The discovery that your partner is having an affair can be a painful and emotional life experience. When an affair has occurred within your relationship, consider both your own personal recovery and the possible recovery of your relationship.
By Marcus Andrews
Marriage Relationships Sex & Intimacy
The discovery that your partner is having an affair can be a painful and emotional life experience.
The pain is often increased if your partner had the affair with someone with whom you were close, or who is known to you. Upon this discovery, you may be forced to make difficult and highly emotional decisions.
You will also be dealing with your own complex range of feelings, whilst processing the implications of the affair upon the future of your relationship. Every individual experiences and manages this process differently, and there are certainly no specific rules for dealing with this situation.
When an affair has occurred within your relationship, consider both your own personal recovery and the possible recovery of your relationship.
Recovery from an affair is possible, but it will take time, honest communication, and a strong commitment to repairing the relationship from both partners. Professional help – such as counselling – may assist you both in your efforts to understand why the infidelity occurred, and preventing infidelity from happening again in the future.
Marcus Andrews is the founder and director of Life Supports, which was established in 2002. He has extensive professional experience working as a counsellor and family therapist across a broad range of issues. The core component of his role at Life Supports involves the supervision of other counsellors, including secondary consultations. Marcus has worked in many sectors, including private, government, non-profit, health, forensic and community practice.