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Stress, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Sleep / Insomnia, +4 more

As an advocate for mental well-being, I understand the importance of patient-centered treatment.

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LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +10 more

My primary goal is to serve my patients by providing care that is collaborative, comprehensive, and respectful, giving all patients the voice that the... My primary goal is to serve my patients by providing care that is collaborative, comprehensive, and respectful, giving all patients the voice that they deserve. Read more

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +18 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +9 more

As a provider who has close associates with psychiatric issues, I understand what it takes to give care to individuals who present with diverse mental... As a provider who has close associates with psychiatric issues, I understand what it takes to give care to individuals who present with diverse mental health issues. Read more

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +17 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Stress, ADHD, Addiction, +8 more

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +18 more
Bipolar Disorder, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Sleep / Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, +1 more

I understand the obstacles in the way of seeking mental health assistance for minorities and those who have strong religious backgrounds.

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +4 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, +1 more

As an African American woman, I understand how mental health and family secrets can be subjects to never speak about—only prayed about and ignored.

Starting Dependent personality disorder therapy

What is Dependent personality disorder therapy?

Dependent personality disorder therapy from our therapists in Sandy Springs, GA helps clients establish their individuality and self-reliance, as those with dependent personality disorder harshly criticize themselves and underestimate their abilities.

How does Dependent personality disorder therapy work?

Dependent personality disorder therapy often involves exploration into one's past — specifically, events or relationships that may have led to the development of their dependent personality disorder. These experiences and their subsequent behaviors are discussed to help one develop healthier behaviors moving forward.

Is Dependent personality disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Dependent personality disorder therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Dependent personality disorder therapy last?

Dependent personality disorder with a provider at Thriveworks in Sandy Springs, GA is a short-term therapy, as long-form treatment can lead to the development of a dependence on one's therapist.

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After his father’s arrest, Buster Bluth stepped up and took over the family business. His older brothers had quit in frustration, so the responsibility fell to the youngest Bluth brother. His first day on the job was Buster’s first day on any job. His first meeting with employees was Buster’s first business meeting of any kind. In his more than thirty years of life, Buster had barely been prepared for anything, much less for leading a real-estate development business. He lives at home with his mother. She provides for his every need, and Buster, in turn, zips up her dresses. As employees asked him questions about their future, Buster responded by crawling under the conference room table. Under his breath, he reflected, “you guys are so smart.” Buster Bluth provides some of the biggest laughs in the show Arrested Development, but his character is also a caricature of what it looks like to have Dependent Personality Disorder.

In a funny but extreme way, Buster demonstrates the major symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder. In real life, the disorder is not a laughing matter. People with the disorder are often eager to please their caregivers and rely upon those caregivers to provide for their emotional and physical well-being. People with the disorder often have low self-esteem and feel incapable of fulfilling their own needs. Because of the disorder, people often have severely limited social circles—often just family members. Without question, Dependent Personality Disorder makes life harder in many ways. What is also without question is that the disorder can often be managed with treatment.

If you feel dependent upon another person for your well-being, know that help is available. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Atlanta in Sandy Springs have helped many clients learn how to live a self-reliant, independent life, and we treat Dependent Personality Disorder.

An Unhealthy Dependency

All people rely upon others to some degree or another, but Dependent Personality Disorder is very different than allowing others to help you. The difference is illustrated in two beliefs that Dependent Personality Disorder teaches people: that they are helpless to provide for themselves and that others must then provide for them. These two disordered beliefs fuel a number of disordered behaviors.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) gives the full range of symptoms for someone who has Dependent Personality Disorder (301.6[F70.7]). The primary diagnostics are:

  • Submissive behavior.
  • A need to be cared for.
  • Fear of separation.
  • At least five of the following will also be present with Dependent Personality Disorder:
  • While making big and small decisions, seeking advice and reassurance and assistance from someone in a caretaking or authority position.
  • Feeling uncomfortable at the thought of one’s unique individuality and separateness from other people.
  • Experiencing an acute fear of having to support oneself.
  • Relinquishing responsibility and oversite of substantial portions of one’s life (e.g., having a parent pay one’s rent).
  • Doing extreme things to guarantee someone’s support and nurture—even hiding one’s true thoughts, feelings, opinions, et cetera.
  • Feeling an acute fear of abandonment—especially by a caregiver.
  • Complying with what other people, especially authority figures, think, believe, and feel.
  • Feeling an acute fear of being by oneself.
  • When one caretaking relationship ends, quickly hopping to another caretaking relationship.

These symptoms paint a clear picture of the ways that Dependent Personality Disorder can hinder people’s ability to function well in life. In their personal lives, people with the disorder are at increased risk of other mental health problems, including other adjustment, personality, depressive, and anxiety disorders. They often have difficulty with mutual friendships and limited social circles. Professionally, people with the disorder may have difficulty finding or maintaining a job. They often lack initiative and confidence, two assets in a workplace.

Learning to Be Independent

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
—Michel de Montaigne

The roadblocks that Dependent Personality Disorder throw into an individual’s life are not inevitable. With treatment, many people learn to live their own independent, unique life. For therapy to be effective, one important pitfall must be avoided: the counselor cannot become another dependent relationship. Instead, treatment must focus upon healing the wounds of dependency and building the skills of independence. Here are a few tools that therapists can use to formulate a treatment plan…

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: focuses upon the false beliefs that fuel Dependent Personality Disorder, such as “I am incapable.” It seeks to help clients see these distortions for what they are so that they can then embrace positive, true beliefs, for example, “I may need help from time to time, but I can provide for myself.”
  • Medication: a form of antidepressant may help people experience a short-term relief from their symptoms so that they can then focus upon long-term healing. For people who also have a depressive or anxiety disorder, medication may be particularly beneficial.
  • Psychodynamic therapy: focuses upon the wounds of dependency, in particular how and why it developed. Its focus is deep healing. Psychodynamic therapy is a long-term commitment, but often, people find long-term healing.

Setting Up an Appointment at Thriveworks Atlanta in Sandy Springs

If you are ready to schedule an appointment, the professionals at Thriveworks Atlanta in Sandy Springs are ready to meet with you. When you contact our office, your first appointment may be the following day. We offer evening and weekend sessions, and we accept many different forms of insurance. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Sandy Springs therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Sandy Springs
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

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

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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My therapist, Ashley, is amazing and very genuine. She makes me feel like I can be open and more comfortable with expressing myself. She really feels passionate about helping me. The process to start therapy is quick and easy with a lot of available times and therapists to choose from.
Read more My therapist, Ashley, is amazing and very genuine. She makes me feel like I can be open and more comfortable with expressing myself. She really feels passionate about helping me. The process to start therapy is quick and easy with a lot of available times and therapists to choose from.
Atlanta Jun 2021
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My therapist Claudia is wonderful! I’m incredibly grateful for the tools that I have learned to use in my life.
Read more My therapist Claudia is wonderful! I’m incredibly grateful for the tools that I have learned to use in my life.
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Aria is an exceptional therapist! I have seen first hand how much she cares about her clients and helps them through difficult times in their lives. Aria provides each of her clients with a safe space to express themselves and is always willing to go the extra mile. Not only is Aria an exceptional therapist she is also an amazing person.
Read more Aria is an exceptional therapist! I have seen first hand how much she cares about her clients and helps them through difficult times in their lives. Aria provides each of her clients with a safe space to express themselves and is always willing to go the extra mile. Not only is Aria an exceptional therapist she is also an amazing person.
Atlanta Sep 2020
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Ingrid is an exceptional social worker. She is understanding, compassionate, flexible and an excellent listener.
Read more Ingrid is an exceptional social worker. She is understanding, compassionate, flexible and an excellent listener.
Atlanta Jun 2020
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I am leaving this review on the behalf of Latoya Skinner. She is a very exceptional therapist with a heart of gold and deep compassion. I have had the pleasure of working with her as a co-worker and she has been very instrumental in providing feedback, Consulting with me on cases and having deep insight into working with me on some of the hardest cases and complicated clients. Latoya is one that will give her all and will go above and beyond to assist anyone. I highly recommend Latoya's to be a part of your team. She would be be a tremendous asset.
Read more I am leaving this review on the behalf of Latoya Skinner. She is a very exceptional therapist with a heart of gold and deep compassion. I have had the pleasure of working with her as a co-worker and she has been very instrumental in providing feedback, Consulting with me on cases and having deep insight into working with me on some of the hardest cases and complicated clients. Latoya is one that will give her all and will go above and beyond to assist anyone. I highly recommend Latoya's to be a part of your team. She would be be a tremendous asset.
Atlanta Mar 2020
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I have personally known Nichola Daley for over 15 years and can honestly say that she is one of the most genuine, intelligent, and compassionate people i have met. As a current behavioral health program director and employee of over 10 years, i can honestly say that Nichola develops a great rapport with every individual she encounters and performs well in problem solving and attending to their needs. Optimism and transparency are a few of her strong holds in which is why I strongly recommend her as a great therapist to consult.
Read more I have personally known Nichola Daley for over 15 years and can honestly say that she is one of the most genuine, intelligent, and compassionate people i have met. As a current behavioral health program director and employee of over 10 years, i can honestly say that Nichola develops a great rapport with every individual she encounters and performs well in problem solving and attending to their needs. Optimism and transparency are a few of her strong holds in which is why I strongly recommend her as a great therapist to consult.
Atlanta Feb 2020
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Thriveworks Counseling Atlanta is located at 8800 Roswell Road a135, A-245, Atlanta, GA 30350, across from the North River Village Shopping Center.

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(404) 737-2670

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