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How Can Couples Therapy Help - Finding Hope After Infidelity

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

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Have you ever been in a relationship where you felt like you and your partner were speaking different languages? Or maybe you're going through a tough time and feel like your partner just doesn't understand you anymore. It's normal for relationships to have ups and downs, but when those downs start to outweigh the ups, it can be a sign that something needs to change.

One of the most common issues that couples face is infidelity. It can be a devastating experience, and it's not always clear how to move forward. But what if I told you that there is hope? That forgiveness and healing are possible, and that seeking help from a couples therapist can make all the difference?

As a clinician, I am often encouraging my clients to do a bit of self study, knowledge is power in all aspects of our lives so why would it be any different when it comes to relationship matters?

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"The State of Affairs" by Esther Perel is a book that explores the complex dynamics of infidelity in modern relationships. Here are some of the key points from the book:

1. Infidelity is common and often misunderstood

Perel argues that infidelity is a common occurrence in modern relationships and that it is often misunderstood as a purely selfish act. She suggests that infidelity can actually be a way for people to seek connection and fulfillment in their lives, and that it is important to understand the underlying motivations behind it.

2. Infidelity is not always about sex

Perel notes that infidelity is not always about sex, but can also be a way for people to explore other aspects of their identity, such as power, control, or intimacy.

3. Monogamy is not the only option

Perel challenges the idea that monogamy is the only way to have a successful relationship, and suggests that people should be more open to exploring other forms of intimacy and connection.

4. Forgiveness is possible

Despite the pain and hurt that infidelity can cause, Perel argues that forgiveness and healing are possible, and that many couples are able to repair their relationships after an affair.

5. Communication is key

Finally, Perel emphasizes the importance of communication in relationships, especially when it comes to discussing difficult topics like infidelity. She suggests that couples should be open and honest with each other, and that they should work together to create a shared understanding of what their relationship means to them.

Do any of these key points resonate with you? Are you struggling with some of these points in your relationship?

Interested in finding out more and what does it all mean for you and your relationship? it's okay to ask for help.

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We offer a free 15 minute no obligation consultation to see if our therapist would be a good fit for you and your partner. We understand that seeking help can be scary, but we believe that everyone deserves a chance at a happy and healthy relationship.

Our therapist is trained to help couples communicate effectively, understand each other's needs, and work towards a shared understanding of what their relationship means to them. Whether you're dealing with infidelity, trust issues, or simply struggling to connect, we're here to help.

So if you're ready to take the first step towards a stronger, healthier relationship, reach out to us for help today. Remember, it's never too late to seek help, and you and your partner deserve the best possible chance at happiness.


Your Story Counselling Services offers free 15-minute no-obligation consultations as well as full sessions at a low cost.

We also have a full team of experts including psychotherapists, therapist interns, and more.

Overcoming Your Anxiety With a Psychotherapist

There are many things you can do to curb your anxiety such as taking time for yourself, learning to say no, and putting aside your differences. A psychotherapist can also be very helpful.

To learn more, book an appointment for online couples therapy with us here.

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What is infidelity?

Infidelity is any act of sexual or emotional betrayal in a relationship. This can include having an affair, sending or receiving explicit messages, or developing an emotional connection with someone outside of the relationship.

How to heal from infidelity trauma?

Acknowledge your feelings. It's important to allow yourself to feel the pain of infidelity, even if it's difficult.

Talk to someone you trust. This could be a friend, family member, therapist, or support group.

Take care of yourself. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising.

Give yourself time. Healing from infidelity takes time. Don't expect to feel better overnight.

How can couples therapy help with infidelity ?

Help you communicate more effectively. A therapist can help you and your partner learn how to communicate better about your feelings, needs, and expectations.

Help you rebuild trust. A therapist can help you and your partner develop a plan for rebuilding trust.

Help you decide if your relationship is worth saving. A therapist can help you and your partner explore your options and make the best decision for your future.

Is rebuilding trust after infidelity possible ?

Yes, it is possible to rebuild trust after infidelity, but it takes time, effort, and commitment from both partners. Couples therapy can be a helpful tool in rebuilding trust, as it can provide a safe space for couples to communicate openly and honestly about their feelings.

Here are some tips for rebuilding trust after infidelity:

  • Be honest and transparent. The unfaithful partner needs to be completely honest with their partner about what happened and why. They should also be willing to answer any questions their partner has, no matter how difficult.

  • Take responsibility for your actions. The unfaithful partner needs to take full responsibility for their actions and apologize to their partner. They should also be willing to make amends for the pain they have caused.

  • Be patient and understanding. It takes time to rebuild trust. The betrayed partner may need time to heal and forgive. They may also have triggers that remind them of the infidelity, and their partner needs to be understanding and patient during these times.

  • Seek professional help. Couples therapy can be a helpful tool in rebuilding trust. A therapist can help couples communicate more effectively, understand each other's needs, and develop a plan for moving forward.

Rebuilding trust after infidelity is a difficult process, but it is possible. With time, effort, and commitment, couples can rebuild their relationship and move on from the infidelity.


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