Optimal Strategies in Couple Therapy: Treating Couples Dealing with the Trauma of Infidelity Academic Article uri icon


  • Infidelity is one of the most difficult problems to address in couple therapy, most likely because it involves a traumatic relationship event that alters the ways in which couples process information about each other and established behavioral patterns. This article presents a three-stage treatment designed to address the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional sequelae of affairs that integrates cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented strategies with the literatures on traumatic response and forgiveness. Critical and unique features of this treatment are discussed and a case study is presented to illustrate the treatment methods. 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Gordon, K., Baucom, D., & Snyder, D.

complete list of authors

  • Gordon, Kristina||Baucom, Donald||Snyder, Douglas

publication date

  • January 1, 2008 11:11 AM