Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity provides clinicians with tangible, research-oriented intervention strategies that can guide couples through the aftermath of an affair. In the treatment of an affair, there are several key elements that couples need to work through as a team, including assessment, working through the crisis phase, rebuilding trust, acknowledging the pain infidelity causes, repairing relationship issues, creating a dynamic sex life, choosing to stay in or leave the relationship, and forgiveness. This book will cover nine milestones in detail and offer a framework for how clinicians can offer helpful treatment at each step. Also included are case studies of particularly challenging couples that the author has worked with and a section at the end of each chapter on therapist self-care.
Angela Skurtu, MEd, LMFT, is a nationally certified sex therapist for AASECT and a licensed marriage and family therapist in Ballwin, Missouri. She is author of Pre-Marital Counseling: A Guide for Clinicians and co-host of "The About Sex Podcast," at aboutsexpodcast.com, which discusses various sexual health topics weekly. Angela has been interviewed for magazines, podcasts, radio, and television.
Preface Acknowledgments Milestone 1: Reducing the Impact of the Affair Milestone 2: Acknowledgment of the Pain the Affair Caused Milestone 3: Clarity Milestone 4: Choosing to Stay or Leave Milestone 5: Repairing the Unresolved Issues in the Relationship Milestone 6: Rebuilding Trust Milestone 7: Redefining the Relationship Milestone 8: Reclaiming a Healthy Sex Life Milestone 9: Forgiveness References Index