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Starting Codependency therapy

What is Codependency therapy?

Codependency therapy from our Thriveworks Westminster 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.

Need more help deciding?

Sarah’s husband is a borderline alcoholic. Sarah not only takes care of the children, but also calls into work for her husband if he’s unable to get out of bed in the morning. She cooks him breakfast that will not irritate his stomach after a night of heavy drinking. Sarah’s behavior serves two problematic functions: it enables her husband to continue his destructive habits, and it perpetuates her belief that being needed by others at the cost of ignoring one’s own needs is the best way to receive love.

Westminster Codependency and Dependency Counseling

At Thriveworks Westminster, our therapists have helped a number of patients through codependency and dependency counseling. Because codependency often involves caring for other people, it can be difficult to acknowledge as a problem, but it’s important to do so for one’s own health and wellbeing. By taking care of the self, one can then more effectively care for others. In regard to dependency counseling, the aim is similar. Our therapists will work with you to learn self-sufficiency and self-efficacy skills that will allow you to become independent.

What is the difference between dependency and codependency?

Dependency

First, let’s define healthy dependency in a relationship. In a healthy relationship, “each party is able to comfortably rely on the other for help, understanding, and support” (Seltzer). However, relationships that have an unhealthy type of dependence are detrimental. In these relationships, one party relies on another to fill their needs, and associates that action with love. Ideally, that person would instead be self-reliant, able to fulfill their own needs and wants, and rely on their partner for assistance and support as needed.

Codependency

Codependent relationships are a bit different. In codependent relationships, at least one of the parties “…needs to be needed [by the other party] if they’re to feel okay about themselves” (Seltzer). In other words, in codependent relationships one of the people is so wrapped up in being needed or approved of by the other person that they are neglectful of their own needs. Take Sarah in the opening example. Though it’s an outwardly altruistic goal to assist her husband in his struggle with alcohol, two problems come from her behavior. The first problem is Sarah’s. Sarah may feel she is helping her husband, but by doing so—by performing actions that cushion his life, like cooking certain foods, calling in to work for him, and performing extra work at home to make up for his inaction—she is subjugating her own needs. To be mentally healthy and therefore have the best chance at a successful, happy life with strong relationships, Sarah must learn to feel comfortable realizing and acting on her desires for her life instead of simply catering to her husband.

The second problem is that Sarah is enabling her husband. Her actions of “help” actually allow him to continue his behavior. Were he not catered to, he might more quickly find himself in a situation serious enough to make him decide to address his problems. Now, it’s worth pointing out that not every codependent relationship also involves an addiction or enabling situation, but it is a frequent occurrence.

What are the ramifications of codependency and dependency?

In dependent relationships, one person may not be very self-reliant. Instead, they rely on the other person to do many tasks that one would normally do for themselves, from the basics of paying bills to making complex decisions like deciding which new vehicle to purchase. The dependent person associates these actions with love. Without their partner’s willingness to go above and beyond to meet their needs, they feel unloved.

Similarly, in a codependent relationship, one subconsciously associates being needed with being loved. Often, this relates back to a childhood in which they witnessed or were taught that love means giving up your own needs and wants for someone else.

But why does any of this matter? There’s nothing wrong with helping your partner, friend, or family member, right? Of course not. Helping others, particularly those we’re close to, is an intimate act that can bond us more closely with the other person and make us feel needed, both of which are valuable. However, counseling for codependency and dependency is valuable because often people in these situations are sacrificing pursuit of their own desires and happiness for someone else’s. The codependent person wants the approval of their partner, and the dependent person sacrifices self-efficacy because they think it will make them more lovable.

How does counseling for codependency and dependency help?

In counseling for codependency and dependency, our therapists work with patients to determine what underlying beliefs or experiences are manifesting in the person’s relationship behaviors. Those underlying beliefs frequently stem from how the person experienced love from parents or other close caregivers during childhood. Once any issues from childhood are addressed, the person may begin to detach from unhealthy relationships. This does not mean abandoning friends or family in need, but rather, learning to take care of oneself by setting appropriate boundaries. Setting boundaries can be difficult for anyone, so it’s helpful to have a therapist experienced in codependency or dependency therapy present to help as you walk through the shift.

Contact Thriveworks Westminster for Codependency and Dependency Counseling

Thriveworks Westminster is home to some of the best therapists in the field. Our therapists know that counseling for codependency and dependency can help improve lives. If you even suspect that you’re in a relationship with one of these dynamics in play, give us a call. Therapy has helped many lead fuller, more mentally healthy lives, and it can help you too. Our office does not have a waiting list.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Westminster therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | PPO - HMO

  • 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

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Self-pay costs at Westminster
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$1

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Psychiatry

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Hear from our clients

4.7 Thriveworks Westminster reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Chris at Thrive Works saved my life. I started at the beginning of the pandemic, by phone, and I didn’t think therapy by phone would have the impact that it did. But I tried for my kids, my marriage, and myself. I can’t say enough good things about Chris. Thank you for everything, and for literally saving my life. I wouldn’t be alive without his counsel.
Read more Chris at Thrive Works saved my life. I started at the beginning of the pandemic, by phone, and I didn’t think therapy by phone would have the impact that it did. But I tried for my kids, my marriage, and myself. I can’t say enough good things about Chris. Thank you for everything, and for literally saving my life. I wouldn’t be alive without his counsel.
Westminster Mar 2021
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★★★★★
Can't say enough positive things about Thriveworks Counseling and specifically my therapist, Chris. Deeply grateful for this space to work through challenging life situations that I recently went through.
Read more Can't say enough positive things about Thriveworks Counseling and specifically my therapist, Chris. Deeply grateful for this space to work through challenging life situations that I recently went through.
Westminster Apr 2020
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★★★★★
I am so pleased to find such a skilled an knowledgeable counselor. I have worked in the field for over 25 years and struggle to find such qualified and effective counselor as Jacob. I highly recommend this man for his sage wisdom and warmth.....
Read more I am so pleased to find such a skilled an knowledgeable counselor. I have worked in the field for over 25 years and struggle to find such qualified and effective counselor as Jacob. I highly recommend this man for his sage wisdom and warmth.....
Westminster Apr 2019
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★★★★★
Jakob Rosenthal is the best therapist I've ever encountered! He gets to the bottom line quickly and kindly, and helps me to understand as well as helps me to have healthy coping mechanisms. I am a better person for having seen him.
Read more Jakob Rosenthal is the best therapist I've ever encountered! He gets to the bottom line quickly and kindly, and helps me to understand as well as helps me to have healthy coping mechanisms. I am a better person for having seen him.
Westminster Mar 2018
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★★★★★
Initially I saw Jacob for my intake appointment and felt he was really great. I was placed with Kate Kelly and overall she is fabulous. She has helped me live to my full potential. She has helped me sort out my PTSD with childhood and adult trauma, as well as being a great resource for addiction counseling. She was also extremely helpful to point me in the right direction on how to deal with (or escape from) toxic family members. She was also a really great help to me during grief and loss of a loved one. I feel so much better than I did before going to Thriveworks. I'm in a great place now and will be back in the future. I can't thank you enough.
Read more Initially I saw Jacob for my intake appointment and felt he was really great. I was placed with Kate Kelly and overall she is fabulous. She has helped me live to my full potential. She has helped me sort out my PTSD with childhood and adult trauma, as well as being a great resource for addiction counseling. She was also extremely helpful to point me in the right direction on how to deal with (or escape from) toxic family members. She was also a really great help to me during grief and loss of a loved one. I feel so much better than I did before going to Thriveworks. I'm in a great place now and will be back in the future. I can't thank you enough.
Westminster Mar 2018
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★★★★★
I found them to be very helpful from the first call, visit and therapy. It’s a very warm and inviting office with a great staff.
Read more I found them to be very helpful from the first call, visit and therapy. It’s a very warm and inviting office with a great staff.
Westminster Feb 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Jacob has helped me much more than any therapist I've ever seen. His skill, insight, and kindness are truly outstanding. Jacob has helped me change my life so that my depression is no longer in charge. His approach is very direct - which may not be for everyone but was perfect for me - but he always acts and speaks with sincere compassion. Thank you, Jacob, you have helped heal me at a level I thought was impossible. Also, Jennifer has always been super wonderful and responsive withheduling and questions. She goes above and beyond to be helpful and kind. Thanks Jennifer! You're awesome.
Read more Jacob has helped me much more than any therapist I've ever seen. His skill, insight, and kindness are truly outstanding. Jacob has helped me change my life so that my depression is no longer in charge. His approach is very direct - which may not be for everyone but was perfect for me - but he always acts and speaks with sincere compassion. Thank you, Jacob, you have helped heal me at a level I thought was impossible. Also, Jennifer has always been super wonderful and responsive withheduling and questions. She goes above and beyond to be helpful and kind. Thanks Jennifer! You're awesome.
Westminster Mar 2017
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★★★★★
Chris Saxon is a respected colleague who genuinely cares about his clients. He combines his education, vast experience, and authentic caring nature to create a safe environment where peolplecan learn, heal, and grow. I've even recommended Chris to my own family member!
Read more Chris Saxon is a respected colleague who genuinely cares about his clients. He combines his education, vast experience, and authentic caring nature to create a safe environment where peolplecan learn, heal, and grow. I've even recommended Chris to my own family member!
Westminster Mar 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Westminster is located in the Federal Heights area off of Bryant St. We share a building with Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, and there is a parking lot just behind us. Next door to us is a larger building that houses St. Anthony North Family Medicine 84th.

Phone number

(302) 253-7942

Languages spoken by CO providers

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