CATEGORY: Codependency: Surviving Codependency & Becoming Emotionally Independent 59 articles

Codependency Treatment in Center City Philadelphia: Codependency, also known as relationship addiction: Treatment for codependency is available in Center City, Philadelphia. The concept of a relationship addiction has only become popularized in the last ten years. The term was originally coined to describe the partner of a drug or alcohol addict. Codependency is a disease that is thought of as a learned behavior, typically passed down from one generation to the next. People who are codependent typically engage in one-sided, unhealthy and / or abusive relationships. Codependent individuals often have low self esteem, find it hard to be themselves and believe that nothing they do lives up to their expectations and standards. Typical control patterns that a person suffering from codependency might use are: lavishing gifts on those they care about, offering advice without being asked, becoming resentful when others do not let them help, placing value in others

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5 Signs Your Friendship Might Be Unhealthy

Posted by: Shayna Alper, Intern

When we think of abusive relationships romantic partners and family members may come to mind. However, friendships have the capability of being emotionally abusive that can cause overwhelming anxiety. Intimate…


Create Emotional Independence by Responding Versus Reacting

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

How many times have you walked away from an argument feeling worked up, overwhelmed, or defeated? Part of the challenge may be that you are too emotionally fused or codependent…


How to Create Emotional Independence Through Language

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

If you have ever wondered how you can create emotional independence through language, then you are in the right place.

 

There’s no “I” in “team!” Many of us may be familiar…


Emotional Independence: A Solution to Codependence

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

Did you know a solution to emotional reactivity, emotional fusion or codependence is emotional independence? But what exactly is emotional independence?

When people struggle with asserting their needs and desires within…


Codependent Relationships

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

“You complete me,” Jerry Maguire says desperately to a teary-eyed Dorothy in the movie “Jerry Maguire.” She looks at him longingly as she accepts his apology and his proposal for…


Couples Therapy: I Am Check Ins

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Are you and your partner considering couples therapy? One of the most important things to know is that you need to do work at home as well as in session…


Why People Occassionally Cheat

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Why People Occasionally Cheat

Have you ever wondered why people occasionally cheat in their relationships?  What could possibly be their motivation and how could they violate the delicate thread of trust? …


Understanding Past Relationships

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Understanding past relationships: Getting back into dating and relationships can be a fun, but anxiety provoking time. Perhaps your dating experience hasn't been that great. Or your past relationships have been…


Getting Over Being Dumped

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Getting over being dumped: So you’ve just gone through being dumped and now you’re trying to refocus back to a state of normalcy, but reaching equilibrium seems nearly impossible. What’s a…


Cheaters: Who And Why

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Cheaters: Who Are They and Why Do They Do It?

Why do people cheat?  There are many reasons that people cheat.  You may hear people say that we as humans…


What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be?

Before you make your standard New Year’s resolution to go to the gym at least three times a week, think about what you truly…


Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever wondered why some people have such a difficult time sustaining close, personal relationships while others seem to do so with relative ease?

How we manage the balance between…


How Do I Get The Most Out Of Couples Counseling?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How Do I Get The Most Out Of Couples Counseling? (Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling & Sex Therapy in Philadelphia)

How do I get the most out of couples counseling? Making the decision…


Narcissism: The concerns and pitfalls

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Narcissism: The concerns and pitfalls 

We have all been in contact with a narcissist. Whether you’ve been around a person who insists on being the center of the attention, or…


Healthy Narcissism

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Healthy Narcissism 

The concept of healthy narcissism isn’t often talked about or even encouraged. When narcissism is discussed, it tends to be painted as something negative. You hear stories of narcissists…


End of Relationship Depression

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

One of the first emotions people think about when a relationship ends is sadness.  A loss has occurred and most people expect to feel sad for a short period of…


The Self Esteem Workout

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Self Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia: Increasing confidence and self esteem. 

Self esteem is a measure of how favorable you rate your abilities and value as a…


Poor Body Image and Thought Records

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth / Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Completing a Thought Record to Address Poor Body Image

It is common for individuals living in Philadelphia to struggle with self-confidence about their…


What is Codependency?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth / Codependency Therapy in Philadelphia:  Codependency 

This tip is to provide you with the typical characteristics of people who struggle with codependency, a brief history of the term…


5 Ways to Fix Communication With Your Partner Today

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth / Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: 5 ways to improve communication with your partner TODAY.

Have you recently felt like you and your partner constantly argue…


Facebook and Breakups

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Facebook and Breakups

Have you recently broken up with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Do you find yourself checking your ex’s (X-boyfriend, X-girlfriend, X-wife, X-husband, X-lover, X-partner) Facebook page daily? Looking for clues through…


Re-framing the Concept of Boundaries

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Boundaries: Re-framing the concept

The term boundaries means the limits you set with others based on what you feel most comfortable with; this can be physically, emotionally,intellectually, sexually, the list goes…


Psychotherapy and Family History

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Psychotherapy and Family History

Many individuals decide to attend psychotherapy for a number of reasons: anxiety, depression, sexual and emotional affairs, divorce, sexual abuse, physical abuse, conflicts in family or at…


Letting Go of Expectations

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Opening Yourself Up to More by Letting Go of Expectations

Do you find yourself often disappointed when things don’t go your way? Do you find yourself constantly disappointed by friends…


Examples of Blame-Free Communication

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth: Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Examples of Blame-Free Communication

It is common for individuals in Philadelphia to avoid discussing conflict, especially when it involves expressing emotions…


Assertive, Aggressive, and Non-Assertive Communication Styles

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Do you feel like you‘re too passive with voicing your needs? Do you get frustrated and feel angry when trying to get people to do what you want? Have you…


Blaming and Codependency

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to avoid blaming when expressing your emotions or reality to friend/partner/coworker, etc

Do you ever struggle to get your point across? Do you find yourself in conflict with a…


How to Write Your Own Positive Affirmations

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The use of affirmations can be a powerful tool in generating positive change in your life. The definition of an affirmation is to declare that something is true. Really all…


Having a conversation to assert your boundaries.

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

After identifying that you have a boundary that has been crossed it is essential to express your new needs to others. This tip is designed to help…


Identifying Your Boundaries

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Boundaries are “guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for him- or herself that are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him…


What are Boundaries?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

One of the most challenging, emotional, and stressful tasks within relationships is setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries.  However, most people don’t realize this until their boundaries have been crossed and…


7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real. The concept of change is an essential aspect of what it means to be human, whether it is our own personal goal for…


Shacking Up: We decided to move in together, now what?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Couples Therapy in Philadelphia: Shacking up: We decided to move in together, now what? So the two of you sat down, had the painful discussions as recommended in the first tip…


Finding Motivation To Change

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Therapy in Philadelphia: Finding motivation to change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back…


How to care for yourself after a breakup

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How To Care For Yourself After A Break-Up All relationship break-ups are difficult; whether you are the one who initiated the ending or the one who was left behind. …


What Stage Of The Problem Are You In?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What stage of the problem are you in? 

Pre-contemplation (what stage of the problem)

You do not believe that there is an actual problem. Thus, you are not ready to consider…


Will This Relationship Last

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Will this relationship last? Relationship and Marital Problems: The answer is simple, it all depends upon how determined each individual is to make the relationship work. If two people want…


Improving Relationships

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Improving Relationships - Requires Taking Action depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, you may want to seek help from a…


Signs and Symptoms of Giving Too Much

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Signs and Symptoms of Giving Too Much: a power imbalance in a relationship does not mean that your partner is being overly demanding or abusive! When a relationship goes from…


Is it Low Self Esteem

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is it low self-esteem? Therapy in Philadelphia: How to recognize and come to terms with low self- esteem when a poor self-concept is the root of your problems.

Everybody has bad…


Letting Go On Your Own Terms

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Personal honor rituals - Letting Go On Your Own Terms: losing someone you love is heartbreaking. Grieving is a challenge, grieving well is even harder…


Positive Thinking Techniques

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: Postive Thinking Techniques

* Before you can use positive thinking, you must learn to recognize negative thinking, and that can take a little work. We live in…


Practicing Fair Fighting

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Practicing Fair Fighting Techniques

Step one:

* After listening to your partner’s position, summarize what she said. In your summary, withhold your perspective. To help you do a better summary, start off…


Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce Children are the most innocent victims of divorce. They become of the center of battles over child custody, support and visitation. Divorce changes…


Reasons Spouses Cheat

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Reasons Spouses Cheat she cheated and broke your heart. Or maybe you’re the one who cheated and broke hers. WHY do husbands and wives cheat? And why don’t they just…


Image Collage

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Image Collage Technique, developed for the self help website Therapy in Philadelphia A common trait of those who suffer with anxiety is low self esteem and a…


Keeping a Spiritual Journal

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Keeping a Spiritual Journal Whether you’re just beginning your spiritual journey or have been on your current path for twenty years or more, keeping a spiritual journal is a wonderful…


Letting Go Of Your Perfectionism

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Work On Letting Go Of Your Perfectionism: working hard on letting go of your perfectionism does not mean letting go of your hard work to accomplish things, rather it means…


How To Speak Up

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How to Speak Up / How to Regain the Equality in Your Relationship – A Guide for Men Addressing the Problem: All healthy relationships involve sacrifice and give-and-take, but sometimes…


Determining if your Relationship is Worth Saving

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Determining if Your Relationship is Worth Saving?: to determine if your relationship is worth saving ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you like your partner?* Do you like your partner’s…


Extramarital Affair

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Extramarital Affair Counseling / Therapy: have you or your partner had an extramarital affair? If so, you are not alone. In the majority of long-term relationships, at least one person…


Fear of Infidelity

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Fear of Infidelity: every couple, at some point, faces the fear of infidelity. No matter how strong the relationship, each of us has grappled with the green-eyed…


Couples and Money

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Couples & Money (for people with shared bank accounts) Now that you are married or in a long-term relationship, your significant other’s style of spending can…


Creating Positive Affirmations

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia : Creating positive affirmation: negative self-talk is a common underlying theme behind clinical anxiety and its symptoms. Those who suffer from anxiety often circulate destructive, negative thought…


Breaking the Habit of Giving Too Much

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Breaking the habit of giving too much depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, and your partner’s level of willingness to work with you, you may want…


Changing All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Changing All or Nothing Thinking

How do I change ‘all or nothing thinking’? to change all or nothing thinking, start by identifying when you are thinking in all or…


Processing Emotions

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Processing emotions: once you identify what you are feeling, try to find a way to process it. Below is a list of action oriented suggestions for how to do this.


Accepting Your Partners Limitations

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

No one is perfect. Everyone has their limitations. This is becomes especially important as we choose our partners. The question is - what limitations can you accept and which ones can…


When to End a Relationship

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

When to End a Relationship - Is your relationship worth saving? While most people will have an opinion about whether you and your partner should stay together, ultimately, the answer…