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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 Columbus, OH 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 Columbus, OH 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?

It feels like stories about adultery are everywhere on the news and Internet: the athlete getting around, the politician and the intern, the celebrities who couldn’t help themselves. These stories quickly become clickbait because people eat up the juicy and dramatic details: who was involved, how they were caught, and how the spouse is responding. Affairs and infidelity capture the public’s attention.

Unfortunately, if infidelity has rocked your marriage or relationship, you know it isn’t glamorous. No, it is a crisis. Adultery has brought long-term and brand-new marriages to an end. However, some couples survive infidelity. What is the right response? After infidelity, this is just one of the many difficult decisions that couples face. While only the people in the relationship can make these hard choices, there is guidance and help along the way. Therapists have helped many couples overcome relational crisis and find healing, whether they continue the relationship or not.

Thriveworks Columbus counselors know that infidelity is a time of crisis—not juicy fuel for clickbait. They have helped many couples redefine their relationship so that it is healthier and safer, whether they choose to reconcile or separate.

The Pain of Infidelity

An affair. Cheating. Adultery. Infidelity. These many words describe the same idea: someone in a devoted relationship broke the expectations of fidelity for that relationship. Marriage vows may have codified the expectations of fidelity, or the expectations may have been part of a couple’s agreed-upon standards. Either way, the infidelity is a deeply painful betrayal.

Because the betrayal happens within an intimate relationship, it is all the more painful. Infidelity can reverse the world: safety is replaced with pain… honesty is replaced with lies… deep connection is replaced with broken trust. Infidelity happens within the context of a relationship, and therefore, it always affects other people. Often, extended family, community members, and friends experience feelings of betrayal after an affair. Many times, the uninvolved spouse and children are wounded the most.

  • The Children: In the aftermath of adultery, children feel the betrayal, even if they are not old enough to know about the infidelity. Children perceive disruptions in their family and in their environment—an affair does both. They may internalize and blame themselves for the disruption. Many children experience behavior problems as they try to cope with the threat to their family.
  • The Uninvolved Spouse: The spouse who was betrayed may experience trauma. Many uninvolved spouses report post traumatic stress symptoms, including flashbacks, increased anxiety, physical pain, vivid dreams, difficulty focusing, and more. An uninvolved spouse may also internalize the betrayal, blaming themselves for it or for not discovering it sooner.

Personal and intimate pain is difficult to quantify, but no doubt, the pain of infidelity is severe. The extensive wounds from betrayal require thorough treatment.

Infidelity Recovery: Relational Healing

No silver bullet can quickly fix the trauma of infidelity. Apologies, while a good start, are only one step on a long journey toward healing. Saying, “I’m sorry,” will not magically restore trust, heal trauma, or give wisdom for important decisions.

And yet, forgiveness and trust may be possible, whether a couple separates or stays together. How can couples recover from divorce and build a better relationship (whatever better means for them)? Skilled counselors have led many couples through infidelity recovery. Through counseling, couples may…

  • Formulate New Relational Goals – Many couples know they want to divorce after infidelity. Others want to reconcile. Some want a trial separation. Many do not know what they want or change their minds in the process. In the wake of infidelity, these responses are all normal. A skilled counselor can bring clarity to the chaos, helping the couple formulate new relational goals that are realistic and achievable.
  • Boost Their Communication – Infidelity can bring communication to a standstill. When strong emotions are at play, then communicating in a healthy way can feel impossible. Couples may vacillate between cold silence and hot anger. Counseling may help couples find a better way.
  • Re-establish Trust – Even if the marriage ends, the individual members of the couple may still be in each other’s lives to some degree—especially if they have children together. For the relationship to move forward, even forward toward separation, some level of trust may need to be re-established. A therapist can guide couples toward boundaries and accountability that may foster the trust they need for the type of relationship they choose.

Counseling Appointments for Infidelity

Infidelity can bring couples and their families to a point of crisis. The fallout from an affair can be traumatizing and confusing, but there is help. Thriveworks Columbus, OH counselors understand and are ready to provide the support and guidance couples need to recover from infidelity.

We have appointments available for infidelity counseling. When you call our office, know that a real person will answer and schedule your appointment. You may be able to see your therapist the following day, and we will never put you on a waitlist. We also work with many insurance companies. Ready a healthier relationship? We are ready to help. Call today.

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 Columbus therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • HealthSmart

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Columbus
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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I enjoy my councilor and she is easy to talk to.
Suzanne Dec 2023
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I am honored to recommend Jerome Rivers as a fellow clinician. He is one of the most diligent and proficient counselors that I know. I admire his ability to meet the client where they are whether it’s being silly or serious. You will be drawn to his genuineness and you should be excited to begin a new therapeutic journey with him, trust the process!
Read more I am honored to recommend Jerome Rivers as a fellow clinician. He is one of the most diligent and proficient counselors that I know. I admire his ability to meet the client where they are whether it’s being silly or serious. You will be drawn to his genuineness and you should be excited to begin a new therapeutic journey with him, trust the process!
Columbus Sep 2022
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I highly recommend Brianna Sheridan and her expertise as a therapist. I have had the pleasure to know Brianna for several years and have worked with her as a colleague. Brianna is very knowledgable and I have often sought her advice and insight regarding counseling matters and concerns. She is a competent, highly skilled, and a very compassionate therapist.
Read more I highly recommend Brianna Sheridan and her expertise as a therapist. I have had the pleasure to know Brianna for several years and have worked with her as a colleague. Brianna is very knowledgable and I have often sought her advice and insight regarding counseling matters and concerns. She is a competent, highly skilled, and a very compassionate therapist.
Columbus Sep 2019
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★★★★★
I recently started utilizing Thriveworks and my counselor is amazing! I have seen a few therapists over the years, but she is the first that I feel has real tools that work for me. I am an overly analytical person, and she has introduced me to so many new ways to think about various problems, new and old, that have given me a fresh perspective. Today was the second day in my short time here that I left with that "mind blown" feeling, and today I couldn’t believe the positive feelings I had on these new approaches she provided me. Also, which is the best part of course, the office is so peaceful and calming, the staff are all incredible, and just walking in the door makes me de-stress quite a bit. I definitely recommend giving Thriveworks a shot if you are looking for a welcoming place! Go Buckeyes!
Read more I recently started utilizing Thriveworks and my counselor is amazing! I have seen a few therapists over the years, but she is the first that I feel has real tools that work for me. I am an overly analytical person, and she has introduced me to so many new ways to think about various problems, new and old, that have given me a fresh perspective. Today was the second day in my short time here that I left with that "mind blown" feeling, and today I couldn’t believe the positive feelings I had on these new approaches she provided me. Also, which is the best part of course, the office is so peaceful and calming, the staff are all incredible, and just walking in the door makes me de-stress quite a bit. I definitely recommend giving Thriveworks a shot if you are looking for a welcoming place! Go Buckeyes!
Columbus Sep 2019
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★★★★★
Thriveworks is a great company that meets the needs of all its clients. Their compassion to help people is unmatched.
Read more Thriveworks is a great company that meets the needs of all its clients. Their compassion to help people is unmatched.
Columbus May 2019
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Columbus is located off of Northwest Blvd, just east of the intersection of Northwest Blvd and N Star Rd. Our building is shared by Schultz CPA, neighbored by Star & Northwest Auto Care, and across the street from Buckeye State Bank. The closest bus stop is Northwest Blvd & Stanford Rd.

Phone number

(614) 739-8926

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