Nancy Johnston – Codependence: Treatment Strategies for Clients Who Lose Themselves in Others

Nancy Johnston – Codependence: Treatment Strategies for Clients Who Lose Themselves in Others

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Nancy Johnston
3 Hours 5 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jul 09, 2020



Conceptualizing Codependent Dynamics in a Practical Way

  • Over-functioning for others while under-functioning for the Self
  • The physical and emotional costs of a “dominant external focus”
  • Codependence as a precursor to anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Assessment: Broadening Your Lens to Include the Codependence Paradigm

  • How to identify and address codependence without stigmatizing
  • Self-understanding (the why), self-awareness (the what), and skill sets (the how)
  • Addressing the grief that underlies acceptance of reality
  • What’s missing from the Stages of Change

Treatment Tools: Help Clients Detach from Codependence and Anchor Within the Self

  • Setting goals that make sense
  • Shifting focus from external to internal
  • 3-part boundary setting skills
  • Visuals to illustrate the relationship between the self and others
  • Building “quiet reactivity”
  • Breaking through the illusion of control
  • Daily practices for self-awareness and self-care
  • And more!

Case Studies:

  • 50 y/o mother, overly enmeshed with adult child who repeatedly relapses from alcohol recovery
  • 36 y/o, depressed and insecure, unsure of role at work, feels excluded and inconsequential
  • 17 y/o, discouraged and hesitant to share true thoughts and feelings with partner


Nancy Johnston, MS, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC Related seminars and products: 1

Private Practice

Nancy L. Johnston, MS, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner in private practice in Lexington, VA. With 43 years of clinical experience, Nancy is Master Addiction Counselor and a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders through the American Mental Health Counselors Association. She has authored two books published by Central Recovery Press: Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else (2011) and My Life as a Border Collie: Freedom from Codependency (2012). Nancy’s third book, Your Healthy Self: Skills for Working with Codependent Behaviors (2015) is self-published and only available through her. A second edition of Disentangle is scheduled to be released by her publisher in July, 2020. 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 Annual Conference, and the Virginia Counselors Association Annual Conference. Nancy offers skill-building workshops for self-recovery at her office suite in Lexington, VA, and she has created and facilitated 27 Codependence Camps which are “Recover Your Self” weekend retreats offering extensive curriculums for self-recovery and growth. More information about Nancy and her work is available at her website:

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Nancy Lohr Johnston maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Nancy Lohr Johnston is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors’ Association (AMHCA); and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).


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