Co-dependency : Future Focus Counselling & Consulting

Common Sources

  • Relationships with individuals struggling with substance abuse or chronic mental health issues
  • Patterns learned in families where emotional neglect or abuse was present
  • Environments where personal boundaries are not respected
  • Relationships where one partner assumes the role of “caretaker” to the detriment of their own well-being

Signs of Co-dependency

  • Difficulty making decisions in a relationship
  • Valuing the approval of others more than valuing oneself
  • Lacking trust in oneself and having poor self-esteem
  • Constantly sacrificing one’s needs for the sake of their partner or family
  • Feeling trapped in a relationship or feeling responsible for the happiness of others

Therapeutic Approach

Therapy for co-dependency focuses on helping individuals rediscover themselves and learn to value their own needs and emotions. Approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy can assist in identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. Counseling may also involve exploring past experiences to understand the origins of co-dependent behaviors. The aim is to promote self-awareness, establish healthy boundaries, and build assertiveness skills. Through therapy, individuals learn to foster healthier relationships, improve their self-esteem, and develop a stronger sense of individual identity separate from their relationships.

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