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Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity

A Therapist's Manual, 1st Edition

By Angela Skurtu


114 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity provides clinicians with tangible, research-oriented intervention strategies that can guide couples through the aftermath of an affair. In the treatment of an affair, there are several key elements that couples need to work through as a team, including assessment, working through the crisis phase, rebuilding trust, acknowledging the pain infidelity causes, repairing relationship issues, creating a dynamic sex life, choosing to stay in or leave the relationship, and forgiveness. This book will cover nine milestones in detail and offer a framework for how clinicians can offer helpful treatment at each step. Also included are case studies of particularly challenging couples that the author has worked with and a section at the end of each chapter on therapist self-care.


"Infidelity can have a devastating impact on relationships. And yet, as Angela Skurtu teaches us, couples can not only overcome infidelity, but their relationships can become more satisfying and fulfilling. Based on current research and her experience as a couples therapist, Angela offers stories, anecdotes, and evidence-based interventions for rebuilding relationships. Written in an engaging voice, Angela provides both new and seasoned therapists practical ideas and strategies that can be used right away. Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity is a terrific addition to any clinician’s library. I highly recommend it!"

Bob Bertolino, PhD, professor, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Maryville University, senior clinical advisor at Youth In Need, Inc., author of 14 books on psychotherapy

"This book tackles a very difficult topic with compassion and insight. The interventions are clinically relevant and quite helpful in supporting couples who are struggling with betrayal. Unfortunately, infidelity is common and this book provides the tools that both the new and seasoned therapist can utilize to help couples survive and thrive."

Heather Raznick, MSW, LCSW, certified sex therapist, Masters and Johnson

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Milestone 1: Reducing the Impact of the Affair Milestone 2: Acknowledgment of the Pain the Affair Caused Milestone 3: Clarity Milestone 4: Choosing to Stay or Leave Milestone 5: Repairing the Unresolved Issues in the Relationship Milestone 6: Rebuilding Trust Milestone 7: Redefining the Relationship Milestone 8: Reclaiming a Healthy Sex Life Milestone 9: Forgiveness References Index

About the Author

Angela Skurtu, MEd, LMFT, is a nationally certified sex therapist for AASECT and a licensed marriage and family therapist in Ballwin, Missouri. She is author of Pre-Marital Counseling: A Guide for Clinicians and co-host of "The About Sex Podcast," at, which discusses various sexual health topics weekly. Angela has been interviewed for magazines, podcasts, radio, and television.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family