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Starting Codependency therapy

What is Codependency therapy?

Codependency therapy from our Thriveworks Bethlehem 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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Good friends and family members help each other out. Everybody needs a hand once in a while, and no one is an island. Without a doubt, giving and receiving are a normal part of healthy relationships. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Yes. When people help time and time again, they may be doing more harm than good. They may be codependent.

Consider Stacy’s situation. Helping is what she does best. Stacy has, what she considers to be a special sixth-sense: she can foresee what her family members and friends need, then she takes care of it, sometimes before they even know about it. Take her husband, Bob. Stacy would do anything for Bob. She knows that everybody has problems, but theirs are manageable. Bob is a spender. He has a new truck, jet skis, a projector so he does not miss a single big game. Stacy and Bob are in debt tens of thousands of dollars, but everything is fine, Stacy tells herself. She drives an older car and has picked up extra hours at work to make their monthly payments. Stacy does not even like watching sports or water activities. She feels a little resentment here and there, but Stacy tells herself, “it’s all worth it to see Bob so happy.”

Stacy, without questions, feels deep affection for Bob, but her actions are not benefitting herself or Bob. In fact, Stacy may be hurting, and she may be codependent.

When people sacrifice their own well-being to help, or when their help shields a loved one from natural consequences, they may not actually be helping. Their actions may be enabling another person’s irresponsible behavior.

The therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks Bethlehem know that it is hard to help without enabling, and many people have crossed from healthy support into unhealthy codependency. We provide counseling for codependency because we want to see our clients in relationships where their well-being is prioritized.

Codependent Behavior

People who struggle with codependency usually seek out relationships with others who have a history of careless behavior or addiction or vulnerability. Codependent people then compensate for their loved one in some way that makes them feel valued or needed. Codependents usually prioritize another’s care over their own, and they respond with resentment when their sacrifice is not acknowledged.

Codependent people usually experience deep and acute insecurity, shame, and passivity that fuels their behavior. They may convince themselves that fixing other people will lead to love, acceptance, and competency. The problem is that it never works. Relationships are not proving grounds for one’s self-worth. Trying to fix another person does not result in personal healing.

Instead, codependents often find themselves in cycles where their loved one depends upon them more and more. In return, they compensate more and more. In the process, codependent people grow resentful, instead of feeling loved and fulfilled.

At first glance, many codependent behaviors appear generous and kind, but on closer look, they are unhealthy. Here are a few signs of codependent behavior:

  • Communication challenges: Codependent people often have difficulty talking about their own needs, thoughts, and feelings—especially if these may upset their loved one.
  • Low self-esteem: Feelings of shame, inadequacy, and incompetency are often deep-seated within codependent people and fuel their need to prove themselves through how helpful they are.
  • Dependency: The famous song lyrics perfectly illustrate codependency’s top relational value, “want you to want me. I need you to need me.” Codependent people often confuse feeling needed with feeling loved.
  • People-pleasing tendencies: Codependent people feel responsible for other people’s feelings. They usually want to ensure that their loved ones are happy and never experience emotions such as anger, frustration, or boredom.
  • Caretaking: Individuals with codependency usually fuse their identity with being a caretaker. They may see their loved one’s needs coming and act before their loved one even knows about the problem. When someone refuses their help, codependents often take it as a personal rejection.
  • No/weak boundaries: Saying, “yes,” when your heart says, “no,” is the recipe for stress, and codependent people have a hard time saying, “no.” Even when their own financial, emotional, or physical health is in jeopardy, they have a hard time declining a request.
  • Denial: Codependent people often have serious relational and mental health problems, but they distract themselves by focusing on others. Instead of working on their own problems, they deny and minimize areas in their own lives where they need healing or improvement.

Therapy for Codependency

Do some of these codependent behaviors sound familiar to you? If so, know that people can change. Thriveworks Bethlehem offers therapy for codependency because we love seeing our clients learn to relate in healthier ways.

When you schedule therapy at Thriveworks Bethlehem, you may see your new counselor the following day. We do not have a waitlist—so you will never be put on one, and we offer weekend and evening appointments. We also work with many different insurance companies.

If you are ready to make changes within your relationships, we are ready to help. Call Thriveworks Bethlehem today for a codependency appointment.

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 Bethlehem therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Bethlehem
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

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$1

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Hear from our clients

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So far I have had good experiences with the clinicians and the management.
Susan Feb 2024
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My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Read more My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Susan Feb 2024
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Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Read more Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Bethlehem Oct 2021
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Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Read more Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Bethlehem Feb 2020
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I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Read more I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Bethlehem Jul 2019
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Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Read more Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Read more I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Read more Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethlehem is located off of Linden St, just north of Bethlehem Memorial Park. We currently share a building with Our Serenity Therapeutic Massage, and our office is neighbored by Purevon. The closest bus stop is Easton at Jennings, and parking is available in our parking lot at the front of the building. If you have trouble finding our office, please reach out to us! We'll be happy to provide specific instructions.

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Languages spoken by PA providers

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