration, with a focus on grounding in the here and now develops self compassion and acceptance. Often when we are in pain we have trouble accessing those parts of ourselves. Healing and recovery can happen within a safe and compassionate relationship and I aim to provide that container with you.
(443) 565-6039 View (443) 565-6039
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Zena White
Counselor, LGPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202  (Online Only)
I have clinical experience in the areas of codependency, mood and anxiety disorders, family conflict, narcissistic abuse, gender dysphoria, career changes, childhood trauma, and suicidal ideations.
Are you experiencing depression/anxiety symptoms? Experiencing difficulties with healthy communication in your relationships? Gender dysphoria or learning to accept a new identity? Desiring to progress but feeling stagnant in several areas in your life? Therapy is a relationship, and it is important to me that you feel seen, heard, and understood. I am empathetically direct, and I encourage my clients to express themselves in a way that feels authentic to them. We can create goals and explore past childhood trauma or issues that may impact who you are today. Therapy works best when we work together.
I have clinical experience in the areas of codependency, mood and anxiety disorders, family conflict, narcissistic abuse, gender dysphoria, career changes, childhood trauma, and suicidal ideations.
Are you experiencing depression/anxiety symptoms? Experiencing difficulties with healthy communication in your relationships? Gender dysphoria or learning to accept a new identity? Desiring to progress but feeling stagnant in several areas in your life? Therapy is a relationship, and it is important to me that you feel seen, heard, and understood. I am empathetically direct, and I encourage my clients to express themselves in a way that feels authentic to them. We can create goals and explore past childhood trauma or issues that may impact who you are today. Therapy works best when we work together.
(443) 720-7051 View (443) 720-7051
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Ghadh Alamro of Ready Set Grow!
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21201  (Online Only)
I’m a licensed behavior and mental health therapist experienced in working with individuals in their mid teens to late adulthood. I enjoy helping clients achieve goals towards personal and mental wellbeing and I’ve worked with individuals of various cultural and religious backgrounds. Over the years I’ve supported clients struggling with various issues such as dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, grief, co-morbidity and trauma. I'm focused on grief and trauma therapy and support individuals recovering from CPTSD (childhood trauma/complex trauma), codependency and difficult relationships.
I’m a licensed behavior and mental health therapist experienced in working with individuals in their mid teens to late adulthood. I enjoy helping clients achieve goals towards personal and mental wellbeing and I’ve worked with individuals of various cultural and religious backgrounds. Over the years I’ve supported clients struggling with various issues such as dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, grief, co-morbidity and trauma. I'm focused on grief and trauma therapy and support individuals recovering from CPTSD (childhood trauma/complex trauma), codependency and difficult relationships.
(301) 603-3640 View (301) 603-3640
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Raven LeFebvre
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, MAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209  (Online Only)
Please find me on the Alma.com website to request an appointment. My approach to therapy is compassion-focused, trauma-informed and neurodivergence affirming, embracing neurodiversity. I specialize in chronic pain/illness, attachment issues, codependency, complex trauma, addiction and the adult neurodivergent experience. I also work with family of origin and intergenerational trauma issues, drawing on Bowen family systems theory. I have been a practicing clinician since 2004, with this year marking my 20th year in practice. I am licensed to provide telehealth psychotherapy sessions in the states of NC, MD, MA, VT, PA and MN.
Please find me on the Alma.com website to request an appointment. My approach to therapy is compassion-focused, trauma-informed and neurodivergence affirming, embracing neurodiversity. I specialize in chronic pain/illness, attachment issues, codependency, complex trauma, addiction and the adult neurodivergent experience. I also work with family of origin and intergenerational trauma issues, drawing on Bowen family systems theory. I have been a practicing clinician since 2004, with this year marking my 20th year in practice. I am licensed to provide telehealth psychotherapy sessions in the states of NC, MD, MA, VT, PA and MN.
(984) 305-3154 View (984) 305-3154
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Missy Linthicum
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, MEd
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21228  (Online Only)
As an LCPC in Maryland, I specialize in treating kids and adults who experience varied roadblocks in life. I take a collaborative approach to counseling and therapy, in that you and I will together determine your best treatment, and I have a deep respect for your courage in seeking help. Issues may include anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, school difficulties, PTSD, relationship concerns, disordered personality traits, women’s issues, addiction, codependency, grief, disordered eating, family of origin difficulties, attachment, LGBTQ, transgender, trauma and abuse, parenting, self-esteem, and career difficulties, among others.
As an LCPC in Maryland, I specialize in treating kids and adults who experience varied roadblocks in life. I take a collaborative approach to counseling and therapy, in that you and I will together determine your best treatment, and I have a deep respect for your courage in seeking help. Issues may include anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, school difficulties, PTSD, relationship concerns, disordered personality traits, women’s issues, addiction, codependency, grief, disordered eating, family of origin difficulties, attachment, LGBTQ, transgender, trauma and abuse, parenting, self-esteem, and career difficulties, among others.
(410) 834-0868 View (410) 834-0868
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Toni ( Adhikari) Antoinette Vlasits
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
You are a unique magnificent being of Love, Peace, Joy and Light. You are whole and total...not separate from anyone or anything. It in only believing in thoughts, judgments, especially negative ones, that creates suffering, I would love to support you in: 1) learning how not to believe negative thoughts, rather observe and see through them and challenge them:2) when you do identify with them resulting in fear, pain, anger, or sadness how to directly experience them in your heart or body without story so they dissolve. 3) discover you are what you are looking for and have all the answers within and sit in the splendor of this.
You are a unique magnificent being of Love, Peace, Joy and Light. You are whole and total...not separate from anyone or anything. It in only believing in thoughts, judgments, especially negative ones, that creates suffering, I would love to support you in: 1) learning how not to believe negative thoughts, rather observe and see through them and challenge them:2) when you do identify with them resulting in fear, pain, anger, or sadness how to directly experience them in your heart or body without story so they dissolve. 3) discover you are what you are looking for and have all the answers within and sit in the splendor of this.
(410) 304-6202 View (410) 304-6202
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Shashana R Carter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21239  (Online Only)
Shashana Carter is a LCSWC. She has 15 years of training and experience with Individuals, families, and groups. Mrs. Carter has worked in professional settings such as the Department of Probation; Adult services, Department of Social Services, Opioid Maintenance treatment centers, and Outpatient Mental Health Services. Working in Mental Health Services for several years has given her a strong sense of dedication and commitment to her client’s. Mrs. Carter works to enhance, change and positively impact client’s daily well being and functioning through Psychological assessment, active listening, problem identification, CBT.
Shashana Carter is a LCSWC. She has 15 years of training and experience with Individuals, families, and groups. Mrs. Carter has worked in professional settings such as the Department of Probation; Adult services, Department of Social Services, Opioid Maintenance treatment centers, and Outpatient Mental Health Services. Working in Mental Health Services for several years has given her a strong sense of dedication and commitment to her client’s. Mrs. Carter works to enhance, change and positively impact client’s daily well being and functioning through Psychological assessment, active listening, problem identification, CBT.
(443) 402-3198 View (443) 402-3198
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Lori Chesla
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210
I believe that therapy is an opportunity for deep and lasting transformation. I work with clients to build insight and skills that allow for fulfilling relationships, satisfying work, and deep joy in all aspects of life. I provide psychotherapy for adults experiencing depression, anxiety, family and relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, and life transitions. I have a particular interest in working with folks who identify as neurodivergent, and frequently work with partners of neurodivergent folks who identify as neurotypical.
I believe that therapy is an opportunity for deep and lasting transformation. I work with clients to build insight and skills that allow for fulfilling relationships, satisfying work, and deep joy in all aspects of life. I provide psychotherapy for adults experiencing depression, anxiety, family and relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, and life transitions. I have a particular interest in working with folks who identify as neurodivergent, and frequently work with partners of neurodivergent folks who identify as neurotypical.
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Victoria Stith
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21212  (Online Only)
You’re tired of worrying and thinking about what you should do in your relationships. It feels like a burden to be the one who always has to do the right thing. You’re tired of dismissing your own feelings and needs; but you’re conflicted and feel selfish if you do what you want. Relationships become stressful when you feel like you’re the one who puts in all the effort. If you have a history of people-pleasing or anxiety, it can be difficult to break out of the pattern of doing what others expect from you. If you’re struggling with a family member who has mental health challenges, this can add grief and complexity to the situation.
You’re tired of worrying and thinking about what you should do in your relationships. It feels like a burden to be the one who always has to do the right thing. You’re tired of dismissing your own feelings and needs; but you’re conflicted and feel selfish if you do what you want. Relationships become stressful when you feel like you’re the one who puts in all the effort. If you have a history of people-pleasing or anxiety, it can be difficult to break out of the pattern of doing what others expect from you. If you’re struggling with a family member who has mental health challenges, this can add grief and complexity to the situation.
(410) 734-2336 View (410) 734-2336
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Envisioned Self,LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21211  (Online Only)
Are you starting to feel more overwhelmed? Do you often like posts online that reflect the mindset you want to have in your life? You are aware of what you need help with and you have tried to work on your worries alone. You might be feeling like it's hard to stay motivated or see the results you'd like to see. Ideally, you want to feel less anxious and more in control of your emotions. You have probably started to notice that you struggle with people pleasing and it's taking the focus off you becoming the person you have pictured yourself becoming.
Are you starting to feel more overwhelmed? Do you often like posts online that reflect the mindset you want to have in your life? You are aware of what you need help with and you have tried to work on your worries alone. You might be feeling like it's hard to stay motivated or see the results you'd like to see. Ideally, you want to feel less anxious and more in control of your emotions. You have probably started to notice that you struggle with people pleasing and it's taking the focus off you becoming the person you have pictured yourself becoming.
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Maryam Elbalghiti-Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Fit in everywhere and nowhere at the same time? I get it. I help diverse women who juggle multiple cultural identities heal. Maybe you’re the child of immigrants, multiracial or a racially ambiguous chameleon, an expat, “third culture kid”, bilingual (or sad you lost your parent’s language), feel culturally displaced, part of a religious minority, or just don’t quite fit into any one box. You probably feel suffocated by the drive to overfunction, perform, and be what everyone else needs you to be. You might find it hard to get your own needs met and feel unsettled in yourself and your relationships.
Fit in everywhere and nowhere at the same time? I get it. I help diverse women who juggle multiple cultural identities heal. Maybe you’re the child of immigrants, multiracial or a racially ambiguous chameleon, an expat, “third culture kid”, bilingual (or sad you lost your parent’s language), feel culturally displaced, part of a religious minority, or just don’t quite fit into any one box. You probably feel suffocated by the drive to overfunction, perform, and be what everyone else needs you to be. You might find it hard to get your own needs met and feel unsettled in yourself and your relationships.
(240) 213-9274 View (240) 213-9274
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Rachel D’Agostino
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LGPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21211  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland. I graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a Master's in Community Trauma Counseling. My work primarily focuses on trauma, attachment issues and sex addiction. I support adults and couples who are struggling with relationship issues. I also support adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I believe that we all face barriers and struggles throughout our lives and we deserve to be seen, heard, and validated in these experiences. In therapy, we can help challenge and process these behaviors and experiences.
Hello! I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland. I graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a Master's in Community Trauma Counseling. My work primarily focuses on trauma, attachment issues and sex addiction. I support adults and couples who are struggling with relationship issues. I also support adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I believe that we all face barriers and struggles throughout our lives and we deserve to be seen, heard, and validated in these experiences. In therapy, we can help challenge and process these behaviors and experiences.
(301) 747-0035 View (301) 747-0035
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Healing From Within
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211
My clients seek help for various life problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, family relationship and marital issues, mood disorders, trauma disorders, addiction, just to name a few. Whatever the issue that brings someone to therapy, we all need support, guidance, and healing in a safe nurturing environment. I offer a compassionate individualized approach to therapy and healing. I believe that a therapist's role is to help others to tap into the wisdom and healing that resides within.
My clients seek help for various life problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, family relationship and marital issues, mood disorders, trauma disorders, addiction, just to name a few. Whatever the issue that brings someone to therapy, we all need support, guidance, and healing in a safe nurturing environment. I offer a compassionate individualized approach to therapy and healing. I believe that a therapist's role is to help others to tap into the wisdom and healing that resides within.
(443) 429-1372 View (443) 429-1372
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Elizabeth Scott
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210  (Online Only)
We all experience difficulties at some point in our lives, and we each can benefit from additional support, whether for a specific situation or in resolving a longer term issue. I believe that one of the most important elements of effective therapy is the development of a safe, trusting relationship between therapist and client. Through genuine and respectful connection, we create the environment in which true healing can occur. By promoting insight, increased awareness, and self-compassion, I will support you in living the life of value that you deserve.
We all experience difficulties at some point in our lives, and we each can benefit from additional support, whether for a specific situation or in resolving a longer term issue. I believe that one of the most important elements of effective therapy is the development of a safe, trusting relationship between therapist and client. Through genuine and respectful connection, we create the environment in which true healing can occur. By promoting insight, increased awareness, and self-compassion, I will support you in living the life of value that you deserve.
(301) 327-2055 View (301) 327-2055
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Monica J Smith
MA, BCC, CAC, CAPP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21229
I am passionate about helping those who: struggle with addictive behavior, love someone who struggles with addictive behavior, don't identify with a specific addiction but find themselves in survival mode or generally unhappy in life and relationships, or, have worked through a lot of issues but want to take things to the next level and infuse more well-being into their life. I also love working with couples facing challenges related to recovery, communication and/or boundary issues. This is particularly helpful for couples seeking recovery and repair from sexual addiction or betrayal.
I am passionate about helping those who: struggle with addictive behavior, love someone who struggles with addictive behavior, don't identify with a specific addiction but find themselves in survival mode or generally unhappy in life and relationships, or, have worked through a lot of issues but want to take things to the next level and infuse more well-being into their life. I also love working with couples facing challenges related to recovery, communication and/or boundary issues. This is particularly helpful for couples seeking recovery and repair from sexual addiction or betrayal.
(443) 951-3368 View (443) 951-3368
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Counseling With Ayurveda, LLC
Counselor, LCPC, CAS
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Whether your challenge comes from a past or recent trauma, relationship or interpersonal issues, addictions, issues of loss and letting go, anxiety, depression or just general life-confusion, there are many tools to employ to recover and reset yourself. And doing it with a supportive partner can make all the difference. Therapy is a chance to get to know yourself on a more intimate level, to bring balance to the body, mind and daily habits, clarify values and goals and get you moving in a direction that brings light, joy and purpose back to living. It teaches you grounding, new perspectives and new coping skills.
Whether your challenge comes from a past or recent trauma, relationship or interpersonal issues, addictions, issues of loss and letting go, anxiety, depression or just general life-confusion, there are many tools to employ to recover and reset yourself. And doing it with a supportive partner can make all the difference. Therapy is a chance to get to know yourself on a more intimate level, to bring balance to the body, mind and daily habits, clarify values and goals and get you moving in a direction that brings light, joy and purpose back to living. It teaches you grounding, new perspectives and new coping skills.
(410) 883-7156 View (410) 883-7156
Codependency Therapists

What therapy types help with codependency problems?

Both couples and family therapy and cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) can help with the relationship difficulties referred to as codependency. Such problems typically include inappropriate feelings of responsibility for a loved one’s destructive behavior, irrational patterns of thinking about such behavior, and family interaction patterns in which the needs of one troubled member override the needs of others in a household.

What happens in therapy for codependency?

Spouses and family members learn and practice how to interact and support each other in a healthy way without sacrificing their own needs or well-being. They learn the limits of their responsibility for their loved ones and correct faulty patterns of thinking and feeling that underlie codependent behavior. Individuals may be encouraged to nurture an array of social relationships and to cultivate their own talents and interests so that they develop a healthy sense of self outside the family.

How does therapy help a person or couple overcome codependency?

Therapy helps people establish healthy ways of being in a relationship. Spouses and family members learn how to nurture and support one another without sacrificing their own needs or allowing the needs of one person to dominate the dynamic. Individuals learn how to say no and set boundaries, and how to maintain their own identity and self-esteem. Therapy helps people understand that they are not responsible for the feelings and actions of others. It also helps individuals deal with the turbulence that can come from living with a person suffering from such conditions as substance abuse and mental illness.

What is the goal of therapy for codependency?

One goal of therapy for codependency is to alleviate feelings of responsibility for and correct irrational patterns of thinking about loved ones whose behavioral problems override the needs of others in a household. Therapy helps people establish healthy boundaries of behavior and speak up for their own needs in a relationship. In addition, people learn how to maintain a healthy relationship, one in which both parties give and receive equally and are able to retain their own identity.