Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 249–266 | Cite as

Healing Rituals for Couples Recovering from Adultery

  • Jon L. Winek
  • Patricia A. Craven


Recovery from the trauma of adultery is a process that is full of points where the couple can get stuck. We describe an experiential model that utilizes healing rituals. We start with a general exploration of the use of rituals in marriage and family therapy. The key elements of effective rituals are described. We describe stuck points in these relationships including: 1) knowing the details, 2) releasing the anger, 3) showing commitment, 4) rebuilding trust, and 5) rebuilding the relationship. Ritualized interventions are described for each of these stuck points.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon L. Winek
    • 1
  • Patricia A. Craven
    • 2
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Department of Human Development and Psychological CounselingAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  2. 2.Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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