Susan McGrath is a Hoffman Graduate and psychotherapist with experience across a wide range of issues including trauma, phobia and depression. In this article we asked her to talk about one of the root causes of so many patterns that we see on the Process: the role of attachment in co-dependency and addiction.
'Codependency starts in childhood with our family of origin and stems from how our dependency needs were or weren't met. Unlike many other species a human child needs closeness and attentiveness over many years to grow into a healthy adult. When there's less than nurturing parenting, for whatever reason, a child begins to internalise the belief that they're not good or loveable enough. Shame and anxiety is created and the scene is set for codependency to take hold.
One of the strengths of the Hoffman Process is exploring these childhood wounds. Through tried and tested techniques you work through the pain, relieving the symptoms which can vary from anxiety, depression, failure to get into a relationship or to multiple failed relationships, to name just a few.'
to read Susan's article and take her '10 signs of codependency' quiz.