Codependency Therapists in Philadelphia, PA

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Molly Hayes Wolfe
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I also have expertise in many women's issue such as codependency , eating and body image issues ,career and parenting , step parenting , divorce and blended families .
I am very passionate about my work and consider it a gift to be able to help people improve their lives and wellbeing. I have over 20 years of experience in the mental health care field. I was trained early in in my career as an Addictions Counselor at Drexel University and then moved to San Francisco to complete my Masters in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Marriage and family therapy . I am trained in Cognitive behavioral therapy , Humanistic , and Mindfulness based practices . I have a very dynamic, collaborative, pragmatic approach to counseling that I tailor to the needs and preferences of each individual client.
I also have expertise in many women's issue such as codependency , eating and body image issues ,career and parenting , step parenting , divorce and blended families .
I am very passionate about my work and consider it a gift to be able to help people improve their lives and wellbeing. I have over 20 years of experience in the mental health care field. I was trained early in in my career as an Addictions Counselor at Drexel University and then moved to San Francisco to complete my Masters in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Marriage and family therapy . I am trained in Cognitive behavioral therapy , Humanistic , and Mindfulness based practices . I have a very dynamic, collaborative, pragmatic approach to counseling that I tailor to the needs and preferences of each individual client.
(267) 609-2258 View (267) 609-2258
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Alisa Stamps
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I offer treatment for additional concerns including: codependency/family conflict, anxiety, and complex trauma.
You look in the mirror and see the "bad" traits. That you're not thin enough, not righteous enough, not "good" enough. You realize that these traits were projected there by someone else--a partner, or maybe even a parent. You want to recover from perhaps a lifetime of emotional pain and narcissistic abuse but you don't know where to begin...I specialize in treating adult children of narcissists, cult abuse/religious trauma survivors, and those struggling with disordered eating and body image issues. I can support you in developing your inner strengths so that when you look in the mirror it will be your true self staring back at you.
I offer treatment for additional concerns including: codependency/family conflict, anxiety, and complex trauma.
You look in the mirror and see the "bad" traits. That you're not thin enough, not righteous enough, not "good" enough. You realize that these traits were projected there by someone else--a partner, or maybe even a parent. You want to recover from perhaps a lifetime of emotional pain and narcissistic abuse but you don't know where to begin...I specialize in treating adult children of narcissists, cult abuse/religious trauma survivors, and those struggling with disordered eating and body image issues. I can support you in developing your inner strengths so that when you look in the mirror it will be your true self staring back at you.
(267) 642-5396 View (267) 642-5396
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Cara Blouin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19143
I focus on codependency, burnout, perfectionism and compassion fatigue.
When we see ourselves clearly, it's good for the people around us. Trying to live well and do right by others when we don't honestly know ourselves usually has unintended impacts. If you've been quick to help people, but reluctant to seek support for yourself, let's talk. I welcome people who are skeptical about therapy. It is very important to me to be affirming of all genders and expressions, and to be an active anti-racist ally.
I focus on codependency, burnout, perfectionism and compassion fatigue.
When we see ourselves clearly, it's good for the people around us. Trying to live well and do right by others when we don't honestly know ourselves usually has unintended impacts. If you've been quick to help people, but reluctant to seek support for yourself, let's talk. I welcome people who are skeptical about therapy. It is very important to me to be affirming of all genders and expressions, and to be an active anti-racist ally.
(844) 946-2137 View (844) 946-2137
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Katie Idell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19119
I recognize the strength and courage it takes to seek support, and I believe this is a sign of your resilience. My aim is to create a collaborative relationship with you that is supportive, compassionate, validating, and connected. One of my highest values as a therapist is to meet you where you are, and to work with you toward increasing emotional safety. I value a gentle, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive approach, and we will move at your pace. I specialize in working with highly sensitive people, codependency, childhood emotional neglect, trauma, anxiety, depression, shame, and challenging family relationships.
I recognize the strength and courage it takes to seek support, and I believe this is a sign of your resilience. My aim is to create a collaborative relationship with you that is supportive, compassionate, validating, and connected. One of my highest values as a therapist is to meet you where you are, and to work with you toward increasing emotional safety. I value a gentle, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive approach, and we will move at your pace. I specialize in working with highly sensitive people, codependency, childhood emotional neglect, trauma, anxiety, depression, shame, and challenging family relationships.
(267) 313-5247 View (267) 313-5247
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Peggy Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19128
I have been in the field for over 15 years in a variety of settings, and have supported clients and their family members with various issues, including anxiety, depression, codependency, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, illness, grief/bereavement, and the aging process.
My approach to therapy is both compassionate and empathetic. I believe we all have the ability to grow and change if we have the necessary support, desire and tools. Through the therapeutic relationship and process, clients can improve the quality of their lives by gaining a better understanding of themselves. My goal is to help my clients gain courage and self awareness to live life fully. My approach is collaborative, intuitive and gestalt. I specialize in grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, illness, anxiety, depression, women's issues, postpartum depression and issues related to chronic health.
I have been in the field for over 15 years in a variety of settings, and have supported clients and their family members with various issues, including anxiety, depression, codependency, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, illness, grief/bereavement, and the aging process.
My approach to therapy is both compassionate and empathetic. I believe we all have the ability to grow and change if we have the necessary support, desire and tools. Through the therapeutic relationship and process, clients can improve the quality of their lives by gaining a better understanding of themselves. My goal is to help my clients gain courage and self awareness to live life fully. My approach is collaborative, intuitive and gestalt. I specialize in grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, illness, anxiety, depression, women's issues, postpartum depression and issues related to chronic health.
(215) 608-3105 View (215) 608-3105
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Audra Tolbert-Martin, LPC, LMHC, ATR
Licensed Professional Counselor, MFA, MA, LPC, LMHC, ATR
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19092  (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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Erica Vaughn Strasser
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19092  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a licensed professional psychotherapist with a specialty in addiction, substance use disorder, codependency, healing after divorce, women's issues, and wellness. I meet my clients where they are and then build on their strengths in order to help them achieve their goals. Healing takes time and patience, but it doesn't need to also be lonely. I am here as your therapist to help you get back on a path to a thriving successful life!
Hello! I am a licensed professional psychotherapist with a specialty in addiction, substance use disorder, codependency, healing after divorce, women's issues, and wellness. I meet my clients where they are and then build on their strengths in order to help them achieve their goals. Healing takes time and patience, but it doesn't need to also be lonely. I am here as your therapist to help you get back on a path to a thriving successful life!
(412) 960-8674 View (412) 960-8674
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Vanessa Ann Vigilante
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104  (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
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Morgan Karcher
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hi, I'm Morgan! I'm a Philly-based trauma focused licensed professional counselor with Nourish Therapy & Wellness. My expertise comes from a psychodynamic, relational therapy approach, implementing tenants of Art Therapy, Feminist Theory, Internal Family Systems Model, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (T-F CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy . I have helped individuals, families, couples from adolescence into adulthood find healing and understanding in desperate situations. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, BPD, codependency, attachment issues, body image & self-esteem.
Hi, I'm Morgan! I'm a Philly-based trauma focused licensed professional counselor with Nourish Therapy & Wellness. My expertise comes from a psychodynamic, relational therapy approach, implementing tenants of Art Therapy, Feminist Theory, Internal Family Systems Model, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (T-F CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy . I have helped individuals, families, couples from adolescence into adulthood find healing and understanding in desperate situations. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, BPD, codependency, attachment issues, body image & self-esteem.
(610) 822-2303 View (610) 822-2303
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Julie Young
LPC Intern, MSEd, MPhilEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19147
My passion lies in fostering a non-judgmental environment to explore your patterns and experiences. I bring a blend of warmth, empathy, and occasional humor to our sessions, helping you process life challenges with more groundedness and resilience. I particularly enjoy working with adolescent clients and adults ages 18-40, and I have a special interest in life transitions, relationships, family-of-origin wounds, and trauma. Other areas of interest include anxiety, people-pleasing, ADHD, women's issues, coping and communication skills, codependency, career guidance, stress management, and self-esteem cultivation.
My passion lies in fostering a non-judgmental environment to explore your patterns and experiences. I bring a blend of warmth, empathy, and occasional humor to our sessions, helping you process life challenges with more groundedness and resilience. I particularly enjoy working with adolescent clients and adults ages 18-40, and I have a special interest in life transitions, relationships, family-of-origin wounds, and trauma. Other areas of interest include anxiety, people-pleasing, ADHD, women's issues, coping and communication skills, codependency, career guidance, stress management, and self-esteem cultivation.
(609) 928-7922 View (609) 928-7922
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Maddie Quirk
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19144
I specialize in treating childhood trauma, chronic pain, adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs), post-traumatic stress disorder, and codependency.
With over a decade of experience in the mental health field I have worked with clients from all walks of life. While everyone is unique in their struggles, I believe that most suffering can be alleviated by addressing root causes such as early childhood traumas, nervous system dysfunction, and family of origin wounding.
I specialize in treating childhood trauma, chronic pain, adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs), post-traumatic stress disorder, and codependency.
With over a decade of experience in the mental health field I have worked with clients from all walks of life. While everyone is unique in their struggles, I believe that most suffering can be alleviated by addressing root causes such as early childhood traumas, nervous system dysfunction, and family of origin wounding.
(267) 692-5304 View (267) 692-5304
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Tabs Ulmer
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19110
We can address codependency, narcissism, attachment issues, personality and mood disorders and relationship issues.
I invite anyone who feels the need to talk to someone who is ready and eager to listen to them. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder 1 &2, ADHD, Autism and Attachment are some of the main issues that bring clients to me. I have worked in mental, behavioral and relational health for the last ten years and am excited to welcome couples, duos, ethically and consensually non-monogamous clients as well as individuals. One approach to issues which I have adopted in my practice is the idea that all behavior is communication, sometimes we need some help finding out what we are trying to say.
We can address codependency, narcissism, attachment issues, personality and mood disorders and relationship issues.
I invite anyone who feels the need to talk to someone who is ready and eager to listen to them. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder 1 &2, ADHD, Autism and Attachment are some of the main issues that bring clients to me. I have worked in mental, behavioral and relational health for the last ten years and am excited to welcome couples, duos, ethically and consensually non-monogamous clients as well as individuals. One approach to issues which I have adopted in my practice is the idea that all behavior is communication, sometimes we need some help finding out what we are trying to say.
(267) 704-8423 View (267) 704-8423
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Katie Dixon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19147  (Online Only)
These challenges often interlink with a wider range of issues that I also work with including, but not limited to, school or work-related stress, grief, codependency, addiction, PTSD and trauma.
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of daily life, or held back by painful experiences from the past, you do not have to face life's challenges alone. I view therapy as a collaborative process which is built upon openness, understanding, and hope. I believe the most important relationship you have is with yourself. Therefore, my work with clients centers around developing a healthy sense of self in order to manage life’s difficulties more easily. My goal is to provide an environment where you will feel safe to express yourself, to be heard, to heal, and to explore the possibilities for making lasting changes.
These challenges often interlink with a wider range of issues that I also work with including, but not limited to, school or work-related stress, grief, codependency, addiction, PTSD and trauma.
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of daily life, or held back by painful experiences from the past, you do not have to face life's challenges alone. I view therapy as a collaborative process which is built upon openness, understanding, and hope. I believe the most important relationship you have is with yourself. Therefore, my work with clients centers around developing a healthy sense of self in order to manage life’s difficulties more easily. My goal is to provide an environment where you will feel safe to express yourself, to be heard, to heal, and to explore the possibilities for making lasting changes.
(267) 380-2777 View (267) 380-2777
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Addie Mooney
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd, APC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Welcome! As a therapist my goal is to create a non-judgmental and supportive space where it feels safe to explore and grow. I have extensive experience supporting survivors of sexual assault and relational trauma (domestic violence, childhood abuse) as well as a strong understanding of narcissistic abuse and codependency. I also work with individuals that may be experiencing anxiety, depression, and OCD as well as life stress from difficult loss or transitions. My therapeutic approach integrates a psychodynamic and interpersonal framework along with some elements of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CF-CBT).
Welcome! As a therapist my goal is to create a non-judgmental and supportive space where it feels safe to explore and grow. I have extensive experience supporting survivors of sexual assault and relational trauma (domestic violence, childhood abuse) as well as a strong understanding of narcissistic abuse and codependency. I also work with individuals that may be experiencing anxiety, depression, and OCD as well as life stress from difficult loss or transitions. My therapeutic approach integrates a psychodynamic and interpersonal framework along with some elements of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CF-CBT).
(610) 686-8690 View (610) 686-8690
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Colette A Grosso
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, MEd
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I specialize in working with achievement-oriented folks across the gender and sexuality spectrum who may experience anxiety, relationship stress, CPTSD, complicated grief, substance abuse, codependency, and difficulty with emotionally immature parents. I have 10+ years of experience working with adults in Philadelphia. My work with clients is relationally based and is influenced by somatic experiencing, Internal Family Systems, and mindfulness techniques.
I specialize in working with achievement-oriented folks across the gender and sexuality spectrum who may experience anxiety, relationship stress, CPTSD, complicated grief, substance abuse, codependency, and difficulty with emotionally immature parents. I have 10+ years of experience working with adults in Philadelphia. My work with clients is relationally based and is influenced by somatic experiencing, Internal Family Systems, and mindfulness techniques.
(484) 559-6756 View (484) 559-6756
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Jenna Loz
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19109
Trauma. We all experience it at some point in our lives. It’s that thing that keeps you up at night. The thing that you distract yourself from by working extra hours, scrolling endlessly on Tik-Tok, self-harm, addiction, codependency. We run, fight, freeze, fawn, shut-down. Our bodies are built to adapt to the stress in our lives but what happens when the stress is too much? When we run into obstacles like bullying, abuse, illness, separation, loss, disasters? What happens when there is no one to witness our pain? We forget about the parts of ourselves that are creative, brave, intuitive, funny, smart, kind, gentle, strong.
Trauma. We all experience it at some point in our lives. It’s that thing that keeps you up at night. The thing that you distract yourself from by working extra hours, scrolling endlessly on Tik-Tok, self-harm, addiction, codependency. We run, fight, freeze, fawn, shut-down. Our bodies are built to adapt to the stress in our lives but what happens when the stress is too much? When we run into obstacles like bullying, abuse, illness, separation, loss, disasters? What happens when there is no one to witness our pain? We forget about the parts of ourselves that are creative, brave, intuitive, funny, smart, kind, gentle, strong.
(215) 584-4511 View (215) 584-4511
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Alyssa Sullinger
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Are you a millennial or Gen Z Christian woman struggling with anxiety in your relationships? You're not alone. My name is Alyssa, and I specialize in helping young women like you navigate the complexities of anxiety, attachment, and codependency through a unique blend of psychological principles and Christian faith. I also specialize in helping those suffering from religious trauma or who are looking to reconnect with their faith.
Are you a millennial or Gen Z Christian woman struggling with anxiety in your relationships? You're not alone. My name is Alyssa, and I specialize in helping young women like you navigate the complexities of anxiety, attachment, and codependency through a unique blend of psychological principles and Christian faith. I also specialize in helping those suffering from religious trauma or who are looking to reconnect with their faith.
(412) 900-9326 View (412) 900-9326
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Dorothy Burge
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19130  (Online Only)
My focus is with teens and adults who have experienced trauma such as domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse, abandonment, grief/loss, PTSD, as well as those who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, mood disorders, and codependency. I also work with clients seeking guidance as they make major life transitions. I have extensive experience working with clients who have experienced homelessness and have been in the foster care system. With more than 25 years of experience, I will help you identify the root causes of issues, and to develop effective strategies to take charge and have the life you deserve.
My focus is with teens and adults who have experienced trauma such as domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse, abandonment, grief/loss, PTSD, as well as those who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, mood disorders, and codependency. I also work with clients seeking guidance as they make major life transitions. I have extensive experience working with clients who have experienced homelessness and have been in the foster care system. With more than 25 years of experience, I will help you identify the root causes of issues, and to develop effective strategies to take charge and have the life you deserve.
(415) 297-8050 View (415) 297-8050
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Marsha Schwartz Klein
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, CCMHC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I have extensive training in working with individuals with issues concerning: * Marriage and family counseling * Work with blended families * Codependency * Communications * Conflict resolution * Family conflict * Coping skills * Family conflicts * Pre-marital counseling * Addictions.
Everyone seeks love and happiness in their lives, but for many of us, this requires work. Although being intimately attached to another can bring healing and joy, sometimes we begin to question our relationships. For over 38 years, I have been helping couples restore those relationships that have hit a rough patch. It is my goal to help couples find their way back to each other by empowering them with the tools to understand each other and heal themselves and their relationships.
I have extensive training in working with individuals with issues concerning: * Marriage and family counseling * Work with blended families * Codependency * Communications * Conflict resolution * Family conflict * Coping skills * Family conflicts * Pre-marital counseling * Addictions.
Everyone seeks love and happiness in their lives, but for many of us, this requires work. Although being intimately attached to another can bring healing and joy, sometimes we begin to question our relationships. For over 38 years, I have been helping couples restore those relationships that have hit a rough patch. It is my goal to help couples find their way back to each other by empowering them with the tools to understand each other and heal themselves and their relationships.
(267) 343-9011 View (267) 343-9011
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Sharpe Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
My interventions and assessment skills focus on building healing connections in order to gain relief from various mental health disorders. Specific disorders include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety, codependency, and relationship issues. I work from an interpersonal and relational theoretical framework and believe insight into our core relationships can impact current psychological road blocks. While these insights are significant, it is also important to work in the here in now for problem solving skills in our daily life.
My interventions and assessment skills focus on building healing connections in order to gain relief from various mental health disorders. Specific disorders include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety, codependency, and relationship issues. I work from an interpersonal and relational theoretical framework and believe insight into our core relationships can impact current psychological road blocks. While these insights are significant, it is also important to work in the here in now for problem solving skills in our daily life.
(484) 652-2936 View (484) 652-2936

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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.