Codependency Therapists in New York, NY

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Sienna Chu
Counselor, MSEd, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I've been privileged to work with individuals and couples seeking support for issues around intimacy and relationships, codependency, anxiety, depression, cultural identity, trauma, and substance abuse.
Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, I stand by the commitment, “I’m here with you.” I believe that each of our stories are equally sacred as they are unique and see therapy as an opportunity to cultivate curiosity for ourselves and to let go of self-judgement. Taking a Psychodynamic approach, I aim to help my clients unravel, experience, and understand themselves more deeply, through building awareness, flexibility, and the capacity to make change. Humor, authenticity, and the willingness to experiment is foundational to my approach.
I've been privileged to work with individuals and couples seeking support for issues around intimacy and relationships, codependency, anxiety, depression, cultural identity, trauma, and substance abuse.
Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, I stand by the commitment, “I’m here with you.” I believe that each of our stories are equally sacred as they are unique and see therapy as an opportunity to cultivate curiosity for ourselves and to let go of self-judgement. Taking a Psychodynamic approach, I aim to help my clients unravel, experience, and understand themselves more deeply, through building awareness, flexibility, and the capacity to make change. Humor, authenticity, and the willingness to experiment is foundational to my approach.
(646) 846-9014 View (646) 846-9014
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Jennifer Leinwand
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Jen has experience working with adults seeking support with betrayal trauma, love addiction, sex addiction, codependency, family of origin issues, trauma, enmeshment and relationship issues. Jen values her strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and engages with each client in a non-judgmental, nurturing, and empathic manner to ensure that each client has the opportunity to feel heard and understood.
Jen has experience working with adults seeking support with betrayal trauma, love addiction, sex addiction, codependency, family of origin issues, trauma, enmeshment and relationship issues. Jen values her strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and engages with each client in a non-judgmental, nurturing, and empathic manner to ensure that each client has the opportunity to feel heard and understood.
(646) 395-9612 View (646) 395-9612
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Courtney Krok
LMHC-LP, EdM, MA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I support individuals and couples navigate grief, transitions, relationships, perfectionism, codependency, anxiety, and depression.
Hi, welcome to my therapy profile! I completely get how nerve-wracking it can be to open up to someone new, especially a therapist. I also know the relief that comes when you connect with someone who understands. I believe people have the ability to make changes, my goal is to create an environment where you can feel heard, supported, explore your inner-world and make changes to live a more fulfilling life. I use a variety of therapeutic interventions rooted in Psychodynamic therapy, which emphasises exploring early relationships and experiences and making connections with patterns and behaviours in your life today.
I support individuals and couples navigate grief, transitions, relationships, perfectionism, codependency, anxiety, and depression.
Hi, welcome to my therapy profile! I completely get how nerve-wracking it can be to open up to someone new, especially a therapist. I also know the relief that comes when you connect with someone who understands. I believe people have the ability to make changes, my goal is to create an environment where you can feel heard, supported, explore your inner-world and make changes to live a more fulfilling life. I use a variety of therapeutic interventions rooted in Psychodynamic therapy, which emphasises exploring early relationships and experiences and making connections with patterns and behaviours in your life today.
(347) 767-2804 View (347) 767-2804
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Karen Gelstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
net), a site for clinicians with advanced Pia Mellody training who are dedicated to implementing and promoting her frame-work, an effective approach to recovery from childhood trauma, codependency and addiction.
Karen is a trauma and addiction therapist in private practice specializing in the areas of sex addiction (CSAT Certified), betrayal trauma, love addiction, enmeshment, co-dependency, and trauma. Karen works with clients to enhance self-awareness and skill building to help clients' move through life's challenges. In her addiction work, Karen treats not only the behavioral elements but works with client's to identify and resolve underlying trauma. Trauma resolution is a key component to achieving long-term sobriety. Karen works with individuals, couples, groups, and leads intensive workshops.
net), a site for clinicians with advanced Pia Mellody training who are dedicated to implementing and promoting her frame-work, an effective approach to recovery from childhood trauma, codependency and addiction.
Karen is a trauma and addiction therapist in private practice specializing in the areas of sex addiction (CSAT Certified), betrayal trauma, love addiction, enmeshment, co-dependency, and trauma. Karen works with clients to enhance self-awareness and skill building to help clients' move through life's challenges. In her addiction work, Karen treats not only the behavioral elements but works with client's to identify and resolve underlying trauma. Trauma resolution is a key component to achieving long-term sobriety. Karen works with individuals, couples, groups, and leads intensive workshops.
(646) 791-2775 View (646) 791-2775
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Maura Dillon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
I have worked with clients on a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, codependency, and self-esteem.
As a therapist, I understand that life can be tough and that we all face different challenges at different times. That's where I come in. I have worked with both adults and adolescents on a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, codependency, and self-esteem. My ideal clients are people like you who are ready to make positive changes in their lives and are willing to put in the work to make it happen. If you're tired of feeling stuck, or overwhelmed, I'm here to help.
I have worked with clients on a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, codependency, and self-esteem.
As a therapist, I understand that life can be tough and that we all face different challenges at different times. That's where I come in. I have worked with both adults and adolescents on a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, codependency, and self-esteem. My ideal clients are people like you who are ready to make positive changes in their lives and are willing to put in the work to make it happen. If you're tired of feeling stuck, or overwhelmed, I'm here to help.
(516) 217-1487 View (516) 217-1487
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Kelly Hackett
Counselor, MSEd, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025
I work with individuals dealing with addiction, relationship issues, codependency, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
I am a licensed therapist passionate about working with individuals dealing with addiction (or a family member’s addiction), anxiety, depression, and codependency. Do you struggle to feel content or whole without using something external (substances, relationships, food)? Do you have difficulties setting boundaries with others or practicing self-compassion? It can feel overwhelming to be vulnerable with another person in therapy and to let yourself truly be seen, but there can be freedom and connection from doing so. I create a non-judgmental space for you to strengthen your inner resources through awareness and self-acceptance.
I work with individuals dealing with addiction, relationship issues, codependency, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
I am a licensed therapist passionate about working with individuals dealing with addiction (or a family member’s addiction), anxiety, depression, and codependency. Do you struggle to feel content or whole without using something external (substances, relationships, food)? Do you have difficulties setting boundaries with others or practicing self-compassion? It can feel overwhelming to be vulnerable with another person in therapy and to let yourself truly be seen, but there can be freedom and connection from doing so. I create a non-judgmental space for you to strengthen your inner resources through awareness and self-acceptance.
(973) 834-8054 View (973) 834-8054
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Dr. Alyssa Deitchman
Psychologist, PhD, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011
While I am open to seeing all patients, I specialize in mood disorders, personality disorders, codependency, and trauma.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with an extensive background in research, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, my clinical approach is informed by empirically validated treatments and techniques, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Like using psychotherapy outcome research to inform my clinical work, I employ a methodological approach to disentangling the various biological, social, and environmental factors that may be contributing to your current and past difficulties. My approach is intensely collaborative and transparent in nature.
While I am open to seeing all patients, I specialize in mood disorders, personality disorders, codependency, and trauma.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with an extensive background in research, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, my clinical approach is informed by empirically validated treatments and techniques, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Like using psychotherapy outcome research to inform my clinical work, I employ a methodological approach to disentangling the various biological, social, and environmental factors that may be contributing to your current and past difficulties. My approach is intensely collaborative and transparent in nature.
(332) 378-5293 View (332) 378-5293
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Alyssa Kushner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with past trauma that's currently impacting you, anxiety, burn out, people pleasing, codependency, perfectionism, a harsh inner critic, or your relationship w/ alcohol? Or are you a parent of a teen who is struggling with stress and anxiety, low-self esteem, depression, or self-harm? I am passionate about working with teens, adults and their families with the above needs. If you would like to become a more confident and authentic version of yourself, I'd be honored to support you. I fully understand how important the right therapist fit is to feel safe enough to open up.
Are you struggling with past trauma that's currently impacting you, anxiety, burn out, people pleasing, codependency, perfectionism, a harsh inner critic, or your relationship w/ alcohol? Or are you a parent of a teen who is struggling with stress and anxiety, low-self esteem, depression, or self-harm? I am passionate about working with teens, adults and their families with the above needs. If you would like to become a more confident and authentic version of yourself, I'd be honored to support you. I fully understand how important the right therapist fit is to feel safe enough to open up.
(646) 849-3149 x1 View (646) 849-3149 x1
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Alana Barlia
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, MA, EdM
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
This includes expertise in helping clients heal from codependency & narcissistic relationships.
Hi! I am an NYC-based therapist providing warm, inviting, and effective therapy for adults and couples. My clients find solace and relief through our work together by learning deeply about themselves, addressing the root cause of their distress, and moving through their difficult emotions. I believe that if you invest in yourself & your relationships today - you have the capacity to change your entire life. Remember, you deserve to live a life that brings you joy, satisfaction, and a sense of purpose.
This includes expertise in helping clients heal from codependency & narcissistic relationships.
Hi! I am an NYC-based therapist providing warm, inviting, and effective therapy for adults and couples. My clients find solace and relief through our work together by learning deeply about themselves, addressing the root cause of their distress, and moving through their difficult emotions. I believe that if you invest in yourself & your relationships today - you have the capacity to change your entire life. Remember, you deserve to live a life that brings you joy, satisfaction, and a sense of purpose.
(914) 326-2804 View (914) 326-2804
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Carl Nelke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW, LLC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018
Topics addressed are relationships, IFS trauma, finances, addictions/substance abuse/12 Steps, codependency, LGBTQIA issues, work issues, chronic illnesses like Lyme disease, or even everyday anxiety over social media events.
I've been in private practice for over 20 years. I work mainly with clients who have relationship problems, substance issues, trauma, and identity issues. I enjoy providing a safe, introspective, and multifaceted treatment approach for my clients. I help to relieve stressed, overworked parts of the personality. We will work together to inventory, accept, acknowledge, and support all of aspects of oneself and ones environmental issues. Together, we'll offer pressure relief and get more Self-led answers to problems which you might be facing. I am located in Midtown Manhattan.
Topics addressed are relationships, IFS trauma, finances, addictions/substance abuse/12 Steps, codependency, LGBTQIA issues, work issues, chronic illnesses like Lyme disease, or even everyday anxiety over social media events.
I've been in private practice for over 20 years. I work mainly with clients who have relationship problems, substance issues, trauma, and identity issues. I enjoy providing a safe, introspective, and multifaceted treatment approach for my clients. I help to relieve stressed, overworked parts of the personality. We will work together to inventory, accept, acknowledge, and support all of aspects of oneself and ones environmental issues. Together, we'll offer pressure relief and get more Self-led answers to problems which you might be facing. I am located in Midtown Manhattan.
(646) 941-8766 View (646) 941-8766
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Patricia Bagnall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10038
I specialize in helping people who struggle with codependency and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) issues.
"A healed you is there inside, waiting to be released from the past and ushered into a healthy reality." - Anonymous. Psychotherapy will provide you with the opportunity to heal emotionally, mentally and spiritually. As a therapist, I provide a supportive and empathic environment where it feels safe to explore the influence of the past on the present and to make changes in the here and now. Together we will understand the psychological and behavioral patterns of relating which are preventing you from moving forward into the life you were meant to live. You will learn to connect with yourself and others in new healthier ways.
I specialize in helping people who struggle with codependency and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) issues.
"A healed you is there inside, waiting to be released from the past and ushered into a healthy reality." - Anonymous. Psychotherapy will provide you with the opportunity to heal emotionally, mentally and spiritually. As a therapist, I provide a supportive and empathic environment where it feels safe to explore the influence of the past on the present and to make changes in the here and now. Together we will understand the psychological and behavioral patterns of relating which are preventing you from moving forward into the life you were meant to live. You will learn to connect with yourself and others in new healthier ways.
(646) 494-0537 View (646) 494-0537
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Jessica Huff
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
I recognize and honor the diverse backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences that shape each individual's journey. With specialized expertise in anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, domestic violence, codependency, and relationship dynamics, I bring a compassionate and client-centered approach to my practice. By using a diverse range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, talk therapy, and coaching techniques, I tailor my approach to meet the unique needs of each client.
I recognize and honor the diverse backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences that shape each individual's journey. With specialized expertise in anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, domestic violence, codependency, and relationship dynamics, I bring a compassionate and client-centered approach to my practice. By using a diverse range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, talk therapy, and coaching techniques, I tailor my approach to meet the unique needs of each client.
(845) 593-9018 View (845) 593-9018
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Chris Kingman | Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Codependency & love addiction are my specialties. Helping people replace unhealthy relationship patterns with healthier ones is very satisfying and meaningful work for me. It's an amazing privilege to be part of a process whereby people are changing their mindsets and their lives for the better. I consider myself very fortunate to be doing this work.
Codependency & love addiction are my specialties. Helping people replace unhealthy relationship patterns with healthier ones is very satisfying and meaningful work for me. It's an amazing privilege to be part of a process whereby people are changing their mindsets and their lives for the better. I consider myself very fortunate to be doing this work.
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Audra Tolbert-Martin, LPC, LMHC, ATR
Licensed Professional Counselor, MFA, MA, LPC, LMHC, ATR
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10012  (Online Only)
I'm a Jungian-oriented Board Certified Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor & Registered Art Therapist in the states of CT, IL, NY, PA, TX. I specialize in relationships, adult attachment anxiety, codependency, childhood trauma (emotional neglect, alcoholism, narcissistic parenting), and major life transitions (times in a person's life which call for deep self-evaluation). I use humor, empathy, and alternative methods of healing to help you find your own path in life! While life is at times a Tragi-Comedy, we can walk through the fire and free ourselves from the grips of anxiety, inner criticism and fear of loss.
I'm a Jungian-oriented Board Certified Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor & Registered Art Therapist in the states of CT, IL, NY, PA, TX. I specialize in relationships, adult attachment anxiety, codependency, childhood trauma (emotional neglect, alcoholism, narcissistic parenting), and major life transitions (times in a person's life which call for deep self-evaluation). I use humor, empathy, and alternative methods of healing to help you find your own path in life! While life is at times a Tragi-Comedy, we can walk through the fire and free ourselves from the grips of anxiety, inner criticism and fear of loss.
(646) 762-0368 View (646) 762-0368
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Christine Johnson-Allen Family Recovery Specialist
Licensed Master Social Worker, MSEd, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
My ideal client is an individual or family member who has a loved one who is using drugs or alcohol. The Family Recovery approach - healing from codependency, broken trust, strained relationships and communication problems - is a powerful evidence-based methodology that works. Through the recovery process, you will gain new perspective, learn a variety of coping skills, and find relief and freedom from the pain of living with addiction.
My ideal client is an individual or family member who has a loved one who is using drugs or alcohol. The Family Recovery approach - healing from codependency, broken trust, strained relationships and communication problems - is a powerful evidence-based methodology that works. Through the recovery process, you will gain new perspective, learn a variety of coping skills, and find relief and freedom from the pain of living with addiction.
(718) 841-0670 View (718) 841-0670
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Ahvegyil Skolnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LMSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Did you grow up with a mother that may have been a narcissist? Do you struggle with codependency and healthy relationships? Lack self-esteem? Do you find yourself wondering how did I end up in another toxic situation? Cognitive therapy is a service that can help you understand how early experiences impact how you go through life. Maybe you need to create boundaries and communication to save a relationship where is the time to let go of that toxic person altogether? consider scheduling a cognitive therapy session. You will gain the skills needed to recognize old patterns of behavior, create boundaries and be a healthier you.
Did you grow up with a mother that may have been a narcissist? Do you struggle with codependency and healthy relationships? Lack self-esteem? Do you find yourself wondering how did I end up in another toxic situation? Cognitive therapy is a service that can help you understand how early experiences impact how you go through life. Maybe you need to create boundaries and communication to save a relationship where is the time to let go of that toxic person altogether? consider scheduling a cognitive therapy session. You will gain the skills needed to recognize old patterns of behavior, create boundaries and be a healthier you.
(518) 632-7769 View (518) 632-7769
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Heather Coleman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I also specialize working with ACoAs & Codependency, and those in 12 step programs.
You deserve to live a life with joy, ease and confidence. Perhaps you've been in therapy before or this is your first time. Therapy doesn't have to be a one-sided relationship where you're mulling over your entire life's history and all of the pain! In fact, it can be an enjoyable process; a full, engaging relationship with humor, intellect, creativity, spark and curiosity. I'm a real person in the room with you. Together, we will explore solutions and new ways of thinking, feeling and acting. I want you to get the results you want, to find purpose and meaning in your relationships, work and any other life areas.
I also specialize working with ACoAs & Codependency, and those in 12 step programs.
You deserve to live a life with joy, ease and confidence. Perhaps you've been in therapy before or this is your first time. Therapy doesn't have to be a one-sided relationship where you're mulling over your entire life's history and all of the pain! In fact, it can be an enjoyable process; a full, engaging relationship with humor, intellect, creativity, spark and curiosity. I'm a real person in the room with you. Together, we will explore solutions and new ways of thinking, feeling and acting. I want you to get the results you want, to find purpose and meaning in your relationships, work and any other life areas.
(347) 474-7128 View (347) 474-7128
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Danielle Petrella
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I bring extensive experience working with diverse populations, including the LGBTQ+ community, individuals navigating family dysfunction, attachment wounds, relationship challenges, codependency issues, as well as those struggling with depression and anxiety. Overall, my approach is centered around fostering self-awareness, promoting personal growth, and empowering you to create meaningful and satisfying connections with yourself and others.
I bring extensive experience working with diverse populations, including the LGBTQ+ community, individuals navigating family dysfunction, attachment wounds, relationship challenges, codependency issues, as well as those struggling with depression and anxiety. Overall, my approach is centered around fostering self-awareness, promoting personal growth, and empowering you to create meaningful and satisfying connections with yourself and others.
(315) 996-3465 View (315) 996-3465
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Norbelina Muzo
Counselor, MA, EdM, LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10040  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping women dissolve codependency, boost their self-esteem, and become comfortable with putting themselves first.
Are you a professional and ambitious woman with people-pleasing tendencies? Standing up for yourself may bring up feelings of guilt or anxiety but not doing so may leave you frustrated, resentful or depressed. There’s a way to live more authentically and to have deep connections with others.
I enjoy helping women dissolve codependency, boost their self-esteem, and become comfortable with putting themselves first.
Are you a professional and ambitious woman with people-pleasing tendencies? Standing up for yourself may bring up feelings of guilt or anxiety but not doing so may leave you frustrated, resentful or depressed. There’s a way to live more authentically and to have deep connections with others.
(347) 933-6685 View (347) 933-6685
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Vanessa Ann Vigilante
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10012  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I provide virtual therapy to adults experiencing concerns such as relationship stress, depression, personal and professional interpersonal issues, over personalizing, codependency, oversensitivity, fear of rejection, parenting, work related stress, defensiveness, panic, anxiety, health provider stress, chronic pain, and adjustment to chronic illness. I provide virtual sessions to individuals residing in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York as well as to individuals residing in a state that is a member of PSYPACT. Visit https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap to learn more.
Hello and welcome! I provide virtual therapy to adults experiencing concerns such as relationship stress, depression, personal and professional interpersonal issues, over personalizing, codependency, oversensitivity, fear of rejection, parenting, work related stress, defensiveness, panic, anxiety, health provider stress, chronic pain, and adjustment to chronic illness. I provide virtual sessions to individuals residing in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York as well as to individuals residing in a state that is a member of PSYPACT. Visit https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap to learn more.
(302) 524-0891 View (302) 524-0891

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.