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Our therapists offer dependent personality disorder therapy in Austin, TX

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Discover how starting therapy with a dependent personality disorder can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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I am dedicated to providing a warm and welcoming space where clients can freely express themselves without fear of criticism, knowing that I am here t... I am dedicated to providing a warm and welcoming space where clients can freely express themselves without fear of criticism, knowing that I am here to listen and support them unconditionally. Read more

Starting Dependent personality disorder therapy

What is dependent personality disorder therapy?

Dependent personality disorder therapy from our therapists in Austin, TX 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 Austin, TX 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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Buster Bluth walked into a meeting at his father’s business. He was trying his hand at real estate development. A few days earlier, Buster’s father had been arrested and his older brothers quit the business in frustration. Even though Buster had never worked in his 30 years of life, he stepped up. Unfortunately, Buster could not even take care of himself, much less his employees. As concerned workers asked relevant questions, Buster hid under the conference table, whispering, “you guys are so smart.” Buster Bluth may provide more laughs than any other character on Arrested Development, but he also provides a caricature of what it looks like to have Dependent Personality Disorder, a severe mental illness that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for people to live their own, unique, self-reliant lives.

Buster is an extreme example of the disorder, but the core symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder are handicapping his life. For example, when people have the disorder, they are often overly docile and live to please an authority figure. Because of the disorder, they rarely have accurate self-awareness, but instead, they over-emphasize their weaknesses and under-value their strengths. Low self-esteem means they looks to others for their own financial, psychological, material, and emotional needs. Dependent Personality Disorder can severely hinder a person’s life; however, the disorder has effective treatments.

“Man’s life is independent.
He is born not for the development of the society alone,
but for the development of his self.”
—B. R. Ambedkar

The therapists at Thriveworks Austin have worked with many dependent people who were battling for the development of self. People are supposed to be unique individuals with their own preferences, feelings, thoughts, and responsibilities. When Dependent Personality Disorder steals their independence, it is worth fighting back and fighting for independence.

Dependent Personality Disorder’s Signs

One of the biggest indicators of Dependent Personality Disorder is an individual’s thinking pattern. For example, two particularly harmful thoughts are almost always present. They are two sides of the same coin. The disorder often teaches people that they cannot provide for themselves, and thus, they must have other people take care of them. When people believe these things about themselves and about others, they are often filled with anxiety and can become clingy in their relationships. The disorder can show in in a variety of ways in an individual’s life. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) give three signs of Dependent Personality Disorder (301.6[F70.7]) that will be present:

  1. A need to be cared for.
  2. Submissive behavior.
  3. Fear of separation.

In addition, five of these signs will also be present:

  • Seeking out reassurance and advice for almost every decision (e.g., which pair of jeans to buy, where to eat for lunch, and more).
  • Difficulty establishing and maintaining reciprocal relationships (i.e., relationships tend to escalate into caretaking).
  • Giving over responsibility of all or significant parts of one’s life (e.g., having a parent pay the bills).
  • Experiencing an acute fear of being alone or abandonment by an authority figure (especially if it means having to care for oneself).
  • Going to extremes to please a caregiver and ensure their continued nurture and support (e.g., how Buster Bluth will even zip up his mother’s dresses when called).
  • Downplaying one’s true opinions, thoughts, feelings, and perspectives in order to please an authority figure (i.e., giving up one’s identity in exchange for care).
  • Quickly replacing any caretaking relationship that ends.
  • Feeling discomfort at the idea of one’s individuality and independence.

Even a glance at these symptoms shows the devastation they can cause in a person’s life. Dependent Personality Disorder can hold people back in their personal and professional life. People often have difficulty finding and maintaining a job, much less advancing in a career. They often lack initiative and are insecure in the workplace. They are also at greater risk for other mental health disorders, including a host of anxiety and depression disorders.

Healing from Dependency and Learning Independence

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

Belonging to oneself is the goal of treatment for Dependent Personality Disorder. Everyone deserves to be independent and free and self-reliant. The goal is the same, but the path for each client will be different. There are many options for treatment, and a skilled mental health professional can tailor a treatment plan that may include…

  • Psychodynamic therapy: A form of therapy that explores how the dependency came about, what psychological wounds it has caused, and how those wounds can be healed. This therapy focuses upon long-term healing, and it often requires time to be effective. However, psychodynamic therapy often provides holistic and thorough healing.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: A form of therapy that looks at the untrue and negative thoughts that fuel the disorder. When these thoughts are identified, they can often be replaced with true, positive thoughts.
  • Medication: For some, an antidepressant may bring a relief that allows them to build their coping skills and focus upon healing. Medication is often coupled with a form of therapy to be most effective in the long-term.

Scheduling Counseling at Thriveworks Austin for Dependent Personality Disorder

If you are ready to work with a mental health professional, know that Thriveworks Austin offers therapy for Dependent Personality Disorder. When you call our office, your first appointment may be the following day. We also accept many different insurance plan. Call 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 Austin therapists and counselors accept 41 insurance plans

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Christus Health Plan Exchange

  • Christus Health Plan Medicare Advantage

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Hear from our clients

3.7 Thriveworks Austin reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Amazing!!! I am beyond happy with the services provided by Dr. Nunez. She has been so amazing with my children and I am beyond grateful for her and ThriveWorks. I’d recommend her to anyone. She is incredibly talented and listens without judgement. If I could I’d give her a zillion stars for having the most positive, profound impact on our lives!
Read more Amazing!!! I am beyond happy with the services provided by Dr. Nunez. She has been so amazing with my children and I am beyond grateful for her and ThriveWorks. I’d recommend her to anyone. She is incredibly talented and listens without judgement. If I could I’d give her a zillion stars for having the most positive, profound impact on our lives!
West Lake Hills Sep 2018
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★★★★★
I needed someone who was strong, kind, listened and was action oriented who had the experience to deal with the trauma I was struck with when I experienced severe loss of a loved one in 2016. Linda was and is present, intelligent, professional, human, warm and kind and at every session she has offered me practical solutions to face my life and my day to day activities. I highly recommend her. She Is so good it is very hard to get an appointment with her but if you can get one keep it. She is fabulous and will heal your spirit and soul in a safe and loving place. I love her strength more than anything and her optimism that anyone can get to a better place and not be stuck in pain and hopelessness. She is healing my heart and I feel like I have found a person who truly cares. This is a very good place.
Read more I needed someone who was strong, kind, listened and was action oriented who had the experience to deal with the trauma I was struck with when I experienced severe loss of a loved one in 2016. Linda was and is present, intelligent, professional, human, warm and kind and at every session she has offered me practical solutions to face my life and my day to day activities. I highly recommend her. She Is so good it is very hard to get an appointment with her but if you can get one keep it. She is fabulous and will heal your spirit and soul in a safe and loving place. I love her strength more than anything and her optimism that anyone can get to a better place and not be stuck in pain and hopelessness. She is healing my heart and I feel like I have found a person who truly cares. This is a very good place.
West Lake Hills Sep 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I am gonna cry as I write this review... I have been working with Linda M. since I was married to my abusive ex husband and through my single time and my time meeting and marrying my current very wonderful husband. She has pushed me to be the very best person I can be and literally saved my life on several occasions. I'm moving to VA so I can't see Linda anymore and I'm telling you, this is my hardest goodbye. This woman is beyond amazing. She has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and work on everything: anxiety, borderline and PTSD to make me be a better person. You CANNOT go wrong with Linda. It's amazing how much one person and one session can change your life. I've tried therapy before, many times, with no luck until I got dragged to Thriveworks by someone close to me who wanted therapy to fix me! Well it didn't "fix me" it made me a totally new person. A happier, more confident person willing to take on the world. I even wanted Linda to come to my wedding, but knew she couldn't as she is very professional and this is against policy. But I would have had her there in a heart beat!
Read more I am gonna cry as I write this review... I have been working with Linda M. since I was married to my abusive ex husband and through my single time and my time meeting and marrying my current very wonderful husband. She has pushed me to be the very best person I can be and literally saved my life on several occasions. I'm moving to VA so I can't see Linda anymore and I'm telling you, this is my hardest goodbye. This woman is beyond amazing. She has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and work on everything: anxiety, borderline and PTSD to make me be a better person. You CANNOT go wrong with Linda. It's amazing how much one person and one session can change your life. I've tried therapy before, many times, with no luck until I got dragged to Thriveworks by someone close to me who wanted therapy to fix me! Well it didn't "fix me" it made me a totally new person. A happier, more confident person willing to take on the world. I even wanted Linda to come to my wedding, but knew she couldn't as she is very professional and this is against policy. But I would have had her there in a heart beat!
West Lake Hills Apr 2017
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★★★★★
The office is quiet and peaceful. It is hard to beat an appointment within 24 hours and no waiting once you get there.
Read more The office is quiet and peaceful. It is hard to beat an appointment within 24 hours and no waiting once you get there.
West Lake Hills Mar 2017
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☆☆☆☆
Sadly, I was in at vulnerable time and felt taken advantage of with Lisa. She was late for appointments and cut appointments short with no apology. I had been charged for full appointments. If the patient is late or misses, we are charged regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way with the therapists. I felt she was defended by Thriveworks for her actions. I can only hope that for the sake of the patients this will change.
Read more Sadly, I was in at vulnerable time and felt taken advantage of with Lisa. She was late for appointments and cut appointments short with no apology. I had been charged for full appointments. If the patient is late or misses, we are charged regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way with the therapists. I felt she was defended by Thriveworks for her actions. I can only hope that for the sake of the patients this will change.
West Lake Hills Jun 2015
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☆☆☆☆
My teenage daughter with diagnosed social anxiety and anxiety and depression was dropped because your counselor could not meet at times that worked for the patient. No other doctor was recommended. A nice note was written but now I’m empty handed with a serious situation. And you all dumped us.
Read more My teenage daughter with diagnosed social anxiety and anxiety and depression was dropped because your counselor could not meet at times that worked for the patient. No other doctor was recommended. A nice note was written but now I’m empty handed with a serious situation. And you all dumped us.
West Lake Hills Apr 2015
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Austin is located in the same building as Detect Lab, Oakin Adams & Kilmer LLP, Actum Processing, MaQro Advisors, Cobalt Group Inc., Tribe Design Group, Virtus Financial Group, and Ecolab. Across the street is Hill Country Animal Hospital. We are near the intersection of Bee Cave Rd and St Stephens School Rd S, which has a Texaco nearby, as well as Rob Roy Chevron and Half Off Fireworks.

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(512) 601-5098

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