Can Therapy Help With Betrayal and Infidelity?

by | Apr 7, 2022

According to recent research by the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Psychology and Neuroscience Department, 21% of men and 13% of women report infidelity during their lifetimes. Given the taboo nature of marital and relationship cheating, the number of people who step outside of a relationship might be even higher.

Just because cheating is common doesn’t make it hurt less. Recovering from infidelity can be an arduous process that a couple may not survive.

Have you experienced infidelity? Infidelity therapy may help you reconcile. Read on to learn more about how couples counseling, especially therapy after cheating, can change your life.

Infidelity Therapy Helps You Recover From a Cheating Partner

Discovering your partner’s cheating elicits powerful and sometimes confusing emotions. Anger and betrayal are common feelings, but so is a sense of loss. After discovering infidelity, you may mourn for the partner you thought you knew.

These emotions don’t occur in a specific order. You may feel them all at once, or they come in waves. One minute you feel blinding anger, and the next, an intense longing for your cheating partner.

Therapy after cheating helps you sort through and process these emotions. The feelings triggered by a cheating partner often interact with the trauma you experienced earlier in life. Individual therapy focuses on your feelings and how to forgive a partner or let go of the relationship.

Couples counseling is another infidelity therapy option for couples. In these sessions, you’ll examine possible relationship issues leading to your partner’s indiscretion. You’ll also gain valuable communication skills to help you rebuild broken bonds. 

Cheaters Need Help

Why do people cheat? It’s a behavior with severe and damaging concepts, yet people still do it.

Some of the common reasons people cheat are:

  • Loss of emotional connection
  • Lack of sexual excitement in a relationship
  • Revenge
  • Lack of boundaries

Loss of emotional connection and a lack of sexual excitement happen in even the most vital relationship. Couples lose the spontaneity and sexual excitement they felt in the beginning.

People cheat for another reason: unresolved childhood trauma. If you find yourself cheating or longing to cheat in every long-term relationship, individual therapy is an excellent way to resolve these issues and stop your damaging behavior patterns.

A pattern of cheating can signify self-sabotage. You owe yourself and any partner awareness of these issues and the work to resolve them. Therapy can help you stop these patterns by addressing the childhood issues causing your harmful behavior.

Have You Experienced Infidelity? Therapy Helps You Heal

Discovering infidelity is painful and isn’t easier to deal with despite how common it is. Feelings of betrayal, loss, and anger are all too common.

What about those who cheat? There are many logical reasons for it, but chronic cheating is often the signal of a much larger issue.

Don’t go through the process alone. If you’ve experienced cheating, infidelity therapy can help you overcome it. Contact me today for an intake appointment.