Occasionally referred to as “relationship addiction”, codependency describes behaviors, thoughts and feelings that go beyond normal caretaking and people pleasing. While often thought of as a problem in romantic relationships, codependency can occur in many types of associations including friendship, family or work. Codependents often have low self-esteem and are disproportionately preoccupied with other people’s needs while placing a low priority on their own.

People who are codependent sometimes have a strong fear of being alone or abandoned and a controlling desire to be needed. While they usually have the best of intentions, codependents take on the unhealthy and self-sacrificing role of a martyr. Codependent relationships can keep people from living their best lives. Codependency symptoms can worsen if left untreated, so it’s important to seek the help of a mental health professional.

Therapists specialising in Codependency

Amanda Copeland

Cognitive analytic psychotherapist

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Dr Clarissa Bartlett

Counselling Psychologist

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Duncan Long

Counsellor & Therapist

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Emma Russell

Humanistic Integrative Counsellor

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Alex Macfarlane

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Jake Yearsley

Integrative counsellor

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Kate McGuire

Trauma and Psychosexual Therapist

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Keren Ghitis

Mindfulness based Psychotherapist Senior Trainee (UKCP)

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Gavin Beard

Psychotherapist and Trauma Specialist Using EMDR

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Nicola Turner

Psychotherapist, NeurOptimal® neurofeedback trainer

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Serena Roche

Psychotherapist

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Tim Park

Addiction Therapist

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Will Geffin

We Can Change Integrated Therapy

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