Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 151–160 | Cite as

Optimal Strategies in Couple Therapy: Treating Couples Dealing with the Trauma of Infidelity

  • Kristina Coop GordonEmail author
  • Donald H. Baucom
  • Douglas K. Snyder
Original Paper


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.


Infidelity Affairs Extramarital relationships Relationship trauma Treatment Therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristina Coop Gordon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Donald H. Baucom
    • 2
  • Douglas K. Snyder
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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