Bridget and Ed ended up in my office because Bridget had an affair. Ed was shocked because it seemed so out of character for Bridget. The affair was sexual and not emotional which was a relief for Ed since Bridget hadn’t opened her heart to someone else. They spent a few sessions working through the betrayal and eventually worked on the underlying causes.
Ed was working through some significant health issues that were potentially life-threatening. Bridget was struggling with depression and a recent miscarriage. On the surface, they appeared to have a lovely relationship and did love each other, but they avoided talking about these challenging issues.
These life stressors were tearing their relationship apart and they didn’t realize it. By talking about these difficult issues, both in their counseling sessions and at home, they are reviving their loving connection.