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As an agent of change, I use a sincere yet empowering approach to help people heal and embark on the journey of self-discovery implementing multicultu... As an agent of change, I use a sincere yet empowering approach to help people heal and embark on the journey of self-discovery implementing multicultural competence and evidence-based techniques. Read more

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I am very compassionate and genuine and I believe it is my job to empower people and help individuals to thrive in their current environment.

Starting Codependency therapy

What is Codependency therapy?

Codependency therapy from our Thriveworks Alpharetta therapists helps people reduce and overcome codependent habits, which involve sacrificing one's own needs to meet the needs of others (usually those closest to them). It helps to improve one's well-being as well as the health of their relationships.

How does Codependency therapy work?

Codependency therapy works by helping the individual recognize, understand, and accept codependent patterns — including why and how they might've developed. In addition, it focuses on helping the individual to kick these tendencies and build more balanced relationships that allow them to support others without neglecting their own needs.

Is Codependency therapy conducted in person or online?

Codependency therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Codependency therapy last?

Codependent counseling can last for a few weeks, months, or longer. It depends on the exact needs of the client as well as the severity of their codependent challenges and other needs or preferences.

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Clichés may hang around for decades, if not centuries, because they are often beneficial pieces of advice. Hundreds of years after Shakespeare asked, “can one desire too much of a good thing?” people still say, “too much of a good thing.” Intuitively, people know this to be true. One doughnut may be delicious, but eating a dozen is too much. The same is true for helping loved ones: some help is good, but too much often causes trouble. In this case, the behavior even has a name: codependency. Consider Valerie’s story.

Valerie loves being a parent. It does not matter how old her daughter is, she will always be Valerie’s little girl. Now, her daughter is in her young twenties, and finishing up her education. At least, her daughter would be finishing up her education if she had not changed majors three times. Valerie is trying to be patient, but she pays her daughter’s rent and tuition. If her daughter only stuck with her original major, the one Valerie suggested, then she would be finished with her education and working a fulltime job by now. But Valerie tells herself that seeing her daughter happy is worth all the effort. Besides, Valerie never had these educational opportunities, and she is happy to provide.

There is no question, Valerie loves her daughter, but could her actions be contributing or possibly creating her daughter’s difficulties? Yes. Valerie may be intending to help, but she may actually be harming herself and her daughter. Valerie may be codependent.

If you can relate to Valerie or if you have found yourself compensating for a loved one, know that you are not alone. Many people struggle with how to help without causing harm, and Thriveworks Alpharetta has guided many codependent people away from unhealthy and enabling behaviors and toward healthy relationships.

Identifying Codependent Behaviors

Codependent people often pick relationships with people who struggle with an addiction or have a history of irresponsible behavior. Codependents then center their lives around their loved one who needs significant help. In the process, they may sacrifice their own physical, emotional, and financial health to try and fix their loved one.

Codependent relationships can develop between friends, spouses, coworkers, and more. When codependent people have children, they may raise their children to need them instead of allowing them to become independent adults.

At first glance, codependent people appear to be selfless and kind, but on closer inspection, their behavior is often motivated by a deep-seated need to prove their own worth and competency. Instead of acknowledging and working on their own challenges, they distract themselves by rescuing other people.

Codependency often results in deeply hurtful behavior, but knowing the difference between healthy connection and codependent behavior is a challenge. The following are identifying characteristics of codependent behavior:

  • People-pleasing tendencies: Codependent people often want to make sure their loved ones are happy. When anyone is upset, disappointed, or angry, codependents may feel responsible or anxious.
  • Low self-esteem: Inadequacy, shame, and guilt are overwhelming feelings for the codependent person and often motivate their actions. They may tell themselves that they will be loved, belong, and be competent through what they do for others.
  • Poor communication skills: Afraid that their thoughts, needs, or feelings may upset their loved ones, codependent often struggle to communicate. They may even have trouble admitting their true thoughts, needs, and feelings to themselves, much less others.
  • No/few boundaries: Codependent people often struggle to set limits or say, “no.” They may even risk their well-being to fulfill an inappropriate request.
  • Caretaking: Without ever being asked, codependents may anticipate what their loved ones need and fulfill it. In many ways, caretaking becomes a codependent person’s identity. Refusing their help is often taken personally.
  • Dependency: Rejection and abandonment are often a codependent’s most basic fears. They soothe this fear by forming dependent relationships, telling themselves, “if my loved one needs me, they will not leave me.” Unfortunately, dependency does not cure the codependent’s fears.
  • Minimization: People who struggle with codependency often face serious personal challenges, but they often minimize their own struggles, distracting themselves by fixing others. They have a hard time seeing the harm this causes to themselves and to others.

Freedom from Codependency

If you recognize some of these codependent behaviors and attitudes in your own life, know that there are better ways to feel loved, worthy, and competent than focusing upon other people. Usually, the first step toward freedom and away from codependency is focusing upon your own needs, feelings, and thoughts. It is okay to seek help for yourself, and you are not alone. Thriveworks Alpharetta is ready to be a support and a guide toward a healthier you.

If you call our office to schedule therapy for codependency, know that you may be seeing your therapist the following day. We also offer evening and weekend appointments, and our clients will never be put on a waitlist. We also work with many different insurance companies and accept many different plans.

Is it time to leave codependency in the past? Call Thriveworks Alpharetta today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Alpharetta therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Alpharetta
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Mark has been a fabulous help to me. He listens well and remembers our previous conversations. He understands my concerns and offers insightful feedback. I would highly recommend him and your company to anyone who needs assistance. He is a great resource and a great representative for the business.
Read more Mark has been a fabulous help to me. He listens well and remembers our previous conversations. He understands my concerns and offers insightful feedback. I would highly recommend him and your company to anyone who needs assistance. He is a great resource and a great representative for the business.
Dale Jan 2024
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Excellent therapist! Mark, is an expert in his field! The only therapist I will ever use! Definitely recommend Mark to anyone in search of a quality therapist!
Read more Excellent therapist! Mark, is an expert in his field! The only therapist I will ever use! Definitely recommend Mark to anyone in search of a quality therapist!
Alpharetta Mar 2022
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Jesslynn Palmer is a great therapist, with helpful techniques to get me through the stressful days and constantly helping me to do better than the day before. Highly recommended.
Read more Jesslynn Palmer is a great therapist, with helpful techniques to get me through the stressful days and constantly helping me to do better than the day before. Highly recommended.
Alpharetta Jun 2021
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Jennifer was absolutely wonderful. Very helpful at a time I was very much in need!
Alpharetta Oct 2020
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Terry Walton is a great listener. Terry is compassionate, empathetic and easy to talk to. I’m looking forward to future appointments.
Read more Terry Walton is a great listener. Terry is compassionate, empathetic and easy to talk to. I’m looking forward to future appointments.
Alpharetta Sep 2020
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Terry Walton is an exceptional counselor. Terry listens effectively and provides guidance to help resolve difficulties and important issues. If you are looking for a counselor that will truly establish a good relationship and allow you to be completely honest about your thoughts and feelings, he is the one. I am looking forward to my next session with Terry.
Read more Terry Walton is an exceptional counselor. Terry listens effectively and provides guidance to help resolve difficulties and important issues. If you are looking for a counselor that will truly establish a good relationship and allow you to be completely honest about your thoughts and feelings, he is the one. I am looking forward to my next session with Terry.
Alpharetta Sep 2020
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Amber Gilbert is a phenomenal counselor. If you’re looking for a counselors who listens, validates, and asks the difficult questions to help foster self-reflection and self-awareness; she’s the one.
Read more Amber Gilbert is a phenomenal counselor. If you’re looking for a counselors who listens, validates, and asks the difficult questions to help foster self-reflection and self-awareness; she’s the one.
Alpharetta Jul 2020
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My first session was amazing with my counselor. I can’t wait until my next appointment!!
Alpharetta Nov 2018
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alpharetta is located on Powers Pl just off N Main St, a few minutes northeast of Wills Park. We share a building with Dream Seeker Elizabeth, and our neighbors include CITGO Food & Wine, Monkey 68 Kitchen & Bar, and From Hair On Salon. The closest bus stop to our building is N Main St & Mayfield Rd. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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(770) 676-3078

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