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The Codependency Treatment Guide: CBT, Somatic Strategies and More to Disentangle Clients from Dysfunctional Relationships and Recover Self

You see these clients all the time. Preoccupied with others, people with co-dependence issues desperately try to please, manage, or fix those in their closest relationships.

After years of putting their own needs aside these clients become stuck in externally focused selfsacrificing patterns they don’t even recognize. By the time they show up in your office with anxiety, depression and significant relationship issues they’ve completely lost their true selves.

But knowing what to do with these clients in therapy can be exasperating as again and again they shift the focus of sessions away from themselves and toward others. Their unwillingness to drop down into their own emotions, thoughts and actions can leave you feeling demoralized and drained as you spin your wheels session after fruitless session. If you’re not careful, you can end up joining the client as they look to solve their own problems by solving the problems of others.

Nancy Johnston has been a therapist for over 40 years and is an expert in the field of codependent relationships. The author of Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else, Nancy has helped thousands of clients extricate themselves from toxic codependency, connect with self, and live with more peace and confidence.

Now in this one-day seminar she’ll share the clinical tools and strategies you need to help clients break free from codependency, better balance their care of self and others, and achieve self-recovery.

Full of instantly useable cognitive strategies, somatic techniques, visual tools, case studies and exercises you’ll be able to:

  • Move your clients’ focus from external to internal for improved therapeutic results
  • Help clients face the realities of their relationships so they can make real changes
  • Improve clients’ ability to set healthy boundaries and let go of what they cannot control
  • Show you clients how they can take control of their emotions and start responding instead of reacting
  • Foster self-empowerment from the very first session
  • And much more!

You’ve seen codependent clients in your practice for so long now. Don’t pass on this expert led training so you can achieve incredible results and set clients on the path to living life for themselves.

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Program Information


  1. Learn to identify the intra/interpersonal dynamics of codependency in clients presenting with anxiety, depression, and relationship problems and understand how codependency/loss of self in others can be foundational to worry, exhaustion, resentment, entrapment, sadness, hopelessness, and health problems.
  2. Determine the origins of codependent behaviors to support case conceptualization.
  3. Utilize mindfulness techniques to increase codependent clients’ awareness of their own feelings.
  4. Learn more than 15 cognitive strategies to develop and sustain self-recovery, including increased awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, self-monitoring, skill building, corrections of thoughts, psychoeducation through multiple visual tools and bulleted lists, and the development of daily practices.
  5. Use present moment awareness training to help clients tolerate frustration and respond rather than react.
  6. Use acceptance exercises that help clients let go of what they cannot control.


Codependence: Losing Oneself in Others

  • Conceptualizing codependence as loss of self in someone else
  • Developmental sources of codependence
  • Codependent behaviors vs. the label
  • Identifying codependence – how codependent clients look in therapy
  • Research, risks and treatment limitations
Intake and Assessment of Clients with Codependent Behaviors
  • Clinical dynamics to notice as you use your standard intake
  • Using the Holyoake Codependency Index
  • Relationship patterns/themes to look for
  • Establishment of mutuality in treatment work
  • Client goal setting
  • Case Study: 24 year-old in a serious relationship with a dominating partner
Psychoeducation and Early Sessions:
Set the Stage to Shift Clients’ Focus from External to Internal
  • Tools for educating the client about external vs. internal focus
  • How to avoid becoming the client’s external source of direction
  • Strategies to encourage self-empowerment from the very first session
  • Addressing clinical challenges and codependence in self
  • Case Study: Continue with 24 year-old feeling dominated by partner
Self, Others, and the Relationship:
Family of Origin and Parts Work to Help Clients Face Illusions and See the Realities
  • Influences on self: Individual, family systems, and social/cultural
  • Parts of self that emerged from family-of-origin experiences
  • Visual tools to teach relationships between self and other(s)
  • Gathering your clients’ trauma history
  • Case Study: 50 year-old mother of an alcoholic adult son who chronically relapses
Somatic and Cognitive Techniques:
Enhance Codependent Clients’ Awareness of Body, Mind, Feelings and Thoughts
  • Mindfulness techniques to increase awareness of body, mind and feelings
  • Bottom-up grounding tools to notice self in the moment
  • Cognitive strategies to increase awareness of thoughts
  • Exercises to help clients be with their feelings in safe, manageable ways
  • Tools clients can use to intervene on their own behalf

Build Self-Competence in Codependent Clients:
Strategies to Set Healthy Boundaries, Quiet Guilt, Manage Anxiety and More

  • Addressing the grief of accepting the realities of self, others and situation
  • Respond vs. react - present moment awareness to help clients tolerate frustration
  • Mindful breathing techniques for anxiety management
  • Set healthy boundaries with “I” statements
  • Tools for quieting guilty thoughts
  • Case Study: Continue with 50 year-old mother of relapsing adult son

Increasing Self-Empowerment and Self-Attunement:
Exercises and Practices That Show Clients They Can Count on Themselves

  • Acceptance exercises that help clients let go of what they cannot control
  • Show clients how to plan with self in mind
  • Practice acting on goals
  • Developing daily practices for self-awareness and self-responsiveness
  • Returning to self as a secure base and an anchor in the storms and delights of life

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 12/07/2022

CBT, DBT & EMDR Strategies to Free Clients from Codependency, Narcissistic Abuse & Attachment Trauma

You see codependency in so many clients… and yet, many therapists skip over directly treating it.

Your clients are left suffering with a lack of boundaries, obsessively people pleasing, blaming themselves endlessly, self-sabotaging and unable to make simple decisions…

To make matters worse… They’re often in toxic relationships experiencing narcissistic abuse, gaslighting and have layers of attachment trauma.

Get your codependent clients to learn new skills AND take them beyond the walls of the therapy room to radically change their lives.

Join Krystal Mazzola, LMFT whose dedicated her career to breaking codependent clients free of the shackles of painful relationships, self-hate and more. Get essential skills from CBT, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness & Narrative Therapy to move your clients forward in life. In just three self-paced modules you’ll learn:

  • How to co-occurring PTSD, Anxiety, Personality & Mood Disorders
  • Integrate CBT, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness & Narrative Therapy techniques
  • Rebuild your client’s sense of self, create compassion & self-regulate
  • Red flags in assessment
  • Overcome perfectionism, fantasy thinking & damage from narcissistic abuse
  • Step-by-step guidance in the four main treatment stages

All this AND printable assessments, worksheets, in-session exercises and real-world case studies!

Don’t let any clients slip through the cracks… Get expert training!

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Program Information


  1. Investigate signs and symptoms of codependency.
  2. Theorize how codependency presents with and impacts mental health disorders.
  3. Appraise impact of codependency, narcissistic abuse and other behaviors on client’s mental health.
  4. Formulate a comprehensive plan to guide clients toward interdependent, healthy relationships.
  5. Employ skills to implement treatment targeting core boundary issues.
  6. Apply DBT skills to clients struggling with codependency. 
  7. Utilize skills from EMDR, CBT and narrative therapy to combat codependent thoughts, behaviors, and triggers.
  8. Build insight into how clients exhibit codependent symptoms in the therapeutic relationship.


Codependency: What you need to know 

  • What codependency isn’t
  • New research: narcissistic abuse, gaslighting, lovebombing
  • How codependency develops in childhood & adulthood
  • Trauma areas specific to codependency – bullying, rejection, social disconnection, IPV, infidelity, betrayal & addiction
Assessment and Diagnosis: Core symptoms of codependency
  • Red flags of codependency: common client statements, ruminations & more 
  • Combat tendency to neglect, abuse, or self-sabotage 
  • Explore core & empowerment shame issues
  • Comorbidities: SUDs, anxiety, PTSD, CPTSD, Personality & Mood Disorders
  • Exploring your client’s loss of self
Dive into Problem Areas: Distorted Reality, Boundaries, Control & Relationships
  • Overcome roadblocks: resentment, people pleasing, approval seeking
  • Manage perfectionism, fantasy thinking & damage from gaslighting
  • Improve guilt, trust, catastrophizing & polarized thinking
  • Improve intimacy issues & heal fears of abandonment
  • Assessment checklist & more worksheet
Roadmap for Treatment: The 4-Core Treatment Stages 
Phase one: Guide Clients’ Self-Work
  • Build client insight & awareness to destructive patterns
  • Implement narrative therapy & journal writing prompts
  • Nervous system balancing exercises: yoga, mindfulness, medication & more
  • Combat shame with self-validation
  • Teach clients how to practice patience
Phase Two: Integrate the 4-Boundary Part System
  • Replace shame with self-validation
  • Create internal & external boundaries in clients
  • Explore 7 types of essential boundaries 
  • Help client’s authentic self shine
Phase Three: Trauma Healing
  • Grief work specific to relationships 
  • Intervene in fight-flight-freeze response
  • Diaphragmatic breathing – instructions & benefits
  • Guide inner child and reparenting
  • Healthy parenting education
  • Guided scripts for self-visualization and inner child visualization
Phase Four: Relationship & Intimacy Skill Building
  • Step-by-step guidance in assertiveness training
  • Appropriate empathy and vulnerability
  • Teach clients to accept support
  • Flooding and time-outs
  • Build awareness of abusive behaviors
  • Interdependence – the solution to co-dependency
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategies and Codependency Recovery 
Phase One
  • Learn self-soothing toolkit & teach mindfulness to clients
  • Practice radical acceptance of self & self-validation
  • Discover states of Mind
  • Learn ACCEPTS
  • Work with the 5 senses
Phase Two
  • Dialectical thinking about self, others, reality
  • Radical acceptance of others
  • Check facts to correct distortions
  • Practice “coping ahead”
Phase Three
  • Dialectical thinking
  • Radical acceptance of change
  • Meaning making - IMPROVE
Phase Four
  • DEAR MAN, THINK & other interventions
  • Broken record for boundary development
EMDR, CBT & Narrative Therapy Strategies 
  • Container
  • Butterfly hug
  • Safe place
  • Negative cognitions and validity of cognition
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Thinking mistakes
  • Challenge and Replace Negative Thoughts
  • Response prevention plan
  • Effective problem solving
Narrative therapy
  • Deconstruct the socially constructed self 
  • Writing as therapy
  • Externalize inner critic
Self of the Therapist: How Your Work Supports Therapy
  • Prevent clients from entering a co-dependent relationship with you
  • Examine personal experiences and biases
  • Impact of pervasive codependent messages in culture
  • Manage perfectionism
  • Role model self-compassion & boundaries
Two case-studies
“Savannah” codependency with comorbidity of PTSD and BPD
“Leticia” codependency with comorbidity of anxiety

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 06/24/2022

Boundary Setting Strategies: How Your Clients Can Reclaim Emotional Autonomy

Attempts to set boundaries with toxic and emotionally manipulative people are often met with demeaning abuse designed to instill guilt, shame, fear, and self-doubt. Their victims are left feeling confused, selfish for having their own needs, and convinced they must make the abuser happy with them at any cost.

In this session, Dr. Lindsay Gibson, clinical psychologist and international best-selling author, will show you experiential emotional techniques your clients can use to set boundaries and free themselves from emotional tyranny.

Program Information


  1. Investigate defenses and emotionally coercive tactics of the narcissistic personality.
  2. Use psychoeducation and self-concept development to help empower clients to set healthy boundaries in relationships.
  3. Apply emotional and experiential techniques that will help clients protect themselves against emotional coercion.


  • Why clients seek the narcissist’s approval
  • Build boundary setting skills through psychoeducation and self-concept development
  • Strategies to decrease the impact of emotional coercion tactics

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 01/28/2022

Using the Experiential “Trauma Timeline” Intervention in Treating Trauma and Addiction

The Trauma Timeline, part of Relational Trauma Repair, Dr. Dayton’s psycho-educational model, is an experiential process for groups and one to one therapy, that helps clients to become aware of their developmental traumas and place them into the overall context of their lives. The Trauma Timeline bonds and engages groups, provides a map for psychodramatic role play that allows for clients to talk to the parts of themselves that they wish to connect with or others who were a part of their lives and impacted their development. The trauma Timeline can be done in one to one, functioning as a map from which empty chair work can be done and/or in a group moved from the “map” into a group, experiential process.

Program Information


  1. Investigate the use of the Trauma Timeline and how it is done on paper and how to move it into experiential work.
  2. Defend how the Trauma Timeline can be a springboard for developmental, targeted psychodrama work.
  3. Appraise how the Trauma Timeline can become a group process that is engaging and bonding.


  • How trauma creates a fragmented self
  • How people internalize relational trauma and how it leads to the creation of inner voices.
  • The key tasks of trauma treatment
  • Relational Trauma Repair Method
  • The Trauma Timeline Intervention

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 10/15/2020