We are hard wired to attach through relationships, attachment with others is innate. The main reason that people seek therapy are problems with relationships. Such problems might arise at home, at work, or they might appear as a general feeling of not fitting in. Relationships are all around us, relationship with others not only intimately. Relationship issues affect children as well as adults.
We are created to be relational. Relationships are everywhere, we are interactive and relational with people we meet on the street, coworkers, family, romantic, and with our self. The process of learning how to be relational begins during fetal development, and continues throughout our entire life. As we progress from one phase to the next we build upon lessons learned, by actively bringing them into the next phase. Healthy relationships learned during infancy and throughout each phase of our life, will continue as long as our self-worth is also healthy and intact. Unhealthy relationships characteristically result in a lowering of our self-worth. For a variety of reasons, we are exposed to a range of relationships, both healthy and unhealthy. The state of our self-worth will have much to do with our choice to be involved in those relationships. Whether infidelity is involved or not, couples counseling is important to begin the process of relationship healing!
Offering a supportive environment for any stage of the relationship dissolution; separation, divorce, or transition.
The end of a relationship is very often isolating and stigmatizing, and may affect virtually all aspects of one's life. Issues of betrayal and rejection, injured self-esteem, lack of closure, financial/lifestyle changes and co-parenting intensity the emotional process. Divorcing adults and their children need to be listened to, and need validation from someone who understands their experience. Individual, couple, and family sessions may all be supportive approaches during this very challenging life transition.
Infidelity refers to a fracture within a committed partnership, a partnership based on trust and mutuality. Any relationship outside of the committed partnership can be considered infidelity.... any investment of time, money, energy, etc. that is taken away from the committed partnership.
Beyond the damage to the committed partnership, Infidelity may also involve implications of cultural, religious and legal aspects. Sexual infidelity is rarely about sex! Typically, what is sought after is something missing in their own life - a sense of self-worth, relational issues, self-identity, self-care, and an understanding of moderation.
Other Types of Infidelity: