Codependency is defined as a psychological condition or relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition, such as addiction; and in broader terms, it refers to the dependence on the needs of or control of another. It also often involves placing a lower priority on one’s needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others. Codependency can occur in any type of relationship, including family, work, friendship, and also romantic, peer or community relationships. Codependency may also be characterized by denial, low self-esteem, excessive compliance, or control patterns. Libby Balch has experience helping those who are codependent to recognize this condition and learn skills that promote growth and strength, both individually and relationally.