How Couples Can Cope With Betrayal

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Anna Osborn on Betrayal Trauma

Betrayal can be traumatic for both parties in a relationship. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Anna Osborn, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about finding a way to heal after infidelity has destroyed trust.

When we are in a place of great, great fear, we can’t look at a partner with empathy.
— Anna Osborn

Show Notes:

Betrayal in a relationship destroys any sense of safety. It is truly traumatic and makes it hard to trust yourself or your partner. In this In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and Anna Osborn, of Life Unscripted Counseling in Sacramento, Calif., talk about infidelity and other forms of betrayal, how they impact the partners and the complex path forward. They share insights on what it takes to rebuild trust, move past the anger and create a different relationship—no matter what that might look like.

Listen and learn:

  • The many ways that betrayal can happen in a relationship beyond being cheated on

  • Why betrayal is traumatic—to both parties

  • Where the journey of healing from betrayal begins—and it’s farther back than the affair

  • Why recovery from betrayal begins with learning survival skills

  • The complex emotions and many parts that need to be healed after betrayal

  • Why anxiety makes it hard to heal the relationship

  • The importance of empathy

  • How addressing betrayal immediately and dealing with it later are different journeys

  • The biggest single determinant of success for couples in therapy for betrayal

  • Why “what if’s” and “if only’s” don’t help

  • Two ways to trust—and why the most common way isn’t usually the best

  • Why “difference” is your best friend after a betrayal

  • Why betrayal makes it hard to trust yourself and your intuition

  • How the aftermath of betrayal is similar to surviving domestic violence or sexual assault

  • The ripple effect of betrayal on the family

  • Stay or split? Why the decision is different for every couple and every family

  • Why the right support is so important for healing and recovery


Learn More

> Anna Osborn’s website

> Anna Osborn on Facebook

> Shine Retreat for Women

> Her Life Unscripted podcast

> Fall mindfulness groups for women in Anne Arundel County, Md.

> Progression Counseling


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