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The Process of Couple Healing Following Infidelity
Infidelity can have a devastating effect on marriages and individuals. This qualitative study explores the process of healing from infidelity and therapist behaviors that facilitate this process. In-depth client interviews suggest that healing occurs as couples pass through a seven-step process: (1) exploration of emotions and thoughts surrounding the infidelity, (2) expression of these to their partner, (3) development of empathy, (4) softening of emotions, (5) acceptance of personal responsi-bility and reduction of blame, (6) establishment of accountability, and (7) restoration of trust. While initially these factors occur sequentially, the process gradually becomes non-linear. Therapist behaviors which facili-tate healing from infidelity are discussed. doi:10.1300/J398v06n04_01 [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Ser-vice: 1-800-HAWORTH.