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
> Anna Osborn’s website
> Her Life Unscripted podcast
> Fall mindfulness groups for women in Anne Arundel County, Md.
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