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Three Ways Therapy Can Help Codependency

Codependency is occurs when your life revolves around someone else. Although codependency is not a legitimate medical diagnosis it's often associated with other mental health issues.

Most relationships are not always balanced in how much each person gives and takes, but if you notice the traits below reoccurring it may be an indicator that codependency is present in the relationship.

Codependency Indicators

  1. You sacrificing your thoughts, desires, and beliefs to agree with others

  2. Your sense of self worth is measured by your service to others

  3. You put others' needs before your own

  4. You hide your true feelings if they would upset others

  5. You do all the work in the relationship

  6. You feel people need your help with their problems

  7. You have a hard time letting go and relaxing

Psychotherapy Support for Codependency

There are a few ways to break out of codependency by setting boundaries, allowing others to solve their own problems, and prioritizing time to take care of yourself. Reaching out to a professional therapist can give tremendous support and help break codependent patterns. The right psychotherapist would be able to do the following:

  • Process the aftermath of abuse and previous emotional trauma

  • Recognize and utilize coping mechanisms and self-care methods

  • Identify healthy relationship dynamics

  • Deal with any associated depression or anxiety

When codependent traits alter your daily life, health, or other relationships, reach out to a therapist for support before the problem is exasperated.


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