The discovery or disclosure of compulsive sexual behaviour by one partner in a relationship can be devastating and traumatic. Partners can feel they’ve been ‘living a lie’, shocked and disempowered, and that they cannot trust themselves or anyone else any more. In the immediate aftermath of discovery, it can feel impossible to know what to do. It is often hard to access appropriate support as often high levels of shame and trauma make it feel impossible to share what you are going through with family and friends.
We offer guidance, support and containment for partners through this difficult time. Individual therapy provides a space to make sense of the many complex and conflicting thoughts and emotions partners feel, and, over time, find their feet again. Our weekly psychotherapy group for partners also provides a safe space to explore and address the impact of this relational trauma. We use group process and psycho-educational support to help people regain and learn new strategies of self-care and move into a much more empowered place.