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801 people sought infidelity counseling help in South Carolina in the last year

Discover how starting infidelity counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Starting Infidelity counseling

What is Infidelity counseling?

Infidelity counseling is a specialized therapeutic approach designed for couples grappling with the aftermath of one or more partner’s infidelity. It offers a nurturing and non-judgmental environment where both individuals can delve into the underlying reasons behind the breach of trust, openly express their feelings, and collaboratively strive to mend their relationship.The overarching objective of infidelity counseling is to either facilitate a path to reconciliation, should both partners desire it, or guide them through the process of separation or divorce with clarity and empathy.

How does Infidelity counseling work?

Infidelity counseling combines various therapeutic techniques, such as individual and couples therapy, cognitive-behavioral approaches for changing destructive thought patterns, communication skills training for conflict resolution, Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) to rebuild trust, narrative therapy to reframe relationship narratives, and mindfulness practices for managing intense emotions. These methods work together to foster self-awareness, emotional healing, and the reconstruction of trust, leading to a healthier, more resilient relationship.

Is Infidelity counseling conducted in person or online?

Infidelity counseling at Thriveworks Columbia, SC is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Infidelity counseling last?

The number of sessions needed for infidelity counseling can greatly vary based on the specific needs of the individuals or couples involved and the complexity of the issues being addressed. Thriveworks infidelity counseling in Columbia, SC typically includes multiple sessions spanning from several weeks to several months, with the exact number of sessions decided in consultation with the therapist, considering the progress made during therapy and the therapeutic goals.

Need more help deciding?

Have you ever heard Hank Williams’ famous song about adultery, “Your Cheatin’ Heart?” This song expresses the pain many people experience after infidelity in a way that only a shaky, twangy voice could.

“Your cheatin’ heart will pine some day
And crave the love you threw away
The time will come when you’ll be blue
Your cheatin’ heart will tell you on you…”

A cheating heart. Infidelity. Adultery. An affair. Whatever term people use, it represents the same reality: cheating devastates relationships. When someone discloses or discovers an affair, it can ignite trauma and chaos within a couple, family, and possibly even community. Many people seek out help from a therapist as they navigate infidelity and heal, whether healing means reconciliation or separation.

The counselors at Thriveworks Columbia Adultery Therapy understand the pain, trauma, and confusion adultery produces in a relationship. They’ve helped many people find a path toward healing. (803) 477-3736

Can Marriage Counseling Help Infidelity?

In theory, infidelity is an uncomplicated idea: someone breaks the rules of a relationship. It’s why people also call it cheating. The relationship can be a marriage or a committed relationship in which “fidelity” – or faithfulness – was expected.

Unfortunately, reality is always more complicated than theory. There are infinite ways that a person can commit adultery. Infidelity can be an emotional affair that is kept secret and hinders a couple’s ability to connect. Infidelity can involve a sex addiction wherein a person solicits sex, has one-night stands, and more. Infidelity can also be a long-term, committed relationship in addition to a person’s primary or marriage relationship.

Regardless of what form the adultery takes, there are always constants. Infidelity always …

  • Breaks trust
  • Keeps secrets
  • Tells lies
  • Causes relational harm

Many spouses describe the relational harm from an affair as traumatic. When someone who is supposed to be trustworthy, loving, and kind betrays the relationship, the wound is especially painful.

Symptoms of adultery include:

  • Post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Difficulty maintaining focus
  • Insomnia
  • Physical pain
  • Vivid dreams
  • Flashbacks
  • Feelings of being unsafe
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Difficulty trusting anyone
  • Self-blame
  • Thoughts of suicide

If a couple has children, those children will feel the effects of instability in their family. Even if the children are too young to know about the affair, they can understand that something is wrong. If children know about the affair, they may resent the parent who cheated. Children may also internalize the family’s chaos and blame themselves.

Why Pursue Infidelity Therapy?

The wounds of infidelity are deep, but healing is possible, even if repairing the marriage is not. There are no magic formulas, but working with a counselor to recover after an affair is an important step for many people.

Skilled therapists have equipped many people with the skills they need to recover from infidelity. Through counseling, therapists may facilitate …

Better Communication
In Infidelity’s wake, communication often comes to a standstill. Couples may avoid talking about hard things or about anything at all. Couples may try to communicate, but it quickly escalates into a shouting match. An infidelity therapist can facilitate healthier communication so couples can make better decisions, about their future.

Establishing Relational Expectations 
When an affair is disclosed or discovered, the trauma can overwhelm people. Life might go into survival mode, and that’s ok for a while. A skilled adultery counselor can guide clients toward thinking and dreaming again. When they are ready, a couple may need to make important decision about their future and set new relational expectations. Counseling can guide that process.

Rebuilding Trust
Even if a couple separates, they may still be in each other’s lives to some degree, especially if they have children. If couples decide to reconcile, finding ways to rebuild trust may be one of the most important steps they take. Therapy can guide couples through how to rebuild the trust that was lost in betrayal.

Counseling for Adultery Can Help!

Are you trying to survive from infidelity and betrayal? Are you ready to heal from the trauma of infidelity? Wouldn’t it help to have support and guidance on this journey? Thriveworks Adultery Counseling Columbia, SC can help. (803) 477-3736

If you are dealing with adultery, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our trained and licensed adultery counselors can offer the support you need to heal from this devastating experience.  We offer appointments in a discrete and private setting. Infidelity therapists are available when you are – day, evening, and weekend appointment times.  We have no waitlist for adultery therapy in Columbia – you can often get an appointment in 24 hours.  Plus, we accept most major insurance plans to make counseling for infidelity more affordable.

If you’ve experience infidelity in your marriage or relationship, don’t wait another day to start your journey for hope and healing. Call Thriveworks Columbia Adultery Counseling today! (803) 477-3736

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Columbia therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Columbia is located on Executive Pointe Blvd off of Bush River Rd, just northwest of Interstate 20 on the north side of the Saluda River. Our building is neighbored by The Steele Law Firm; S.C. Press Association; and Thomas, Watson & Company. The closest bus stop is Bush Woodland WB. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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(803) 573-9453

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