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We all know that infidelity can shatter a relationship, leaving both partners feeling angry, hurt, and betrayed. It is without a doubt not an ideal situation. However, infidelity does not necessarily mean the end of a relationship. With help, many couples are able not only to make it through an affair but to come out even stronger, together, on the other side.

Here is advice on how to overcome infidelity from an infidelity counselor in Roseville, California. Below you will find practical steps on what to do when you find out there has been an affair. 

  1. End the affair. This may seem obvious but it has to be stated. For the sake of rebuilding trust, it is vital that the unfaithful spouse end the affair and cease all contact with the person with whom they were involved.

  2. Don’t make any immediate decisions. After finding out about an affair, you will be feeling emotional and reactive, and rightly so. You are more than justified in your feelings. However, it is a good idea to postpone any big decisions about your relationship or your life until these emotions have simmered down and your mind is clear.

  3. Take responsibility and apologize. For one reason or the other, one person broke the trust and went outside of the relationship for emotional and/or physical connection. He or she must take responsibility and apologize for their actions and the pain they have caused. It is also important, however, that the betrayed partner also accept responsibility and apologize for their contribution to the situation. This may feel difficult or counter-intuitive, but when both partners accept responsibility and apologize, instead of blaming or victimizing each other, the relationship has a much better chance of survival.

  4. Ask and answer questions. Our minds can be dangerous when left to their own devices and consequently it can be very helpful to the spouse who found out about the affair to have the opportunity to ask questions about what happened. Keep in mind, these questions should not dive too deeply into unnecessary or explicit details and the answering partner should be considerate and kind when answering. Do provide all details honestly and completely, however, honoring and allowing your partner their process.

  5. Have truth talks. Take turns telling each other the truth… about what happened, about how you are feeling, about how you contributed to the infidelity, about the future of your relationship. Don’t hold anything back. Let one partner talk while the other listens. Then, have the listening partner reflect back what they heard before switching roles.

  6. Show your partner empathy. The way a couple looks at and receives one another says a lot about whether the relationship will survive. In this situation, the unfaithful partner must show empathy for the grieving partner, allowing them to express all the emotions they will undoubtedly feel. And vice versa. If your intention truly is to repair and recreate your relationship, keep an open mind and open heart when it comes to your significant other.

  7. Grieve together. No matter what happens after an affair or whether a couple chooses to stay together when infidelity happens, both partners lose something they once held dear. Your old relationship is gone, the trust and confidence you had in one another, the vision of your future – all of these things must be grieved before you can begin to create something new.

  8. Recommit to the partnership. Trust can only be rebuilt when full commitment is present. Although both partners will probably be on an emotional roller coaster after an affair, making sure you both know that neither of you is going over is an important part of getting through the challenges together.

  9. Take time to do things together. Focus on spending time alone, just the two of you. Take this opportunity to get to know one another again. Couples that have shared interests and participate in enjoyable activities together recover from infidelity more quickly. 

  10. Focus on forgiveness. There will be a million different thoughts and feelings in both of your heads but if forgiveness and moving forward is what you want, then forgiveness and moving forward is what you must focus on.

  11. Seek professional help. A trained therapist is available for infidelity counseling in Roseville or Fair Oaks. The affair happened for a reason and its effects will be deep and long-lasting. Seeking the help of a therapist who specializes in infidelity and couples counseling will help both partners identify, understand, and resolve the underlying issues that caused the affair in the first place.

  12. Give it time. The road to overcoming infidelity can be long and winding. Stay focused on your commitment and create a vision that both of you can work towards.

I encourage you to get help as this is a lot to go through on your own. We are here and have helped many couples overcome this betrayal, rebuild trust and have a better marriage.  Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

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Other Services offered at The Relationship Therapy Center in California:

In addition to online therapy, Our Sacramento area counseling clinics located in Roseville and Fair Oaks, CA are pleased to offer a variety of mental health services. At the moment, all our therapy services are being offered online to comply with social distancing and the stay-in-place order issued by the state of California. We will discuss the importance of self-care and emotional support to help you cope with overcoming infidelity in your relationship.

Couples therapy for infidelity can be beneficial, with the right therapist. Our compassionate therapists are trained to walk you through the process to help you find healing and peace. Please contact our therapy office to learn more about the many ways we can help you and your loved ones heal, grow, and love well.