Therapists Specializing in Codependency in Chicago

Codependency is a term generally used to refer to an unhealthy relationship dynamic. Although exact definitions vary, it can be broadly described as an excessive reliance on a relationship to the detriment of a person’s own needs and wellbeing. Some codependent relationships can involve emotionally manipulative behavior and power struggles. If these relationship issues become extreme or frequent, they can interfere with one’s own wellbeing and ability to lead a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re looking to address codependent behavior, it may help to seek out either individual therapy or counseling with the other person in your relationship. Depending on the specific issue, a therapist might help you build confidence and self-esteem, develop communication or assertiveness skills, and help navigate and find solutions to issues. Some providers might help you change unhelpful thoughts and behaviors in order develop more helpful beliefs through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Other providers might explore underlying causes of codependent behavior through a reflective style of therapy, such as psychodynamic therapy, or focus directly on relationships and related skills in interpersonal therapy.

Find therapists in Chicago who specialize in codependency below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Azita  Afshar

Azita Afshar

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

I want you to know that I am here and appreciate the anxieties and/or hesitation in beginning the therapeutic journey. I want to tell you to trust how you feel in the room with someone and to take your time in finding what works for you. I also would like the opportunity to help and have the tools to do so. Together, we can figure out some things and help find you relief. It can get better. You are enough and everything you need may already be inside of you—we just may need to help you bring it out.


The Couch Method

The Couch Method

Online Sessions, IL

7358 Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

The Couch Method is a therapy practice servicing individuals, families, children and adolescents located in Lincolnwood, IL. Therapists at The Couch Method bring thoughtfulness, compassion and expertise into sessions with their clients. The Couch Method believes in bringing THREE MAIN TENANTS into the therapy room including EDUCATION, INSIGHT and SKILLS. At the Couch Method we believe that in order to get better, most clients need all three. With education and knowledge, our clients feel more empowered and secure. With insight about their histories, clients can begin to understand not simply how to feel better, but WHY they might be feeling and behaving this way in the first place. And thirdly, as much as talk about our pasts can be a helpful and necessary part of the treatment process, we believe in giving our clients more immediate relief, by providing creative and effective skills to manage current symptoms.

Because our practice values, professionalism and integrity, we work with our clients to set goals and track progress. Often, goals might include processing through trauma and neglect, setting boundaries in relationships, increasing self-esteem and developing a secure and solid identity. Other goals for children, adolescents and their families might include managing life transitions, creating meaningful connection, managing oppositional behaviors, social skill development and providing tools for mood related challenges (such as anxiety and depression).

And as much as we value professionalism, we equally recognize the importance of an authentic and nurturing therapeutic relationship. Our therapists know that the therapeutic bond is an immensely important one. Clients who seek treatment often feel vulnerable, raw, overwhelmed, and hopeless, and therefore, we approach these relationships with intention, immense care, warmth and professionalism, with an aim to provide individualized treatment.


Diana  Flemma

Diana Flemma

1830 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I am dedicated to meeting the emotional and psychological needs of my clients. My approach is to be caring and compassionate, while also trying to be direct in guiding clients through their process. I believe that counseling can help individuals and families move in new directions, fostering growth and a sense of well-being. I work with people from all walks of life. Change is possible; what we long for is not beyond reach.
My goal in working with clients is to help them gain the skills needed to cope effectively with life’s stressors, engage meaningfully with others, manage distressing feelings, regulate emotions, reduce impulsivity, increase self-confidence, communicate effectively, and to learn to express their needs successfully. I am a firm believer that we all want to do well.


Anna  Minor

Anna Minor

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

As a recovering perfectionist, I’ve been where you are. I know how scary it feels to let your guard down and ask for help, especially when you’re the person others rely on and look to for support. But you are not alone. This is the same place where I and all my clients started from. I would love to help you step away from the pressure of constant self-improvement and to learn to be confident in yourself and your decisions.

I offer a free video consultation to any potential clients. During our consultation, I will be able to learn more about your main areas of concern and answer any questions you may have. If you do not see a consult time that works for you, please email, text, or call me and we can find a better time. I respond to all inquires and usually the same day.


Sue  Blomberg

Sue Blomberg

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 per session

I have a broad set of life experiences combined with the necessary knowledge and utilization of several therapy techniques to help you live the life you desire. I am an engaged therapist that will work with you as you face the challenges of daily stressors, decision-making, anxiety, depression, addiction and many other issues. I provide a safe place to share these difficult feelings in a non-judgmental setting. Through talk therapy, you will increase your awareness and make changes to better your life. My role is to listen, help you utilize coping skills, guide you through crisis and difficult times and empower you in order to live your life in a healthy way.


Leah B Samler

Leah B Samler

53 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL, 60604

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

My approach relies on collaboration with my clients in order to develop individual treatment plans.

I believe the answers to many of our worries lie within us, yet often life events make finding clarity problematic. My goal is for clients to learn how to navigate their current experiences and find balance and peace within their lives.

I see my role as a facilitator where the focus is assisting my clients in achieving integrated and progressive healing. Our work together is based on safely addressing issues of concern while finding a path to healthy and stable choices that work for your life and circumstances. Each step forward of unwinding the challenges you are facing leads to healthy choices that enhance and improve your life.


Hillary  Schoninger

Hillary Schoninger

321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL, 60654

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Hi there, I believe that everyone has their own inner ‘garden,’ which has the potential to be bountiful, beautiful, and serene. If we want to maintain our gardens and have them represent the most beautiful aspects of our lives, we need to nourish them and water them regularly. Keeping our gardens beautiful and vibrant does take work, but it is work that makes life more joyous and manageable. I view psychotherapy as a practice that can help you to support your garden so that it, and you, can flourish. Helping individuals and families tend to their gardens, remove weeds, and plant new seeds: this is my greatest purpose.

I look forward to helping you manifest your garden.


Stephanie  Bonza

Stephanie Bonza

1945 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60625

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $150 per session

I look forward to working with you.


Center and Room to Breathe Chicago

Center and Room to Breathe Chicago

25 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $175 per session

Center and Room to Breathe (Center) is a group practice in Millennium Park, Chicago. Each provider at Center offers a unique skillset formed by experience and training in different modalities and techniques.

Center welcomes individuals who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as those grappling with general life transitions and relationship issues.


Samiha  Jallouqa

Samiha Jallouqa

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Aetna Student Health Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $43 - $155 per session

Allowing yourself to be supported and uplifted during times of unease is the first step towards becoming your best self. However, without adequate support, overcoming feelings of overwhelm, sadness, disconnection, or insecurity can be an isolating and exhausting experience. This why I understand the importance of finding the right therapist.

You may be seeking to feel truly heard and understood without judgment by someone you can truly trust to help you feel more grounded, confident, and satisfied in your everyday life. As a therapist, my main goal is to create that safe and trusting relationship to guide and empower you towards achieving ultimate personal growth and to begin feeling like the best version of yourself. Together, as a team, we will utilize our relationship as a solid foundation to explore and tackle your greatest hopes and challenges, with a bit humor and lots of compassion along the way. I also understand that suffering and healing looks different for everyone. For this reason, I utilize a culturally-sensitive, personalized blend of therapeutic approaches that best fits your unique needs.

I am extremely passionate about working with young adults and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds who may struggle with a sense of otherness and never fully feeling understood, with a specialization in Arab-American and Muslim mental health. I also love helping people overcome relationship difficulties, identity and self-esteem concerns, adjustment issues and major life transitions, trauma, anxiety, and depression.


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