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Starting Codependency therapy

What is codependency therapy?

Codependency therapy with our Thriveworks Reston 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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Therapy and Counseling for Codependency—Prioritizing Your Well-Being in Reston, VA

Helping or fixing another person becomes a way for codependent people to prove they belong, are loved, and are capable. Feelings of shame, passivity, and insecurity often overwhelm codependent people, but nothing they do for others could ever compensate for these difficult feelings.

In fact, codependent people often find that their relationships are filled with resentment—both in themselves and in their loved ones.

Distinguishing between codependent behaviors and truly helpful behaviors can be tricky, but it is important. The following are red-flags for codependent behavior patterns:

  • Difficulty setting boundaries: Codependent people have a hard time saying, “no” or “enough.” They rarely set limits with their loved ones, often draining their own mental, physical, and financial health to meet other people’s needs and wants.
  • Minimization: While they focus upon other people’s problems, codependent people often face their own, serious challenges. They may use other people to minimize, deny, or distract themselves from their own situation.
  • Dependency: Rejection or abandonment is a base fear for many people with codependent tendencies. They may tell themselves that if their loved ones need them, they will not leave them—they are dependent upon others for their safety. However, this usually leads to resentment instead of safety.
  • Poor communication skills: Because they do not want to upset their loved ones, codependents may never communicate their own needs, feelings, and thoughts. Over time, they may even have difficulty admitting to themselves what their real needs are.
  • Tendencies to people-please: Codependent people feel accountable for other people’s feelings. When someone is upset, angry, or disappointed, they may feel at fault. They often work hard to make other people feel happy.
  • Low self-esteem: Codependent individuals often feel deep-seated shame, and their actions are often driven by a desire to prove that they are loved and competent.
  • Caretaking: What codependent people do for others is often intertwined with their identity. Foreseeing other people’s needs and meeting them may be a source of pride for codependents.

Codependency Counseling

Do you recognize some of the listed behaviors and attitudes in your own life? If you are ready to make some changes to overcome codependency, then counseling may help you…

  1. Recognize your inherent self-worth: Healing can come through accepting oneself—both the good and the bad—and living from that sense inherent self-worth.
  2. Prioritize your own physical, emotional, and financial needs: Valuing your own needs is an important part of healing.
  3. Cultivate new behavior patterns: Maybe you need to disappoint someone, communicate your true feelings, or say, “no.”
  4. Take responsibility for your emotions (and only your emotions): As you let go of keeping others happy, you may be able to focus your attention and energy on your own emotional health.

Counseling is not a magic formula or a silver bullet that cures relational problems, but skilled and caring therapists have helped many people learn healthier relational patterns. Thriveworks Reston knows, and we have seen our codependent clients learn how to establish boundaries, communicate their needs, and work through their own problems.

We are ready to help if you are ready to work toward healthier relationships. When you call our office to make an appointment, you may see your therapist within 24 hours. We offer evening and weekend appointments, and we work with many insurance providers.

If you are ready to get started, call today. We are ready too.

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 Reston therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Michael was super in working with my wife, me and sometimes our son. He is a good listener, offers suggestions but in the end, we had to make our own decisions. It was good to bounce ideas off him and his manner makes one feel comforted after discussing issues with him. He also responded to my emails and emergency phone calls.
Read more Michael was super in working with my wife, me and sometimes our son. He is a good listener, offers suggestions but in the end, we had to make our own decisions. It was good to bounce ideas off him and his manner makes one feel comforted after discussing issues with him. He also responded to my emails and emergency phone calls.
Reston Mar 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Reston is located on Roger Bacon Dr., which is right off of Wiehle Ave. We share an office building with SCS Engineers, FVCBank, and Parabon Computation, to name a few. We’re also right by Fairfax fields and parks.

Phone number

(703) 782-3073

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