I hold a level II certification in addictions counseling and have worked extensively in dual diagnosis settings at a county level. I have work with clients that were incarcerated due to addictions and also specialize in co-occurring addictions work that recognizes addictions is often about unaddressed mental health issues.
This is the most widely used type of talk therapy to challenge and or accept thoughts and feelings that create positive or negative outcomes.
This type of therapy is using mindfulness practices to empower clients to become more self aware and integrate the disconnected parts of self.
Co-dependency is often rooted in early childhood experience of abandonment and attachment issues. It also happens to be co-occurring in clients that have addiction issues. I often talk about co-dependent issues with most of my clients that struggle with boundary issues.
I have done addictions counseling for multiple forms of addiction to include drugs, alcohol, the addictive personality type, gambling, eating disorder, etc.
We are all empathic to some degree. Some more than others. I am very empathic which has helped me help others with high anxiety issues and PTSD for the highly sensitive individual