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Are You Struggling with Codependency?


Codependency is a cluster of behaviors that can lead to issues with relationships and mental health.  An individual doesn’t necessarily have to identify with all of these behaviors; as any of them can be difficult to manage without therapeutic support.

Examples of Codependent Behavior

  1. Excessive reliance on others, especially for emotional needs
  2. Relying on what other’s think to determine your own self-worth
  1. Taking on the responsibilities of other’s as their own
  2. Difficulty with boundary setting and separation
  3. Engaging in relationships that are “enmeshed” or “fused” (meaning the individual loses their identity)
  4. Investment in the ability to control oneself and others despite serious consequences
  5. Separation anxiety and/or depression; fear of abandonment
  6. Enabling negative or unhealthy behavior of others in an attempt to protect them
  7. Often feels a sense of hypervigilance (expressed as “waiting for the other shoe to drop”)

Codependency in Relationships

Codependency can show up in your romantic relationships and/or family relationships. Individuals who struggle with codependency often have a partner or family member that suffer with mental illness or addiction.  This is because codependency is often an adaptive behavior for coping with a loved one who is unwell.  Sometimes these patterns of behavior can be passed on through generations without conscious awareness.

Say No to Negative Self-Judgment

When considering if you identify with this cluster of behaviors, it is important to avoid negative self-judgment.  The behaviors often stem from a loving desire to care for others, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  However, it can cause problems in the form of conflict and affect one’s ability to feel secure and confident.  We want to recognize these behaviors and increase our awareness to effectively address codependency.

Women's Integrative Counseling

Lauren Rodgers, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Lauren Rodgers Verified by Psychology Today

Lauren Rodgers

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I am eager to assist you in your path to self-discovery. I’ve received specialized training as a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) as well as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). 

I have a passion for helping women who struggle with anxiety and codependency find peace and self-love. I provide individual therapy for teens(14+), millennials, college students, and adults. Let’s discuss your goals during your free consultation.


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