Alberta Counselling Services

Breaking Free: Understanding and Overcoming Dependency and Co-Dependency

Dependency and co-dependency in relationships can create a complex web of emotional challenges. At Alberta Counselling Services, we offer insights and strategies to help individuals understand and address these issues, fostering healthier and more balanced relationships.

Understanding Dependency and Co-Dependency:
Dependency involves an excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, often at the expense of one’s own needs and well-being. Co-dependency, similarly, is a pattern of behavior where one partner enables another’s addiction, poor mental health, or irresponsibility.

1. Recognizing the Signs:
Key signs of dependency and co-dependency include difficulty making decisions independently, prioritizing others’ needs excessively, and fear of abandonment.

2. Addressing Underlying Issues:
These behaviors often stem from deeper emotional issues such as low self-esteem, fear of rejection, or past trauma. We explore these underlying causes to facilitate healing and change.

3. Developing Healthy Relationship Skills:
We focus on building skills for healthy relationships, including setting boundaries, communicating effectively, and maintaining a sense of self in relationships.

4. Promoting Independence and Self-Care:
Encouraging personal growth and self-care is essential. We guide individuals in finding balance between caring for themselves and others.

Dependency and Co-Dependency Counselling at Alberta Counselling Services:
Our approach is empathetic, personalized, and empowering:

  • Tailored Therapy Plans: We develop individualized therapy plans to address the specific dynamics and challenges of each person’s situation.
  • Supportive Counselling Environment: Our sessions provide a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their relationship patterns and behaviors.
  • Empowerment Through Self-Awareness: We focus on enhancing self-awareness and self-worth, empowering individuals to make healthier choices in their relationships.
  • Resource and Support Network: We offer resources and support to build a network that fosters independence and healthy interdependence.

Overcoming dependency and co-dependency is a journey towards healthier relationships and a stronger sense of self. At Alberta Counselling Services, we are committed to supporting individuals in this journey, providing the tools and guidance needed for lasting change and relationship satisfaction.


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