Challenges in Couples Therapy: Insights When Dealing With Affairs

Jill-Squyres-Groubert

Private practice, Arvada, Colorado

Key Points

  1. Differentiating between partners with serial affairs and those involved in isolated affairs is crucial in understanding the dynamics of infidelity and the potential for change within a couple’s relationship.
  2. Isolated affairs reflect problems in the relationship, sometimes both individually and as a couple.
  3. Dealing with affairs involves complex challenges, such as the difficulty of giving up the lover, the pain of betrayal, the struggle to forgive, and the importance of moving forward without forgetting the past.
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Dr. Squyres Groubert encountered a case involving an affair, a common issue that can severely strain relationships. While specific reasons may vary from couple to couple, there are general matters that need to be identified and addressed when dealing with affairs. One important distinction to make is between individuals who engage in serial affairs and those who only had one affair.

Serial Affairs

Partners with a history of serial affairs can be difficult to change, as some may consider multiple affairs to be acceptable and believe their spouses should accept them. In such cases, a betrayed spouse often seeks individual therapy to cope with a partner who is unwilling to change. However, there are cases in which a couple attends therapy because the partner who had serial affairs does want to change.

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