Couples Counseling is Key to Recovery from Infidelity
If you’ve been betrayed, the discovery of an affair can be one of the most devastating experiences of your life. Even if you’ve suspected your partner’s been unfaithful, you may feel disbelief and shock when it’s confirmed.
Usually, there’s an initial flood of intense feelings such as hurt, rage, jealousy, fear, humiliation, confusion and deep grief. You may feel as if your entire world has been shattered, that everything is strangely surreal. You may suddenly find it hard to sleep, eat, think or function. As painful as it is, you may also feel profound relief. You now know the truth. You’re not crazy.
If you’ve been unfaithful, and your partner has discovered the affair, you will also probably be overwhelmed with feelings. You may feel guilty, remorseful, confused, frightened, defensive or ashamed. If the discovery took place some time ago and the two of you are attempting to pick up the pieces, you may feel frustrated, impatient, discouraged and even angry with how long it’s taking to restore trust and connection.
These powerful and overwhelming feelings may last for many months or longer if the trauma and anguish that accompany an affair are not worked through and allowed to heal. Rebuilding trust, honesty and closeness and healing the trauma of the affair can be a long and challenging process. Without question, it may be the hardest thing you’ll each ever have to do. Some couples do not recover. Many couples do. In fact, many couples say—despite the emotional pain and upheaval–the affair dramatically transformed their relationship for the better.
Whether you’re married or unmarried and you’ve been betrayed or you’ve been unfaithful, therapy can be a crucial part of the recovery process. In a safe, non-judgmental environment I provide therapy for both individuals and couples who are at the pre- or post-discovery stages of an affair.
Are you having relationship problems or family issues and need a licensed therapist and marriage counseling in Orange County? As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I work with individuals, couples and families who are searching for help and support with many different issues. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about an appointment, visit my contact page. Or click to view all of my Couples Counseling services.