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Co-dependency prevents people from living their authentic lives – we give you the tools to help

Need help tackling co-dependency? Get in touch to find out how we can help

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What is co-dependency?

Co-dependency is a dysfunctional pattern of behaviour where an individual relies on and tries to control the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours of another persona. This often occurs at the expense of their own needs and well-being. Someone who is co-dependent has an extreme focus outside of themselves and their thoughts often revolve around other people such as a spouse, friend or relative.

How can Portobello Behavioural Health help?

Co-dependency often arises in relationships that are unbalanced or unhealthy, and often when someone is in a relationship with a person who has an addiction. Co-dependant individuals may struggle with low self-esteem and have difficulty setting and maintaining boundaries, both of which therapists can help with. Co-dependency often stems from a dysfunctional family system so therapists can work to address this. Through, therapy, coaching or group work individuals can be helped to set healthy boundaries, build their own self-esteem and learn to prioritise their own needs

How does it work?

Initial consultation
Speak to a member of our team, in confidence, so we can better understand your needs, how we might be able to help and discuss next steps.
Depending on what services we recommend the next step is a formal assessment either with a clinical psychologist or a member of the therapy team.
Define a path to greater wellness
You’ll meet the team working with you and chart a plan to help tackle the problems you are facing. The length of time you work with us will be driven by you and your needs – we will support you every step of the way.
Ongoing care
The path to better mental health and wellness is a life-long process. Our aim is that you will get to a point where you no longer need us. However, our team will always be available to provide ongoing support, advice or additional help should you need it.

A long history in behavioural health

Our bespoke support model allows us to help clients no matter what their current stage of recovery.
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Portobello Behavioural Health specialises in understanding the complexities of dysfunctional family dynamics. Helping individuals identify and tackle their co-decency forms the cornerstone of family recovery.

The foundations of healthy growth

Providing the best care

We are proud to have an experienced team of practitioners, many of whom are published and leading experts in their field. Our specialists are committed to delivering the best care to each person who receives support with us, and pride themselves on placing service users at the heart of their treatment and rehabilitation journey.

Practitioners engage in continuous professional development in order to guarantee that their practice is guided by the latest research and adheres to robust National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, and other relevant standards.
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Some common questions about co-dependency

Do you accept medical insurance?

We do not accept medical insurance.  In some instances, clients are able to reclaim the cost of our services from theirinsurance companies but we do not deal with insurance companies directly. If additional information is required by a client in making an insurance claim an administration fee is payable.

Does PBH follow a particular treatment approach or modality?

The way we support clients is flexible as we recognise that different people are at different stages in their road to wellness. We do not advocate or prescribe a particular modality but do recognise that clients who are engaged in self-destructive behaviours often need to be supported to stop or minimise the behaviour in order for their recovery to progress. However, we also acknowledge that this is not a linear process and as such lapses are frequent and we are adept at dealing with them.

How can you support someone who is co-dependent?

The key point is to try and encourage the person to seek help for themselves. They can often be so focused on others that they do not take care of themselves. Encourage them to seek therapy or a support group and encourage them to build self-esteem. The ultimate goal is to support the person to develop healthy relationships which are based on mutual respect.

How much does therapy/coaching/case management cost?

The prices for our services vary depending on what is required. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and we can explain what PBH can provide and how much it will cost.

Do you do online coaching?

Yes. We are able to support clients online. This works better in some instances than other, usually depending on the presentation and the person involved. Get in touch and speak to a member of the team and options can be discussed.

Do you do therapy online?

Yes. We have a number of therapists who specialise in working with clients online. Get in touch and we can match you up with the most suitable member of the team.

Are you CQC registered?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) oversees clinical and medical support in the UK.  Portobello Behavioural Health doesn't provide clinical or medical services and so we are not CQC registered. Therapists are registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Heath and Care Professions Council or a similar accrediting body. Case management and coaching are unregulated, non-clinical services. As such there is no governing or regulatory body that oversees this work. Any concerns, issues or complaints should be addressed to

Where are you based?

We operate from two offices, one in London and one in Guildford, Surrey. However, we provide support to clients across the world through case management, coaching and therapy. This may include remote or online support or it may mean our coaches travelling to clients in their home country.