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-How does codependency change from one life stage to another like adolescence to young adulthood to motherhood?

-What considerations must we keep in mind while healing from our codependency? Professionals and clients alike?

-When we embark on our healing journey, what long-term benefits can we look forward to experiencing across our lifespan?

Welcome to Episode 106! In this episode, we have the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Janiel L. Henry, PhD, about codependency across the lifespan. Dr. Janiel describes what codependency looks like in adolescents, young women, and new moms. Similar to how we change as we age, our codependency tends to evolve and looks different in different phases of life. However, underneath those changes is the core issue: a pattern of behavior where we put the needs of others above our own. Dr. Janiel explains to us the clinical considerations we ought to have as we seek help (and what therapists should keep in mind as well when treating codependents). We conclude with hope with a discussion on the long-term benefits of addressing codependency, no matter what phase of life we are in. It’s a must-listen!

More on this episode’s guest:

Dr. Janiel L. Henry is the CEO, Founder, & Clinical Director at Women Rise Psychological and Wellness Center, located in Southern, CA. Women Rise is a boutique psychological and wellness center specializing in women’s mental health & wellness across the lifespan with services including psychotherapy, clinical functional nutrition, women’s wellness practitioner, doula support, massage therapy, and yoga movement, thereby targeting the whole person. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Henry works to empower women so that they may not only survive, but heal, grow, thrive, and RISE in every aspect of their lives.

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We begin with hearing about Dr. Janiel’s definition of codependency: a pattern of behavior where we put the needs of others above our own.

Next, we dive in to our main focus: codependency across the lifespan. Dr. Janiel expands on what codependency looks like in adolescence, young adulthood, and in new mothers. We also highlight what relationships our codependency tends to be focused on: friendships in adolescence, romantic partnerships in young adulthood, and with our children in motherhood.

Dr. Janiel shares with us about the clinical considerations that professionals should have when working with codependents. And honestly, these are considerations we should all have–whether we are clients or professionals.

Dr. Janiel emphasizes how we need to understand that the codependency has a function and, though it doesn’t appear to be, is ‘working for us’ in some manner. She describes how we need to consider that our codependency may be deeper than it appears and how the focus needs to be on creating safety in our relationships, developing coping skills, and honoring how past trauma may be contributing with our current behaviors.

We conclude with hearing Dr. Janiel elaborate on all the ways we can benefit from addressing our codependency now. It doesn’t matter which phase of life we are in–if we work towards healing, we will be sure to have more authentic and deeper connections, feel safe and secure in our relationships, have a higher sense of well-being, sense reciprocity in our relationships, and so on.

Thanks for coming on Dr. Janiel!

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