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The Clinician’s Codependency Treatment Workbook

66 Self-Recovery Strategies for Clients Who Lose Themselves in Others

Nancy L. Johnston, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC
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Jun 18, 2024
PESI Publishing
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Do you see clients who overfunction for others while underfunctioning for themselves?

Maybe your client is a chronic people-pleaser who can’t seem to say no, a parent who continues to rescue their adult child from the consequences of their addiction, a survivor of abuse who minimizes and numbs their emotional pain, or someone who simply has no idea who they are or what they want because they’ve spent their entire life anticipating and catering to the needs of others.

Although codependency – or loss of self in others – is rooted in addictions work, it is a complex and often overlooked dynamic that underlies many of the issues that bring clients to therapy, including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, eating disorders, and more. In The Clinician’s Codependency Treatment Workbook, you’ll learn how to identify telltale symptoms of this relational dynamic and help clients restore their connection to who they truly are.

Filled with strategies, handouts, worksheets, psychoeducation scripts, and case studies, this must-have resource will empower clients to:

  • Foster a secure attachment with the self
  • Individuate from enmeshed families of origin
  • Build healthy boundaries, assertive skills, and the ability to say “no”
  • Stop basing their happiness and identity on external factors and people
  • Become their own internal emotional safe haven




Nancy L. Johnston, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC's Profile

Nancy L. Johnston, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC Related seminars and products

Nancy Johnston, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC, 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 (2020). Nancy has helped thousands of clients extricate themselves from toxic codependency, connect with self, and live with more peace and confidence.

Nancy is Master Addiction Counselor and an AMHCA Diplomate in Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders. She has also authored two other books My Life as a Border Collie: Freedom from Codependency (2012) and Your Healthy Self: Skills for Working with Codependent Behaviors (2015).

In addition to working with individuals, couples, and families, she offers online workshops on "Self-Recovery" and designs and facilitates a Codependence Camp twice a year. Over the past 15 years, Nancy has presented at numerous conferences including the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, the Carolinas Conference for Addiction and Recovery, Addiction: Focus on Women, the Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies, the American Mental Health Counselors Association’s Annual Conference, the Virginia Counselors Association’s Annual Conference, and Specialty Docket Training for the Virginia Supreme Court. More information about Nancy and her work is available at her website:

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nancy Johnston is an independent contractor with Dr. Kuley and Associates and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nancy Johnston is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors' Association, the Virginia Counselors' Association, the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and the Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals.


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