There is no betrayal quite like spousal betrayal. Perhaps you’ve been there. Maybe you’re there now. You know what it is to discover your spouse has been living a double life with double standards. First, trauma knocked on your door. Then it kicked the door down. Now it has taken up residence in your home.
The next move is yours. What will your response be?
Dr. Carmen Harra, clinical psychologist, suggests seven steps to overcoming the trauma of betrayal:
- Identify your emotions.
- Learn to forgive.
- Don’t blame yourself.
- Detach from people you do not trust.
- Don’t betray anyone yourself.
- Envision a better future.
- Take a leap of faith.
You can’t possibly overcome the trauma of betrayal on your own. Try this: “Cast your cares on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Recovery Step: Trauma is a foe like none other. But you can overcome. Start today.