Marital Affairs, Couples Therapy, Betrayal, Healing, Recovery, Counseling Therapy, Louisville, Kentucky, Anne Milligan
After the Affair: Healing the Pain of Betrayal
As anyone who has ever experienced the emotional pain of a marital affair will tell you, the sense of betrayal and grief is a lot like going through a death. It most certainly is the death of the relationship as the couple knew it. I (Anne Milligan) have seen many couples in therapy eventually come to realize that the affair was a wake-up call that heralded a whole new life (WITH REORGANIZED PRIORITIES) for the relationship. I have also seen marriages crumble beyond repair and two people destined to a life of bitter hate for each other (and many scenarios in between, including the development of a false recovery of the relationship, based on continued dishonesty between one or both of the individuals). While every couple's situation is different, there are a few things we can look at here that make a difference in how couples do or don't heal their relationship and recover the marriage:
Whether the unfaithful partner voluntarily confessed to the affair or was caught.
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