Couples Counseling for Affair and Infidelity Recovery with Earl Ledford, LCSW in Melbourne, Florida
Certified Affair Recovery Professional
An important part of affair recovery is to make sure you find a therapist that has extensive experience
in working with couples struggling to overcome the devastation of an affair or other infidelities.
An experienced therapist is of the utmost importance when it comes to a couple working through the aftermath of an affair or other infidelity.
When selecting a therapist to help you during the most difficult thing that can happen in a marriage ask the prospective therapist how much experience they have and how many sessions do they conduct each week for affair recovery. You want to set an appointment with one that conducts a minimum of five to seven therapy sessions, with other couples, per week.
When you have selected a therapist or counselor you want to make sure that on your first session he or she does not focus on normal marriage or couples counseling. If he or she minimizes the position of the one that was not involved in the affair during the first session find another therapist!
Call me at 321-213-7370! The first stages of affair recovery are critical and normal marriage counseling can result in permanent damage to the relationship and the nonparticipating person.
Following are some of the most common myths or faulty beliefs about extramarital affairs and infidelity (Research findings debunking these myths are presented in the next section and throughout this paper):
An affair inevitably destroys the marriage.
Human beings are naturally monogamous.
Monogamy is the norm in our society and most other societies.
Society, as a whole, supports monogamy. Men initiate almost all affairs.
An affair always means there are serious problems in the marriage.
Infidelity is a sign that sex is missing or unsatisfactory at home.
Women are more likely to have an affair because they feel unhappy in their marriages while men, on the other hand, will do it just for sex.
Men who have affairs are more likely to do so without emotional involvement, whereas women's affairs are more often accompanied by emotional involvement.
Telling all the details of the affair to the betrayed spouse will help heal the marriage.
Affairs should always be disclosed to the uninvolved partner (regardless of the potential for domestic violence or even murder when such disclosure take place).
Men are more concerned about their romantic partners having passionate sex with someone else, while women are more concerned that their partners are falling-in-love with someone else.
Most people are monogamous, so an affair indicates a moral failure, character deficiency and a failure of the marriage.
People generally seek in an affair what they do not get at home from their spouse.
Concerns about AIDS will reduce the frequency of affairs.
Marital sex is always safe sex.
Internet sex and Internet infidelity are not considered extramarital affairs.
Extramarital affairs are never consensual.
Parental infidelity increases the likelihood of their children's infidelity.
Contact Earl Ledford, LCSW
Certified Affair Recovery Professional
I offer intensive care sessions of extended duration from 4 to 8 hours. For couples that do not live in the Melbourne, Florida area i offer two intensive sessions on Friday and Saturday.
Following are some basics facts about marital affairs and infidelity that often contradict and debunk the above myths:
Most couples survive the affair rather than end up in divorce.
Many couples, in fact, come out of the infidelity crises stronger and more committed.
Society gives lip service to monogamy, but actually supports affairs through role-models, advertisements, TV, news media, literature and the movies.
Infidelity is an equal opportunity issue that cuts across gender lines, educational levels, sexual orientation, social and economic class and culture. Women are rapidly catching up to men's stats of infidelity.
Infidelity is a choice. No one and no circumstances "force" anyone to be unfaithful.
Non-monogamous relationships are common in some gay communities. Some gay couples consciously, intentionally and systematically negotiate non-monogamous relationships.
The effect of infidelity can be negative, neutral or positive.
Jealousy is biologically wired and also socially constructed.
Modern western cultures tend to over-emphasize the importance of monogamy in marriage in comparison to values such as kindness and compassion.
Many individuals who get involved in an affair have not been able to go beyond the romantic (unrealistic and often short term) ideal or falling-in-love phase that often characterizes the first phase of romantic relationships.
Sexual infidelity by a woman, either actual or suspected, significantly increases the likelihood of spousal battering and spousal homicide.
No marriage is immune from affairs. Preventing infidelity requires ongoing, honest communication and commitment to sexually exclusive monogamy, among other measures.
As infidelity takes place in a certain social, historical and evolutionary context, no couple can fully understand why an affair happens by looking only at their own marriage.
A conservative interpretation of infidelity statistics suggests that although perhaps roughly 2/3 of all married couples remain faithful, the other one third will experience infidelity over the course of a marriage. Some of the estimates in the United States are: 1 in every 2.7 couples, some 20 million, is touched by infidelity.
Narcissistic individuals may be especially prone to marital infidelity.
While some of those who were involved in affairs report high marital satisfaction, research has shown, not surprisingly, a general inverse correlation between marriage satisfaction and infidelity.
People having affairs tend to rationalize their behavior, and a part of that rationalization is ignoring or denying the possibility of any negative consequences, such as divorce or acquiring STD.
When someone has an affair, it doesn't necessarily mean he or she isn't "getting enough" at home. Many researchers have found out that one can feel a strong attachment to the spouse and still be madly attracted to and romantically in love with someone else.
Contrary to one commonly held view, many people who report being in happy marriages commit adultery. Shirley Glass's ground breaking research revealed that 56% of men and 34% of women who were involved in affairs reported that their marriages were happy.
Generally affairs that take place earlier on in the marriage are more highly correlated with dissatisfaction than those that take place later on in the marriage.
Men in long-term marriages, who had affairs, had very high marital satisfaction. On the other hand, women in long-term marriages who had an affair had very low marital satisfaction.
Some research reports that extramarital sex can increase sexual activity within the marriage. The hydraulic pump theory that there is only that much sexual energy available and it is spent outside the marriage with nothing left for the spouse, has been debunked by several researchers.
Some affairs are better kept secret. Not all affairs must be disclosed. There are situations where disclosure can result in domestic violence or even murder or trigger extreme emotional response by the psychologically vulnerable, uninvolved partner.
Some couples consent to extramarital affairs. Sometimes the consent is implicit and at other times is explicit. It can be passive or actively formed and openly constructed.
A striking paradox is that while polls indicate 90 percent disapproved of extramarital relationships, almost a third engaged in relationships.
Unlike what we may predict from analytic or behavioral therapies, there are no findings on the influence of parental infidelities on the likelihood of their children engaging in infidelity.
Having children increases the likelihood of marital affairs.
Lifetime rates of infidelity are twice as high among men and women who have been divorced or legally separated.
Not only did AIDS not reduce infidelity, in fact less than one-half of individuals reporting sex outside the marriage use condoms with their primary and secondary sex partners.