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Codependency services offered

Codependency is an attachment style that can cause anxiety or a lack of independence within a relationship. Based in Katy, Texas, Cari Lister LPC provides virtual counseling appointments for individuals, couples, and families to help them learn coping mechanisms for codependency. To schedule an appointment, call Cari’s office or book online today.

Codependency Q & A

What is codependency?

Codependency is a behavioral condition that affects one or more of your closest relationships. It involves a mental, emotional, or physical attachment to a friend, family member, or partner that goes beyond the scope of a typical bond. 

While codependency isn’t a disorder, a counselor can help you examine the causes behind your attachment and manage any trauma or underlying mental health diagnoses that contribute to it. 

What are the signs of codependency?

If you’re in a codependent relationship, you might not realize it. Within a typical codependent relationship, one person relies on the other person to meet many needs while not reciprocating to the same degree. 

Some common signs of codependency in a friendship or relationship are:

  • Feeling responsible for the other person’s feelings
  • Over-apologizing
  • The loss of sense of self within the relationship
  • Asking the other person’s permission to do daily tasks
  • Putting the other person on a pedestal
  • Never having any time for yourself within the relationship
  • Lying and dishonesty
  • Poor communication

In short, codependent relationships often lack boundaries between the two people. You may feel like you consistently sacrifice your own time, self-worth, space, or money for the other person.

What causes codependency?

Each individual is different, and the causes of codependency aren’t the same for everyone. In many cases, however, codependent tendencies stem from having parents or guardians who were either overprotective or under protective of you during childhood. 

How can I break the cycle of codependency?

Recognizing your codependent tendencies is the first step to reducing them. Cari Lister LPC offers counseling specifically for individuals and couples in codependent relationships with regular virtual visits, which you can access from anywhere. 

As part of breaking your codependent habits, Cari helps you recognize behaviors that indicate codependency in your relationship and works with you to adopt coping mechanisms that can help increase your independence. 

Whether you prefer to engage in counseling on your own or with the other person, Cari has the expertise to help you develop a healthier attachment and take the necessary steps to examine your behaviors within relationships.

If you’re ready to start counseling for codependency, schedule an appointment with Cari Lister LPC by phone or book online today.