Codependency & Relationship Trauma Focused Group Therapy for Women
Codependency is a term mostly used with individuals struggling with addiction. However, codependency, like addiction, is insidious and can be traced to growing up in homes where caregivers did not fully satisfy the need for attention, affection, and validation. Saying that a person is “clingy” is an oversimplification of codependency since their clinginess may be their effort to compensate for attention, affection, and validation they did not receive in childhood.
A codependent relationship is when one partner needs the other, who needs to be needed. It is the type of relationship with one partner who chases after the other, typically engaging in withdrawal and avoidant behaviors, despite needing attention, affection, and validation. This circular relationship is the basis of what experts refer to when they describe the “cycle” of codependency.