Codependency Therapists in Austin, TX

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Melissa Haney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, SEP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
Currently accepting new clients. I offer individual therapy for adults ages 18 and beyond, with an expertise in developmental trauma recovery. I use a variety of methods including Somatic Experiencing, ART(Accelerated Resolution Therapy), AEDP, Pia Mellody's Post Induction Therapy(Codependency), Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, and NARM(NeuroAffective Relational Model). My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.
Currently accepting new clients. I offer individual therapy for adults ages 18 and beyond, with an expertise in developmental trauma recovery. I use a variety of methods including Somatic Experiencing, ART(Accelerated Resolution Therapy), AEDP, Pia Mellody's Post Induction Therapy(Codependency), Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, and NARM(NeuroAffective Relational Model). My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.
(512) 746-1068 View (512) 746-1068
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Abe Clabby
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78747  (Online Only)
Abe Clabby is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in treating relationship issues, workaholism, trauma, codependency, depression, anxiety, autism, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Abe spent the last 6 years at the Love Is Respect hotline and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where he has seen the best and the worst that family and relationships have to offer. He is the author of "Cool Off the Burnout: Feel Better at High-Pressure Jobs".
Abe Clabby is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in treating relationship issues, workaholism, trauma, codependency, depression, anxiety, autism, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Abe spent the last 6 years at the Love Is Respect hotline and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where he has seen the best and the worst that family and relationships have to offer. He is the author of "Cool Off the Burnout: Feel Better at High-Pressure Jobs".
(512) 675-5391 View (512) 675-5391
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Chris Neal
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
This can include codependency, communication difficulties, and those challenges experienced by adult children of alcoholics.
I am dedicated to helping adults through periods of stress, transition, and uncertainty. In individual therapy, we can work together to help you quiet the mind, calm the body, and develop insights that allow you to life more fully.
This can include codependency, communication difficulties, and those challenges experienced by adult children of alcoholics.
I am dedicated to helping adults through periods of stress, transition, and uncertainty. In individual therapy, we can work together to help you quiet the mind, calm the body, and develop insights that allow you to life more fully.
(361) 315-7017 View (361) 315-7017
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Jennifer Snow
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78750
Common issues addressed in therapy include codependency, parenting, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and abuse and neglect.
For many the decision to come into counseling or bring a child into counseling is a big step. My goal is to help ease this time for you through building a therapeutic relationship and helping to equip you with tools to ease these seasons in your life. I have been in private practice for the past 4 years. My background includes working with women in recovery for a variety of issues, including: codependency, depression, anxiety and abuse, as well as ten years experience with school age children in the public schools.
Common issues addressed in therapy include codependency, parenting, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and abuse and neglect.
For many the decision to come into counseling or bring a child into counseling is a big step. My goal is to help ease this time for you through building a therapeutic relationship and helping to equip you with tools to ease these seasons in your life. I have been in private practice for the past 4 years. My background includes working with women in recovery for a variety of issues, including: codependency, depression, anxiety and abuse, as well as ten years experience with school age children in the public schools.
(512) 270-3889 View (512) 270-3889
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Kim Tayler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCDC, CCTP, KAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78750
Her areas of expertise include chemical abuse/dependency, family of origin, codependency, family dynamics, sexual abuse, trauma, sexuality and spirituality.
Kim brings compassion, inspiration, support and insight to the adults she works with. She builds upon the strengths of her clients as she assists them in transitioning from self-abandonment to that of self-acceptance. Kim works in areas such as addiction and recovery, codependency, developmental trauma, spiritual exploration and discovery, intimacy and sexuality, and expanded state work integration. She utilizes both Eastern and Western philosophies to address mind, body and spirit, for a whole person approach toward healing and helps one uncover the essential qualities they have been longing for to arise from within.
Her areas of expertise include chemical abuse/dependency, family of origin, codependency, family dynamics, sexual abuse, trauma, sexuality and spirituality.
Kim brings compassion, inspiration, support and insight to the adults she works with. She builds upon the strengths of her clients as she assists them in transitioning from self-abandonment to that of self-acceptance. Kim works in areas such as addiction and recovery, codependency, developmental trauma, spiritual exploration and discovery, intimacy and sexuality, and expanded state work integration. She utilizes both Eastern and Western philosophies to address mind, body and spirit, for a whole person approach toward healing and helps one uncover the essential qualities they have been longing for to arise from within.
(737) 204-8855 View (737) 204-8855
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Margot Goralczyk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, codependency, & healing from contentious relationships.
Do you feel alone, confused, or that no one understands you? Do you feel like your life is out of balance? Perhaps you are experiencing mood swings? Are disturbing memories from the past or worries about your future impacting your present? You deserve to live in a state of being where you feel seen, heard, supported, and understood. By talking out your problems, learning new coping tools, and developing a deeper awareness of your needs, you will be more equipped to manage difficult days. In time, you will experience a deeper connection with yourself and with others.The benefits of therapy are life changing.I can help get you there.
I specialize in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, codependency, & healing from contentious relationships.
Do you feel alone, confused, or that no one understands you? Do you feel like your life is out of balance? Perhaps you are experiencing mood swings? Are disturbing memories from the past or worries about your future impacting your present? You deserve to live in a state of being where you feel seen, heard, supported, and understood. By talking out your problems, learning new coping tools, and developing a deeper awareness of your needs, you will be more equipped to manage difficult days. In time, you will experience a deeper connection with yourself and with others.The benefits of therapy are life changing.I can help get you there.
(512) 229-9678 View (512) 229-9678
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Kirsten Bonaventura
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Do you prioritize everyone else in your life? Do you have difficulty comfortably expressing your feelings? Have you noticed negative patterns in your relationships? As a clinical psychologist, I assist clients with making desired changes in their relationships and behaviors. Therapy is utilized to improve self esteem, communication, and build coping skills. I frequently treat clients struggling with issues of codependency, depression and anxiety. I also assist clients who are navigating through a particularly challenging time in their lives, so that they are able to move forward with an improved sense of self and direction.
Do you prioritize everyone else in your life? Do you have difficulty comfortably expressing your feelings? Have you noticed negative patterns in your relationships? As a clinical psychologist, I assist clients with making desired changes in their relationships and behaviors. Therapy is utilized to improve self esteem, communication, and build coping skills. I frequently treat clients struggling with issues of codependency, depression and anxiety. I also assist clients who are navigating through a particularly challenging time in their lives, so that they are able to move forward with an improved sense of self and direction.
(512) 768-4225 View (512) 768-4225
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Marnie Boyd
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
It takes courage to reach out for support and help in making change in your life and if you are here looking for a therapist to build a relationship and work with you I would be happy to work with you through your journey. I have experience in helping clients with trauma, relationship challenges (codependency, abandonment), anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment.
It takes courage to reach out for support and help in making change in your life and if you are here looking for a therapist to build a relationship and work with you I would be happy to work with you through your journey. I have experience in helping clients with trauma, relationship challenges (codependency, abandonment), anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment.
(512) 768-4483 View (512) 768-4483
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Andrea Yeric
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78757
I am passionate about working with people surrounding codependency, trauma, and attachment wounds from a heart-centered lens.
You're feeling stuck. You're finding yourself feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from life, others, and maybe yourself. You feel uncertain of your thoughts, wants, needs or what to do. Trauma can leave us feeling hopeless, exhausted, and alone. It can make us shut the world out, or put other's needs before our own in hope for solace. At times it can feel like change isn't possible, or if we just ignore it long enough it will resolve itself.
I am passionate about working with people surrounding codependency, trauma, and attachment wounds from a heart-centered lens.
You're feeling stuck. You're finding yourself feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from life, others, and maybe yourself. You feel uncertain of your thoughts, wants, needs or what to do. Trauma can leave us feeling hopeless, exhausted, and alone. It can make us shut the world out, or put other's needs before our own in hope for solace. At times it can feel like change isn't possible, or if we just ignore it long enough it will resolve itself.
(512) 559-3748 View (512) 559-3748
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Bryant Hyland Packard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78758
To accomplish the change you want, will require bravery and vulnerability. Asking for help takes courage you are worth it! You can do your work now, or at the next relationship, or the work can “do you”. Experience with adults, adolescents, individuals, couples and families, specializing in Trauma, PTSD, Panic, Depression, Anxiety, Marital Conflict, Grief, Bi-Polar, ADHD, Sex & Love Addiction, Codependency and Relationship Issues. My passion is helping you actualize your authentic self, focused on your values, disempowering stories we tell ourselves to truly accomplish your ultimate goals and a life worth living.
To accomplish the change you want, will require bravery and vulnerability. Asking for help takes courage you are worth it! You can do your work now, or at the next relationship, or the work can “do you”. Experience with adults, adolescents, individuals, couples and families, specializing in Trauma, PTSD, Panic, Depression, Anxiety, Marital Conflict, Grief, Bi-Polar, ADHD, Sex & Love Addiction, Codependency and Relationship Issues. My passion is helping you actualize your authentic self, focused on your values, disempowering stories we tell ourselves to truly accomplish your ultimate goals and a life worth living.
(832) 409-2023 View (832) 409-2023
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Jan Venable
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, -S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
Jan Venable, M.Ed., LPC-S is a psychotherapist and counselor with over 25 years of experience. She works with both adolescents and adults. She specializes in working with people in recovery who want to improve their relationships. This includes healing trauma, anxiety, and codependency. She believes one of the most vital elements of mental health is developing our physical health and practicing good nutrition. She advocates for treating the whole person rather than just isolated symptoms. Jan has extensive experience with adolescents. She finds treating teens with respect and compassion opens many doors.
Jan Venable, M.Ed., LPC-S is a psychotherapist and counselor with over 25 years of experience. She works with both adolescents and adults. She specializes in working with people in recovery who want to improve their relationships. This includes healing trauma, anxiety, and codependency. She believes one of the most vital elements of mental health is developing our physical health and practicing good nutrition. She advocates for treating the whole person rather than just isolated symptoms. Jan has extensive experience with adolescents. She finds treating teens with respect and compassion opens many doors.
(512) 861-8993 View (512) 861-8993
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Whitney Sutherland
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NARM
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78728
Early in life we learn to disconnect from our bodies and emotions in order to survive and adapt to the environment. Overtime, this manifests as patterns of behavior and self-rejection that though were once adaptive, now only keep us stuck. These patterns typically manifest as anxiety, depression, self-hatred, toxic shame, addictions, obsessions, compulsions, codependency and relationship problems. I work experientially in the moment to get to the root of what is getting in the way of desired experiences on an identity level. Many clients describe this process as a gradual “coming home” or reconnection to their authentic self.
Early in life we learn to disconnect from our bodies and emotions in order to survive and adapt to the environment. Overtime, this manifests as patterns of behavior and self-rejection that though were once adaptive, now only keep us stuck. These patterns typically manifest as anxiety, depression, self-hatred, toxic shame, addictions, obsessions, compulsions, codependency and relationship problems. I work experientially in the moment to get to the root of what is getting in the way of desired experiences on an identity level. Many clients describe this process as a gradual “coming home” or reconnection to their authentic self.
(737) 367-2001 View (737) 367-2001
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Nahal Robinson
LPC Associate, LPCA
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78703
Somewhere along the way, you learned to shrink parts of yourself in order to make others feel more comfortable. You are constantly concerned with what other people think of you, want from you and need from you, and feel you can't prioritize yourself. People-pleasing aka codependency can be a serious issue that wreaks havoc on your life if not addressed and worked through. Seeking approval from others is usually a deep-seeded attachment pattern that was developed in order to get your needs met at one point in time, however, you are not that same person anymore and do not need to rely on those patterns - so it's time to change them.
Somewhere along the way, you learned to shrink parts of yourself in order to make others feel more comfortable. You are constantly concerned with what other people think of you, want from you and need from you, and feel you can't prioritize yourself. People-pleasing aka codependency can be a serious issue that wreaks havoc on your life if not addressed and worked through. Seeking approval from others is usually a deep-seeded attachment pattern that was developed in order to get your needs met at one point in time, however, you are not that same person anymore and do not need to rely on those patterns - so it's time to change them.
(512) 379-6781 View (512) 379-6781
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Robert James Novickas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
I foster a safe virtual space to explore areas of self-identity, self-esteem and other existential matters. With an empathetic and caring approach, I support clients experiencing grief, anxiety or depression. I also work with clients looking to heal trauma wounds, kick an addiction, navigate difficult relationships and codependency, or overcome challenging life events. Beyond my broader client population, I enjoy working with first-time dads, providing a space for them to navigate this significant life transition. What's bringing you, or as a couple, to therapy is unique as is the journey we'll take to reach your therapeutic goals.
I foster a safe virtual space to explore areas of self-identity, self-esteem and other existential matters. With an empathetic and caring approach, I support clients experiencing grief, anxiety or depression. I also work with clients looking to heal trauma wounds, kick an addiction, navigate difficult relationships and codependency, or overcome challenging life events. Beyond my broader client population, I enjoy working with first-time dads, providing a space for them to navigate this significant life transition. What's bringing you, or as a couple, to therapy is unique as is the journey we'll take to reach your therapeutic goals.
(737) 510-7425 View (737) 510-7425
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Dr. Michael Johnson
Psychologist, PhD, SPSB
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
Problematic Sexual Behaviors often involve codependency, other addictions, depression, anxiety, infidelity, and relationship problems.
I specialize in the treatment individuals and couples dealing with sexual addiction (Problematic Sexual Behavior - PSB) and have for 20 years, treating hundreds of addicts and their partners. I am certified in treating sex addiction (S-PSB). PSBs reflect underlying problems in relationships, emotional attachment, affect management, and impulse control. Treatment engages the whole person, not merely suppression of problem behaviors. Therapy requires compassion, acceptance, and respect. I combine knowledge and wisdom with understanding, creativity, and humor in a down-to-earth, practical approach.
Problematic Sexual Behaviors often involve codependency, other addictions, depression, anxiety, infidelity, and relationship problems.
I specialize in the treatment individuals and couples dealing with sexual addiction (Problematic Sexual Behavior - PSB) and have for 20 years, treating hundreds of addicts and their partners. I am certified in treating sex addiction (S-PSB). PSBs reflect underlying problems in relationships, emotional attachment, affect management, and impulse control. Treatment engages the whole person, not merely suppression of problem behaviors. Therapy requires compassion, acceptance, and respect. I combine knowledge and wisdom with understanding, creativity, and humor in a down-to-earth, practical approach.
(737) 204-3352 View (737) 204-3352
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Lindsey Beaudreau
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
If insta-therapy, self-help, and pop-psychology haven't felt like enough, I'd be honored to work with you. I specialize in people who struggle with depression, anxiety, managing stress, poor self-esteem, people-pleasing, codependency, perfectionism, and academic pressure. I am also passionate about working with artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and other creatives who have been feeling creatively blocked, stagnant, or uninspired. Many clients also seek my help in finding ways to improve their mental health using a holistic approach instead of - or alongside - a pharmaceutical regimen.
If insta-therapy, self-help, and pop-psychology haven't felt like enough, I'd be honored to work with you. I specialize in people who struggle with depression, anxiety, managing stress, poor self-esteem, people-pleasing, codependency, perfectionism, and academic pressure. I am also passionate about working with artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and other creatives who have been feeling creatively blocked, stagnant, or uninspired. Many clients also seek my help in finding ways to improve their mental health using a holistic approach instead of - or alongside - a pharmaceutical regimen.
(512) 729-8501 View (512) 729-8501
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Sarah Barton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705
Hello! I'm Sarah, a trauma informed EMDR therapist that works with individuals struggling with trust issues, feeling stuck in relationships, codependency, perfectionists, people pleasers, addiction recovery, family conflicts, complex trauma, and those ready to break free from numbing or avoidant behaviors. Therapy can feel daunting as it brings forth our deepest emotions and truths, but I am here to create a safe and curious space where you can explore and evolve. My approach is client centered, creative, and infused with humor, offering a laid back environment where there's no such thing as sharing too much.
Hello! I'm Sarah, a trauma informed EMDR therapist that works with individuals struggling with trust issues, feeling stuck in relationships, codependency, perfectionists, people pleasers, addiction recovery, family conflicts, complex trauma, and those ready to break free from numbing or avoidant behaviors. Therapy can feel daunting as it brings forth our deepest emotions and truths, but I am here to create a safe and curious space where you can explore and evolve. My approach is client centered, creative, and infused with humor, offering a laid back environment where there's no such thing as sharing too much.
(512) 980-9075 View (512) 980-9075
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Deborah Dheva Liebman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78703
I work with individuals and couples who are struggling with relationship issues, such as codependency, conflict avoidance, and people-pleasing, and want to improve their ability to communicate their needs, set boundaries, and trust themselves. I also help adults who are experiencing significant life transitions and confusion around their identity, find clarity and richer meaning in their lives. Additionally, I have a passion for supporting those who are confronting cancer or a terminal illness, navigate and better tolerate the uncertainty, isolation, and mental turmoil that often accompany these challenges.
I work with individuals and couples who are struggling with relationship issues, such as codependency, conflict avoidance, and people-pleasing, and want to improve their ability to communicate their needs, set boundaries, and trust themselves. I also help adults who are experiencing significant life transitions and confusion around their identity, find clarity and richer meaning in their lives. Additionally, I have a passion for supporting those who are confronting cancer or a terminal illness, navigate and better tolerate the uncertainty, isolation, and mental turmoil that often accompany these challenges.
(512) 559-8990 View (512) 559-8990
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Ariana M. Valadez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Some of my focus areas include: generational trauma, life transitions, relational stressors in romantic and family of origin relationships, codependency, and culturally informed boundaries work.
The teens and adults I often work with are folks who, in their pursuit to “have it all,” are feeling stuck, lonely, and at times may feel overwhelmed by a harsh inner critic. Often times, my clients are introspective, deep thinkers and deep feelers, who want to do what's best for them and their loved ones, but struggle to find the right balance between the two for themselves.
Some of my focus areas include: generational trauma, life transitions, relational stressors in romantic and family of origin relationships, codependency, and culturally informed boundaries work.
The teens and adults I often work with are folks who, in their pursuit to “have it all,” are feeling stuck, lonely, and at times may feel overwhelmed by a harsh inner critic. Often times, my clients are introspective, deep thinkers and deep feelers, who want to do what's best for them and their loved ones, but struggle to find the right balance between the two for themselves.
(737) 510-2391 View (737) 510-2391
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Amy's Healing Haven
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Welcome :) I'm Amy and my goal as a therapist is to aid you in the process of healing attachment wounds, relationship trauma, and building healthy relationships. Throughout the course of our life, starting from when we're just children, we experience a variety of relationships that affect how we navigate our interactions with others in our day to day life. With unhealthy bonds, boundaries being broken, codependency and abuse, many struggle to uphold their values and self worth. I aim to help you find your best self, self love, and strength to take charge in your future. I strive to help you on the journey to finding a healthy life.
Welcome :) I'm Amy and my goal as a therapist is to aid you in the process of healing attachment wounds, relationship trauma, and building healthy relationships. Throughout the course of our life, starting from when we're just children, we experience a variety of relationships that affect how we navigate our interactions with others in our day to day life. With unhealthy bonds, boundaries being broken, codependency and abuse, many struggle to uphold their values and self worth. I aim to help you find your best self, self love, and strength to take charge in your future. I strive to help you on the journey to finding a healthy life.
(512) 399-1613 View (512) 399-1613
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.