When it comes to codependency, there are many myths that surround this presentation in clients.

What’s more, the definition of codependency has changed over the years and has a different meaning from what it meant 30 years ago.

In this podcast episode, we speak with U.S. marriage and family therapist Darlene Lancer, who has been working in the field of codependency for over 27 years. She brings us up to date with what codependence is today and some of the important clinical presentations to look out for that may indicate codependence.

In this interview, Darlene also shares:

  • what is codependency and the modern definition of codependency
  • what are the myths about codependency
  • the symptoms of being codependent
  • what enabling has to do with codependency
  • when and where codependency starts
  • how the family of origin can contribute to codependency
  • how setting boundaries can actually help treat codependency
  • what part shame and guilt plays in codependency
  • what are the steps that can be taken in treating codependency
  • how to recover and completely heal from codependency

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About Darlene Lancer

Darlene LancerDarlene Lancer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and expert on relationships and codependency. She’s the author of two books: Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You and Codependency for Dummies. Her eBooks include: 10 Steps to Self-Esteem, How To Speak Your Mind – Become Assertive and Set Limits, Spiritual Transformation in the Twelve Steps, and Codependency Recovery Daily Reflections. Ms. Lancer has counseled individuals and couples for 27 years and coaches internationally. She’s a sought after speaker at national conferences, on radio, and to professional groups and institutions. Her articles appear in professional journals and Internet mental health websites, including on her own, www.darlenelancer.com and www.whatiscodependency.com, where you can get a free copy of “14 Tips for Letting Go.” Find her on YouTube, Twitter: @darlenelancer, and Facebook. You can contact her at via email.

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