When someone is injured, it is a natural instinct to seek out others for safety and healing. Seeking out that support may be difficult for partners of sex addicts due to the real or perceived shame from those you typically ask for help.

Often, a partner’s self-worth is damaged and they wonder what is wrong with them, asking questions such as “Am I not good enough for him/her?” and “How could I not see that something was going on.”

You may be feeling very alone – like there’s no one you can talk to who will understand your situation. At least no one who will listen without shaming, blaming, fixing or giving you advice. A group experience for the partner of an addict is a great place to feel safe and talk about what you’re experiencing with a therapist and other women who “get it.” Often times friends, your sister(s), or your mom are the people closest to you and those who you think you can trust with this issue. Unfortunately, you only find out if you can trust them after you’ve shared your story – and sometimes it’s then too late.

Our partner group is the place to get resources, talk to people who understand, learn about your partner’s addiction and learn how to work through the intense emotions your experiencing.

No one understands the reality of the emotions you are going through better than individuals who have experienced the trauma of discovering their partner is sexually addicted. Partners group therapy is an environment in which stories can be shared safely without shame or being blamed for a sex addict’s behaviors. At Counseling & Recovery Partners, groups typically consist of 6-8 individuals who have been through the discovery of a sexually addicted partner. In addition to sharing your story, you will also receive support and feedback on the boundaries you choose to set for emotional and physical safety in your relationships.

Partners who have gone on to experience trusting and intimate relationships have reported that the support they received in group therapy was crucial for their success in recovery. That recovery starts with sharing your story with others who understand the wounds you have experienced.