Healing Rituals for Couples Recovering from Adultery

Abstract

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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Winek, J.L., Craven, P.A. Healing Rituals for Couples Recovering from Adultery. Contemporary Family Therapy 25, 249–266 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1024518719817

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  • healing rituals
  • adultery
  • symbolic/experiential couples therapy