Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Why do I always prioritize others over myself?” or “Why is it so hard for me to say no?”. Is saying “no” to others something that triggers feelings of anxiety or guilt? Do you find yourself drawn to relationships where you feel like you need to “fix” or take care of the other person?
If any of these questions resonate, it is possible you are familiar with the intricate web of codependency. Just like a puzzle, understanding this dynamic takes time and patience, and you’re not alone in this journey.
Codependency (also called “love addiction” or “relationship addiction”) is often fueled by a longing for safety or an intense desire for connection, can quietly seep into our lives, disguising itself as care and concern for others.
You might find yourself constantly seeking validation, unable to set healthy boundaries, or feeling responsible for everyone’s happiness but your own. Oftentimes it can seem like you’re losing your sense of self while attending to the needs of others. But here’s the truth: YOUR feelings are valid, and YOUR experiences matter!
At ChangeWell Psych, we recognize that codependent behaviors can create a challenging cycle to break. Your journey toward healthier relationships starts with acknowledging your feelings and recognizing the patterns that might be holding you back. We approach concerns of codependency with sensitivity and non-judgment, just as we do with each client who walks into our office
Breaking free from codependency is a journey, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. You deserve relationships that uplift and empower you. Period. Together, we’ll work together to nurture healthier connections, both with yourself and with those around you.
Who Does Codependency Affect?
Types of relationships that have the potential to be vulnerable to codependent behaviors include, but are not limited to:
- Romantic Partnerships
What Causes Codependency?
The origin of codependency can be traced to a variety of factors. Some of these roots include:
Early Family Dynamics: Growing up in an environment where caregivers’ needs took precedence over your own might lead to codependent tendencies. You may have learned to suppress your own needs for the sake of others.
Past Traumas: Experiencing emotional, physical, or psychological traumas can impact how we view relationships. Seeking validation and security through codependent behaviors might stem from a history of unresolved pain.
Learned Behaviors: Observing codependent dynamics in your family or social circles can normalize these patterns. What we witness and learn from our role models can influence how we approach relationships.
Low Self-Esteem: Struggling with self-worth might drive you to seek validation externally. Placing value in others’ approval can lead to losing touch with our own identities.
Fear of Abandonment: A fear of being left or rejected can fuel the need to constantly please others and can perpetuate the cycle of codependency.
We Offer Results-Driven Codependency Counseling in Charlotte, NC
Here at ChangeWell Psych, our team of experts are here to help you identify, address, and treat you or your loved one’s codependency. Here is what to expect in therapy for codependency:
- Challenge and reconstruct the stories that reinforce codependent behaviors.
- Explore and process underlying emotions contributing to codependency.
- Cultivate a sense of security and self-reliance in relationships.
- Explore early attachment patterns that influence current relationships.
- Promote self-empowering narratives that prioritize personal growth.
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