Do you feel betrayed, angry and heartbroken? Do you feel distrustful and hopeless? Living with a spouse who is a sex addict is terribly painful and distressing. But I am here to tell you that you are not alone. You can learn to stand tall and brave and strong no matter what your partner does.
In their groundbreaking work, Facing Heartbreak, authors Stefanie Carnes, Mari A. Lee, and Anthony Rodriguez offer a step by step guide to recovery for partners of sex addict. I empower individuals to take the necessary steps to get the most out of life.
I help spouses take the action steps necessary for her to live life to the fullest and break away from the negative spiral common to spouses of sex addicts. A typical negative cycle would include the following events. Addict behaves badly. Spouse cries, yells, or gives the cold shoulder. Addict promises to stop bad behavior. Spouse spies on addict by constantly checking his computer and cell phone. Spouse catches addict behaving badly again. Spouse cries, yells, etc.
The Sexual Trauma model helps to understand what spouses are going through. The erratic behaviors are symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are perfectly normal responses to trauma. Therapy helps to validate the wounding and victimization and helps the spouse to move towards healing and change.
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