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Starting Dependent personality disorder therapy

What is Dependent personality disorder therapy?

Dependent personality disorder therapy from our therapists in Lynchburg, VA 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 Lynchburg, VA 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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Cinderella is a familiar story to most, but what people do not usually know is that that story also illustrates a serious disorder. Dependent Personality Disorder is sometimes called “The Cinderella Complex” because she displays many of its major symptoms. Think about it. Cinderella complies with every exorbitant demand that her stepsisters give. She accepts her stepmother’s criticism wholesale. Instead of planning her own escape, Cinderella allows others to intervene on her behalf: her fairy Godmother and animal friends. Then, as she escapes from servanthood, she runs into the care of her prince charming. People who suffer from Dependent Personality Disorder experience many of the same symptoms.

The disorder or complex are marked by low self-esteem, a deep desire to please an authority figure, the need to be cared for, and challenges within mutual relationships. People who have it often experience exorbitant difficulties in their personal and professional lives, but these challenges are not inevitable. Several treatments have proven effective in helping people learn to live their own, unique lives. Skilled therapists often create personalized and holistic treatment plans that help people heal from the dependency and learn how to live independently.

“Every human has four endowments—self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom…
The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
—Stephen Covey

The counselors at Thriveworks Lynchburg have helped many clients who have Dependent Personality Disorder. Our professionals know what it takes to overcome dependency and help their clients live a unique, independent life.

The Development of Dependent Personality Disorder

Whenever Dependent Personality Disorder is diagnosed, it is important to be aware of how it develops. Certain cultural practices and/or child development stages can overlap with some of the symptoms of the disorder without an individual having it. For example, it is perfectly natural for a child or teen to rely upon a caregiver or consult them for many decisions. This is not dependence, unless a fully-grown adult is displaying such behavior. Similarly, certain cultures defer more to authority figures. This, in and of itself, is not dependence either. Because of these factors, Dependent Personality Disorder (301.6[F70.7]) is often not diagnosed until adulthood. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) gives the full criteria for making a diagnosis, but often, the disorder becomes clear as people move into adulthood or more accurately, they do not move into adulthood. Instead, many people with the disorder remain in the adolescent stage of development.

Signs and Symptoms of Dependency

Two untrue, negative thoughts often fuel the behaviors of Dependent Personality Disorder. These thoughts are the different sides of the same coin. First, dependency teaches people that they are incapable of supplying their own emotional, social, economic, physical, and spiritual needs. Second, dependency teaches people that others must supply those needs. Because people with the disorder look to others instead of their own, inner strength, they are often clingy and feel separation anxiety. It is often challenging for them to be in friendships that are reciprocal. Dependency turns people into their own worst critics who minimize their own strengths and emphasize their own weaknesses.

According to the DSM-5, the signs of Dependent Personality Disorder include:

  1. Behavior that is overly deferential.
  2. A core need for someone to care for them.
  3. Anxiety when separated from care givers.

At least five other symptoms will be present as well:

  • Fear of being alone.
  • Getting permission, advice, and reassurance from an authority figure before making everyday decisions, like clothes to buy or where to eat out.
  • Handing over responsibility of significant portions of one’s life to a caretaking (for example, parents who pay a grown child’s bills).
  • Hiding one’s thoughts, feelings, preferences, and perspectives in order to satisfy an authority figure and guarantee their support.
  • Complying with a caretaker’s every belief, wish, and thought.
  • Replacing one caretaking relationship with another if one ends.
  • Fear of abandonment.

It is easy to see how disruptive dependency can be within a person’s life. Professionally, people with the disorder often have difficulty procuring a job and advancing within a career because they lack initiative and self-confidence. Personally, people often have limited social circles. Further, the disorder raises their risk for other mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and other personality and adjustment disorders.

Scheduling Therapy at Thriveworks Lynchburg for Dependent Personality Disorder

It is possible for those who suffer from dependency to learn how to live their unique life and value their unique abilities. Dependent Personality is a severe disorder, but it is also a disorder that has treatments. Many people learn to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. Various therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy have proven effective, as have medications in certain cases. Skilled therapists can find a plan that works for each individual client.

“You are constantly invited to be what you are.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are ready to meet with a mental health professional about your dependency, Thriveworks Lynchburg is ready to meet with you. When you contact our office, know that a real person (not a voicemail) will answer and help you schedule an appointment. You may be meeting with your therapist the following day. We accept many different insurance plans, and we offer evening and weekend appointments. Fighting to live your own, unique life is worth it. Let’s fight together. Call Thriveworks Lynchburg today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Lynchburg therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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$1

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Natasha Feb 2024
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It was so difficult to find a therapist my daughter liked. So glad I made the initial call to Thriveworks. She was matched to a therapist that she finally talks to! She liked her so much that now my oldest daughter and I use her therapist as well. We love Lora!
Read more It was so difficult to find a therapist my daughter liked. So glad I made the initial call to Thriveworks. She was matched to a therapist that she finally talks to! She liked her so much that now my oldest daughter and I use her therapist as well. We love Lora!
Shannon Feb 2024
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It been comforting talking to someone who understands what you are going through.
Holly Jan 2024
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Lynn Lemmon is a wonderful therapist! I feel so comfortable with her!
Amy Dec 2023
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Kim is the absolute best counselor! She is very kind and caring and adapts to whatever works best for you personally. She does not use the typical counselor answers or “by the book” responses. She talks to you like you are a real person. She always make me feel like the things that I am going through are important and the feelings are valid. She provides a completely judgement free zone to talk about anything that is needed. She understands that things take time and she does not force you to talk about anything. She allows you to process in your own time. She has a way of working with me that allows me to fully trust her. Kim has a heart of Gold! You can tell throughout your sessions with her that this is more than just a job for her. You feel legitimately cared for by her. You can tell that she genuinely wants to help you to move through the things that are holding you back in life. She’s very encouraging and reassuring. Her genuine compassion and encouragement helps me feel like I am actually important and deserving of growth. I would highly recommend Kim as your counselor if you are looking for someone who will make you feel valued and heard and not like you are just another name on their client list! She has definitely made a huge impact on my life!
Read more Kim is the absolute best counselor! She is very kind and caring and adapts to whatever works best for you personally. She does not use the typical counselor answers or “by the book” responses. She talks to you like you are a real person. She always make me feel like the things that I am going through are important and the feelings are valid. She provides a completely judgement free zone to talk about anything that is needed. She understands that things take time and she does not force you to talk about anything. She allows you to process in your own time. She has a way of working with me that allows me to fully trust her. Kim has a heart of Gold! You can tell throughout your sessions with her that this is more than just a job for her. You feel legitimately cared for by her. You can tell that she genuinely wants to help you to move through the things that are holding you back in life. She’s very encouraging and reassuring. Her genuine compassion and encouragement helps me feel like I am actually important and deserving of growth. I would highly recommend Kim as your counselor if you are looking for someone who will make you feel valued and heard and not like you are just another name on their client list! She has definitely made a huge impact on my life!
Lynchburg Jul 2022
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Working with Dr. Tiffany Stephens has been so helpful! She is very approachable, easy to talk to, and genuinely cares about concerns and circumstances. She can help think through problems and works toward a better outlook and teaching real skills that help toward calmness and strength in the midst of complicated issues. She helps teach courage to be vulnerable in the moment, so I can learn patterns and work at replacing them with more healthy ones— her style of preparing clients to approach things differently makes all the difference when difficulty arises. I feel safe and confident (but not tight and overly-clinical) when talking with her. I absolutely recommend working with her if you are working toward a better you!
Read more Working with Dr. Tiffany Stephens has been so helpful! She is very approachable, easy to talk to, and genuinely cares about concerns and circumstances. She can help think through problems and works toward a better outlook and teaching real skills that help toward calmness and strength in the midst of complicated issues. She helps teach courage to be vulnerable in the moment, so I can learn patterns and work at replacing them with more healthy ones— her style of preparing clients to approach things differently makes all the difference when difficulty arises. I feel safe and confident (but not tight and overly-clinical) when talking with her. I absolutely recommend working with her if you are working toward a better you!
Lynchburg Dec 2021
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Dr. Tiffany Stephens is an amazing therapist. She is engaging as well as empathetic. I highly recommend Tiffany for anyone looking for a highly skilled and compassionate therapist.
Read more Dr. Tiffany Stephens is an amazing therapist. She is engaging as well as empathetic. I highly recommend Tiffany for anyone looking for a highly skilled and compassionate therapist.
Lynchburg Sep 2021
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Bryan Hunsley has been a great help in providing counseling to myself and my husband! He begins our ZOOM sessions on time. Bryan is great at his job in that he is easy to talk to and nonjudgmental. His feedback is even tempered (appropriate, positive and welcoming), plus clear and easy to understand. My husband and I feel that Bryan provides sensitive care and treats us both with ultimate respect! He is flexible in that he can easily switch gears according to the urgency of our needs for any particular session and is quick to offer any needed support between sessions. He provides a professional high quality of care that is also relaxing and informative. I am more than satisfied with his services being provided and find myself looking forward to the next session! Bryan has and continues to strengthen our marital wellness with his superb counseling expertise!
Read more Bryan Hunsley has been a great help in providing counseling to myself and my husband! He begins our ZOOM sessions on time. Bryan is great at his job in that he is easy to talk to and nonjudgmental. His feedback is even tempered (appropriate, positive and welcoming), plus clear and easy to understand. My husband and I feel that Bryan provides sensitive care and treats us both with ultimate respect! He is flexible in that he can easily switch gears according to the urgency of our needs for any particular session and is quick to offer any needed support between sessions. He provides a professional high quality of care that is also relaxing and informative. I am more than satisfied with his services being provided and find myself looking forward to the next session! Bryan has and continues to strengthen our marital wellness with his superb counseling expertise!
Lynchburg Sep 2021
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Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Lynchburg is located on Jefferson St. in the heart of the downtown area. The James River runs directly behind our building, which we share with Zola’s Beauty Studio and Stimulus Adverstising and Web Design.

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(434) 771-0495

Languages spoken by VA providers

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