Therapists Specializing in Codependency in Washington DC

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 Washington DC 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!


Melissa  Divaris Thompson

Melissa Divaris Thompson

Online Sessions, VA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $275 per session

You may feel like you are functioning in life, but struggling underneath. With so much uncertainty in the world, you may be experiencing more anxiety, sadness, or overwhelm. Perhaps you are struggling in your intimate relationship, with your family or friends or by yourself. No matter your situation, talking to someone can be helpful to feel more grounded, clear, and less stressed.

In allowing ourselves to feel, we create a space within to open and grow. In our busy lives, we often forget our true nature and end up feeling stuck, tired, anxious and unhappy.

As a holistic and depth oriented therapist, my role is to support my adults and couples in finding wholeness — mind, body, and spirit — creating more joy, ease, and healthy relationships. I help my clients remember their empowered authentic voice and “tap back in” to their true self.

In a safe and warm environment, my clients are able to explore their past and their present, to understand what’s missing in their life, what they truly yearn for, and what is keeping them apart from that. Through this exploration, I help clients express their inner most desires, bringing more peace, balance, and happiness to their lives.


Uzma  Knouss

Uzma Knouss

4905 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 per session

As a therapist, I believe it is my job is to help clients understand and create meaning of the problems they are experiencing and uncover how these problems are affecting their lives. Together we will learn how to make the changes that you need to in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life.


The Woolf Center

The Woolf Center

932 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850

4405 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $195 per session

Isolation is a major challenge for many of us right now. You are not alone – and at the Woolf Center, we are here to remind you of that. We will help you learn to cope through these and other challenging times. Life is tough, especially nowadays – we hear you and see you, and we understand. We have services available for you whether you are a teen, young adult or a parent.

If you've experienced trauma, the single most important protective factor for healing is to have a community, and a support system. We can help catch you if you feel like you've fallen, and help lift you back up.

If you're feeling burnt out, know this is a real phenomenon for professionals, parents, and caretakers. Therapy is available to help you give a little back to yourself. We strive to show you care, the same way that you do for others. We work closely with you to ensure you are equipped with self-awareness and personal-care tools for sustainable, positive change.

All of our providers at the Woolf Center utilize evidence-based practices for treatment. This includes modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Perinatal Mental Health. All of our therapists are experienced with trauma, whether you have life trauma or a specific event that you perceive as a traumatic experience. You will not have to tell us anything you don't want to, but we will help you with increasing joy, satisfaction, and contentment in the here and now -- no matter how you feel when starting out.


Aly  Lynch

Aly Lynch

Online Sessions, VA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $100 per session

I view therapy as an agent of change, and am excited to partner with you to make meaningful changes in your life. My aim is to provide unbiased feedback, compassionate support, and expert guidance throughout your discovery and change process. Together we will explore ways to be more effective at reaching your goals and managing your challenges. You can expect me to foster a strong and supportive therapeutic alliance, within which you will learn new skills and insight. It is my privilege to know your story and participate in your growth. There is no secret, but together we can find solutions and create lasting improvements in your life.


Online Virtual Counselors

Online Virtual Counselors

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, MD

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

Online Virtual Counselors is a group practice whose providers offer online therapy and psychological support to clients living in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, DC, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts Maryland, Colorado, California and Washington. They specialize in working with all childhood disorders, individuals and couples for anxiety, trauma. relationship counseling, addictions, and infidelity.

Online Virtual Counselors are committed to providing supportive and highly individualized care for their clients, and helping them navigate times of transition and change within their relationships, family, career, and identities.


Deborah  Hecker

Deborah Hecker

5225 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20015

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Hi I'm Dr. Deb Hecker and I am delighted to meet you.  I have been in private practice for over 35 years in several major US cities.  I work with individuals and couples.  When prescribed properly, I am a big believer in psychotropic medications.  If you were to ask my clients how they would describe me, they would likely use words like "bold," "benevolent," and "loyal." I am an active collaborator in the treatment process and very direct with my clients.  It is very important to me that people understand their own development and conflicts. I answer all questions.  My clients would also say I am very kind, compassionate and a great listener.  Once I make a commitment to a client, I am easily accessible.


Jonathan  Kirkendall

Jonathan Kirkendall

1633 Q Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20009

Online Sessions, DC

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $215 per session

There’s almost always more than one way to solve a problem or address an issue in your life. But which approach is right for you? I specialize in answering that question -- looking at the challenge or obstacle you’re facing from several different angles. Maybe you feel stuck, or anxious, or have something that you just keep doing, and that thing has become the obstacle. My job is to listen and suggest ways to address that obstacle, and allow you to return to your natural state of mental well-being.


Adam  Prestegord

Adam Prestegord

2 Herbert Street, Alexandria, VA, 22305

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, VA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $110 - $165 per session

Thanks for your interest. I hope to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and assist you towards your personal goals. I work as a psychodynamic therapist, meaning that together we can examine how unconscious beliefs, past relationships, and our interactions in the present moment affect you and your current concerns. Additionally, I use CBT and mindfulness strategies to help develop healthy coping skills. I specialize in the LGBTQ population, but welcome all who are seeking support and wanting to build personal insight.


Hannah  Wilson

Hannah Wilson

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, MD

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Having a space where all of you is welcomed, understood and supported can be a deeply healing experience. Your strengths, gifts, challenges, life story and experiences, the tender, painful, scary or confusing parts, the things you've never told anyone else- it's all welcome and deserves a safe space to be heard, honored and tended to with compassion. You're in the right place, you deserve to be here and I'm so glad you're here!


Emily  West

Emily West

1724 20th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20009

Online Sessions, DC

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Sometimes we worry that coming to therapy means something is wrong. I believe it means something is right.

Often my clients find themselves facing more decisions and questions about who they are and what they want out of their lives and relationships than ever before. This is an important time in life when many people ask themselves: How can I feel like what I do matters?

In therapy, we are curious about who we are, how we got to this place in our lives, about our relationships, and our larger environment. In therapy, we think about change and take the brave steps that lead to change happening.

My approach to therapy is compassionate, direct, and authentic and I keep in mind that therapy is not always about problems and unhappiness. Therapy can also be about happiness and contentment. Throughout the therapy process, many people experience increased self-acceptance, feeling more centered, grounded, and connected.


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