Have you discovered that your spouse or partner has been unfaithful, using porn compulsively, or has been engaging in any other sexual behaviors that are concerning? Have you discovered inappropriate text messages or emails on your partner's phone or computer?
If you answered yes to any of the above you may be feeling overwhelmed, betrayed, and confused about what to do next. You will need a safe space to explore your emotions and thoughts. You may feel like you need to make a decision immediately. You will need time to sort through your emotions and make decisions that are healthy for you and your family.
It is time to begin taking care of you. Facing the reality that your partner is struggling with sex addiction or sexually compulsive behaviors can be paralyzing. Facing this truth takes courage you may have never known you have. You are brave enough to begin this journey out of the trauma, shame, and isolation and into the light. Healing begins with sharing your story.
Healing from relational trauma takes time, empathy, and most importantly human connection. You deserve to share your story and begin your journey out of the dark isolation people experience after learning their significant other is dealing with sex addiction.
Give me a call and we can begin to explore what this all means for you.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brene Brown
HART Groups- Healing After Relational Trauma
The social stigma/taboo related to sex addiction and sexually compulsive behaviors is unique. Partners of individuals struggling with sex addiction/compulsivity often suffer in silence. To be seen, to share their story of trauma and pain, may lead to judgments and pressure from family and friends to make drastic decisions immediately. H.A.R.T. is a place to begin your journey, using your courage to be seen, heard, and most importantly not judged.
I offer two groups, one for partners currently in relationships/marriages to someone struggling with sex addiction or compulsive sexual behaviors. The other group is for individuals who have left the relationship. Each group experiences unique struggles and realities.
“Owning our story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it... Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown
People who have experienced relational trauma ofter experience symptoms similar to PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This can include:
lack of enjoyment in previous pleasurable activities
avoidance of people, places, or things that remind you of the truama
physiological symptoms such as nausea or upset stomach
If you relate to these symptoms, it is time to reach out for support.