The Path to Recovery
Without a concrete road map for helping couples heal from infidelity, it’s easy for therapists to get lost in the labyrinth of emotions. Using video clips, this workshop will provide a nuts-and-bolts, step-by-step plan for dealing with different phases of recovery, from the crisis of discovery through forgiveness. Learn how to effectively coach both betrayed and unfaithful partners to undertake specific tasks to heal personally, strengthen their relationship, and master tools for navigating the complex, zigzag road to recovery, where progress can alternate with setbacks from week to week. You’ll explore how to work with an array of post-affair issues, and consider:
- When and how to discuss the details of the betrayal, and whether to give an ultimatum to end the affair
- How to handle secrets and help partners begin to rebuild trust through “x-treme” accountability
- How to help clients manage rumination and self-sabotaging thoughts, and offer apologies that matter
- How to deal with inevitable setbacks and instill hope when couples experience “recovery fatigue”
Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW, the director of the Divorce Busting Center, is a TEDx speaker and the author of several bestselling books, including The Sex-Starved Marriage, Divorce Busting, and Healing from Infidelity.