Discovering a betrayal almost always brings out intense emotions such as loss, fear, sadness, shock, and disappointment. These feelings are to be expected when someone you love betrays your trust. We want our partners to act with our best interests at heart, and when they fail to do so, we end up feeling devalued, rejected, and hurt—the consequences of broken trust.

Although you’re going through a difficult time right now, we want to offer you some reassurance. If the situation is handled effectively, couples can not only recover from broken trust but actually grow closer and stronger in the process. In fact, research shows that even major betrayals such as infidelity are possible to overcome.

If you approach the problem head-on and armed with the right knowledge and skills, you may find that you and your partner will come through this difficult time wiser and stronger and in a better place than before.