In general, a successful relationship requires feelings of stability and security, physical and emotional intimacy and companionship. Unfaithfulness in a marriage or partnership can severely strain a relationship and the individuals involved. One partner’s affair can leave the other person feeling devastated, alone, betrayed, jealous, confused, and aggrieved. Affairs happen for a myriad of reasons, but the main reason appears to be relationship dissatisfaction or the personal gratification of obtaining an ego boost or a new sexual experience.
Couples counseling can help partners process their feelings surrounding the affair in a safe and open environment, and determine whether or not to continue the relationship after the incident.
Sometimes an affair ends a relationship, and other times couples are able to repair the relationship often making the relationship stronger as a result.