303 Confidentiality, Secrets, and Dealing with Affairs

Esther Perel

Esther PerelWorking through affairs in therapy means digging into the layers of hurt, betrayal, secrecy, and unexplored desire that both lead to and result from infidelity. In her Webcast Session, Esther Perel discusses how to navigate this maze of emotions and secrets in couples therapy. Her approach challenges conventional therapeutic wisdom about rebuilding trust and intimacy after an affair, and offers insights into:

  • how some affairs can transform, rather than traumatize, a relationship
  • how to create a stable container in the midst of crisis for exploring what the affair means for both partners
  • how to determine how much and what kind of information needs to be revealed about the affair


Esther Perel, MA, LMFT, is a master trainer and an acknowledged international authority on couples, culture, and sexuality. She’s the author of the international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, and is the recipient of the 2009 book award from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. Website: http://www.estherperel.com/

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