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Digital Seminar

The Codependency Treatment Guide: CBT, Somatic Strategies and More to Disentangle Clients from Dysfunctional Relationships and Recover Self

Nancy L. Johnston, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC
6 Hours 16 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 07, 2022
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You see these clients all the time. Preoccupied with others, people with co-dependence issues desperately try to please, manage, or fix those in their closest relationships.

After years of putting their own needs aside these clients become stuck in externally focused selfsacrificing patterns they don’t even recognize. By the time they show up in your office with anxiety, depression and significant relationship issues they’ve completely lost their true selves.

But knowing what to do with these clients in therapy can be exasperating as again and again they shift the focus of sessions away from themselves and toward others. Their unwillingness to drop down into their own emotions, thoughts and actions can leave you feeling demoralized and drained as you spin your wheels session after fruitless session. If you’re not careful, you can end up joining the client as they look to solve their own problems by solving the problems of others.

Nancy Johnston has been a therapist for over 40 years and is an expert in the field of codependent relationships. The author of Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else, Nancy has helped thousands of clients extricate themselves from toxic codependency, connect with self, and live with more peace and confidence.

Now in this one-day seminar she’ll share the clinical tools and strategies you need to help clients break free from codependency, better balance their care of self and others, and achieve self-recovery.

Full of instantly useable cognitive strategies, somatic techniques, visual tools, case studies and exercises you’ll be able to:

  • Move your clients’ focus from external to internal for improved therapeutic results
  • Help clients face the realities of their relationships so they can make real changes
  • Improve clients’ ability to set healthy boundaries and let go of what they cannot control
  • Show your clients how they can take control of their emotions and start responding instead of reacting
  • Foster self-empowerment from the very first session
  • And much more!

You’ve seen codependent clients in your practice for so long now. Don’t pass on this expert led training so you can achieve incredible results and set clients on the path to living life for themselves.

Purchase now!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Nancy Johnston, LPC, LSATP, MAC, NCC, has been a therapist for over 40 years and is an expert in the field of codependent relationships. The author of Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else (2020). Nancy has helped thousands of clients extricate themselves from toxic codependency, connect with self, and live with more peace and confidence.

Nancy is Master Addiction Counselor and an AMHCA Diplomate in Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders. She has also authored two other books My Life as a Border Collie: Freedom from Codependency (2012) and Your Healthy Self: Skills for Working with Codependent Behaviors (2015).

In addition to working with individuals, couples, and families, she offers online workshops on "Self-Recovery" and designs and facilitates a Codependence Camp twice a year. 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’s Annual Conference, the Virginia Counselors Association’s Annual Conference, and Specialty Docket Training for the Virginia Supreme Court. More information about Nancy and her work is available at her website:

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nancy Johnston is an independent contractor with Dr. Kuley and Associates and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nancy Johnston is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors' Association, the Virginia Counselors' Association, the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and the Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals.


  1. Learn to identify the intra/interpersonal dynamics of codependency in clients presenting with anxiety, depression, and relationship problems and understand how codependency/loss of self in others can be foundational to worry, exhaustion, resentment, entrapment, sadness, hopelessness, and health problems.
  2. Determine the origins of codependent behaviours to support case conceptualization.
  3. Utilize mindfulness techniques to increase codependent clients’ awareness of their own feelings.
  4. Learn more than 15 cognitive strategies to develop and sustain self-recovery, including increased awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, self-monitoring, skill building, corrections of thoughts, psychoeducation through multiple visual tools and bulleted lists, and the development of daily practices.
  5. Use present moment awareness training to help clients tolerate frustration and respond rather than react.
  6. Use acceptance exercises that help clients let go of what they cannot control.


Codependence: Losing Oneself in Others

  • Conceptualizing codependence as loss of self in someone else
  • Developmental sources of codependence
  • Codependent behaviours vs. the label
  • Identifying codependence – how codependent clients look in therapy
  • Research, risks and treatment limitations

Intake and Assessment of Clients with Codependent Behaviours

  • Clinical dynamics to notice as you use your standard intake
  • Using the Holyoake Codependency Index
  • Relationship patterns/themes to look for
  • Establishment of mutuality in treatment work
  • Client goal setting
  • Case Study: 24 year-old in a serious relationship with a dominating partner

Psychoeducation and Early Sessions:

Set the Stage to Shift Clients’ Focus from External to Internal

  • Tools for educating the client about external vs. internal focus
  • How to avoid becoming the client’s external source of direction
  • Strategies to encourage self-empowerment from the very first session
  • Addressing clinical challenges and codependence in self
  • Case Study: Continue with 24 year-old feeling dominated by partner

Self, Others, and the Relationship:

Family of Origin and Parts Work to Help Clients Face Illusions and See the Realities

  • Influences on self: Individual, family systems, and social/cultural
  • Parts of self that emerged from family-of-origin experiences
  • Visual tools to teach relationships between self and other(s)
  • Gathering your clients’ trauma history
  • Case Study: 50 year-old mother of an alcoholic adult son who chronically relapses

Somatic and Cognitive Techniques:

Enhance Codependent Clients’ Awareness of Body, Mind, Feelings and Thoughts

  • Mindfulness techniques to increase awareness of body, mind and feelings
  • Bottom-up grounding tools to notice self in the moment
  • Cognitive strategies to increase awareness of thoughts
  • Exercises to help clients be with their feelings in safe, manageable ways
  • Tools clients can use to intervene on their own behalf

Build Self-Competence in Codependent Clients:

Strategies to Set Healthy Boundaries, Quiet Guilt, Manage Anxiety and More

  • Addressing the grief of accepting the realities of self, others and situation
  • Respond vs. react - present moment awareness to help clients tolerate frustration
  • Mindful breathing techniques for anxiety management
  • Set healthy boundaries with “I” statements
  • Tools for quieting guilty thoughts
  • Case Study: Continue with 50 year-old mother of relapsing adult son

Increasing Self-Empowerment and Self-Attunement:

Exercises and Practices That Show Clients They Can Count on Themselves

  • Acceptance exercises that help clients let go of what they cannot control
  • Show clients how to plan with self in mind
  • Practice acting on goals
  • Developing daily practices for self-awareness and self-responsiveness
  • Returning to self as a secure base and an anchor in the storms and delights of life


Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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