Couples Therapy: How to Recover From an Affair

Jill-Squyres-Groubert

Private practice, Arvada, Colorado

Key Points

  1. Mark and Lisa, a couple in their early 50s, sought couples counseling after Mark admitted to having an ongoing affair with a younger coworker.
  2. The couple’s dynamic was affected by demanding jobs and physical separation, leading to feelings and symptoms of neglect, anxiety, and depression.
  3. Though Lisa and Mark presented individual clinical symptomatology, the main emphasis in couples therapy is to reestablish the relationship and rebuild trust.
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Presenter: Dr. Jill Squyres Groubert

Dr. Jill Squyres Groubert is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arvada, Colorado. She also does public speaking and has published the 8-Week Couples Therapy Workbook: Essential Strategies to Connect, Improve Communication, and Strengthen Your Relationship, which you can find wherever you usually buy your books.

Couple Presentation

Dr. Squyres Groubert talks about a couple she worked with to help them recover from an affair and rebuild trust in their relationship. Mark, the head of concierge services at a high-end resort, and Lisa, a nurse, were a couple in their early 50s. They met at a liberal arts college in Massachusetts in their late teens, and had been married for 25 years. They had no children by choice and, for most of their marriage, enjoyed an urban lifestyle and lots of recreational travel.

Presenting Complaint

They presented for couples counseling after Mark admitted to having an ongoing sexual affair for the previous 18 months. Lisa discovered it when she reviewed their credit card bills and saw Mark had spent thousands of dollars he couldn’t account for. Mark confessed to buying luxury items for Samantha, the 21-year-old coworker he’d been sleeping with.

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