Decreasing Codependency in Relationships
Codependency describes a behavioral pattern in relationships in which you continuously place the needs of your partner over your own and determine your feelings based on your partner’s moods. Those who have experienced childhood trauma, witnessed codependency in their family, or struggle with mental health issues can be susceptible to codependency. Codependency can lead to unhealthy relationships, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
Signs of Codependency
You may struggle with codependency if you identify with the below behaviors:
- Crave validation, approval, and acceptance from others.
- Lack boundaries.
- Determine your value based on how you care for others.
- Often apologize to avoid conflict.
- Struggle with communication.
- Dismiss or minimize your feelings and needs.
- Experience constant guilt, shame, and anxiety in your relationship.
- Determine your worth based on others’ opinions.
- Have an intense fear of abandonment.
- Endure and enable a partner’s toxic, abusive, or unhealthy behavior.
- Make extreme sacrifices for your partner.
- Have a poor self-image and self-identity.
- Are a people pleaser.
How Therapy Can Help
If you think you struggle with codependency or find yourself unable to leave an abusive relationship, you don’t need to struggle alone! I offer therapy for individuals struggling with codependency and recovering from narcissistic and emotional abuse. Through therapy you can:
Build self-worth – Learn to set boundaries – Develop interests outside of your relationship – Learn to communicate your needs – Develop healthy relationships – Decrease anxiety and depression.
Contact me today to get started with counseling, offered online in Georgia and Tennessee.
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