No one thinks that infidelity or cheating will happen in their relationship.

You assume that the love you had initially will continue and grow stronger. But when one person has an affair (be it emotional, cyber, or physical), it can be disastrous. The relationship you thought you had isn’t the relationship you have. The betrayal wipes out the trust that you had. As one client stated, “It is as if I went to sleep, and when I woke up, my entire world changed.”

When you are the one who was betrayed, you may ask yourself tough questions such as:

  • Should I stay or go?
  • Will I ever trust my partner again?
  • Do I want to try and make this work?

If you are the one who cheated, you also may ask difficult questions:

  • Why did I do this?
  • When will my partner to stop hurting?
  • Should I leave the relationship? Do I want to stay?

Why do people cheat?

Experts say that we have multiple drives – one for romantic love, one for the ‘sexual itch,’ and one for deep attachment to a life-time partner.

Thus, they say, it is possible to be romantically in love with your mate – and deeply attached – but at the same time have a sexual attraction to another person. The sexual attraction does negate romantic love or deep connection.

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However, anyone who has experienced infidelity knows the pain of the betrayal and broken trust. It does not matter that the affair doesn’t have the same meaning or connection as the primary relationship. The gnawing realization that a promise of fidelity has been broken can feel overwhelming.

Some people cheat because they are numbing emotional pain, which may or may not be about their primary relationship. They are unable to manage their complicated feelings in any other way. This type of betrayal can be incredibly confusing for the partner as their relationship seems to be going well.

Can the relationship be restored?

Some relationships survive affairs and grow stronger from it. Sometimes the affair is a symptom of what was going on in the relationship – in that neither partner was happy. This is not to say that the acting out behavior is okay. It just means that when a couple looks at what was not working in the relationship and work with a qualified couples counselor, they often can restore trust.

Sometimes after an affair, one person wants to come in for counseling to deal with the anger (or guilt) and get their thinking clearer to make the best decisions for the future.

Ultimately, whether you stay or go is a complicated decision. If you are struggling with infidelity, cheating, or betrayal, please speak with a counselor if you are having trouble managing your thoughts or emotions. You don’t have to go through this alone.

Are you worried your partner is having a physical or emotional affair?


Is this happening to you?

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  • Your Partner Seems Distracted/Distant
  • Your Partner Won’t Answer their Cell Phone When You’re Present
  • Your Partner Has Suddenly Changed His/Her Appearance
  • Your Partner Has a New Friend They Talk About Often
  • Your Partner Has New Interests and Different Opinions
  • Your Partner Is Staying Up Later than Usual, On the Computer
  • Your Partner Won’t Let you Read their Text Messages or Hides Their Phone When You’re Around
  • Your Cell Bill Suddenly Shows a Scores of Text Messages to One Number1

Consider Couples Counseling or Marriage Counseling at Orange Counseling Center. Our experienced, licensed counselors use proven strategies to help motivated couples rebuild their relationship.

Call us today at 949-393-8662 or text us (949.220.3211) for an appointment or more information.