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Category: Trauma

Post Infidelity Stress Disorder (PISD): A Trauma Reaction to the Betrayal of an Affair

According to Ortman (2005), 60% of partners who were sexually betrayed experienced signs and symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress). Generally PTSD is attributed to a threat or fear response to a traumatic event. These can include experiencing, witnessing or hearing about the event. Although PISD (Post Infidelity Stress Disorder) is…

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New Years “Simple Commitments” Rather Than “Resolutions”

What an opportunity to start 2018 in a different way, a new way, even a fun way. Rather than making New Year’s resolutions, which inevitably fall short for the majority, focus on small daily change. What change are you willing to create in you that are realistic and attainable. There…

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The Trauma of Infidelity: the Assessment Phase

In order to properly understand where to begin working with a couple dealing with the trauma of an extramarital involvement, a comprehensive assessment in the early stage of therapy is critical. As the therapist, we need to initially understand if the couple is still in crisis because the affair was…

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The Trauma of an Affair: Telling the Story

In my last blog, I explored the stages of restorative couples therapy after the trauma of an affair and the importance of establishing “Safety” and “Hope”. Reconnecting a couple to doing the behaviours that they hope their emotions will become in the relationship is critical. Reconnecting caring behaviours, even when…

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