Relationship Help from Relationship Expert Bree: Recovering from an Infidelity
When a man or a woman comes to me for relationship help with dealing with an infidelity they are usually devastated. Finding out your partner has cheated is one of the most emotionally painful experiences one can go through. Unfortunately, infidelity is more common than one would like to think. Here are some relationship help tools to guide you through this difficult time.
Initial Shock. It is very important to give yourself amble time to move through the initial shock stage. This is a normal human reaction; however, I encourage you to not make any major decisions during this time, as it is only a phase of the process.
What Do You Want? After you move past the shock phase you will need to decide what it is you really want from now on. This is the time to decide if your relationship is worth saving
Create A Strategy. Once you make up your mind as to what you want to do about your relationship, you need a plan of action. This involves having a step-by-step course of action to either rescue your relationship or end it.
Allow. Allow yourself the time to go through the grieving process. This process involves four stages; denial, bargaining, anger, and acceptance. Even choosing to stay with your partner involves going through this process because the relationship as you knew it is now over.
Get Help. At this stage, it is critically important to secure help and support. Friends, family, and a professional specializing in relationships make for a great support team to help save your relationship or move past it.
Recreate. In this final step, you will rebuild your life either with or without your partner. This is actually a fantastic opportunity to build a new relationship with your partner that is going to be healthier and stronger. If you choice to leave your relationship, although it will be difficult you can come out of it a stronger, wiser, and more deeply enriched person because of the experience.
Acclaimed Life Coach Bree Maresca-Kramer M.A. holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, has over fifteen years of clinical experience working with individuals and couples, and has been featured on NBC, CBS, The CW, FOX NEWS, National Radio Programming, The Chicago Tribune, Shape Magazine, In-Touch Magazine, The Nest Magazine, Woman’s Day Magazine, E-Harmony, AOL, and is a Relationship Expert Columnist for The Huffington Post.
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