Betrayal trauma can occur within a relationship when the actions of another violate the trust on which the relationship was built. The experience of profound and unexpected betrayal can be deeply traumatic. We understand you are going through one of the most difficult experiences of your life. Your trust and belief in the person closest to you has been shattered. To be deceived and manipulated by someone you love can leave you feeling humiliated and deeply wounded. Many blame themselves. You are not to blame. You did not cause it or create it – but you can heal from it.
WHAT ARE BETRAYAL TRAUMA SYMPTOMS?The trauma evoked by betrayal in a relationship can manifest in the following ways:
Hypervigilance that can manifest in self-protective behaviors like doing “detective work” (checking bills, wallets, computer files, phone apps, browser histories, etc.)
Sleeplessness, nightmares, difficulty focusing
Obsessive and intrusive thoughts about the betrayal
Avoiding thinking about or discussing the betrayal
Compulsive spending, eating, or exercise
Michelle offers a betrayal trauma women's group:
Intimate Betrayal- A Group for WomenA therapeutic group for women who have been negatively impacted by their partner's sexual behaviors. This confidential, supportive and caring environment is designed to help women find healing from the impact of sexual behavior and be equipped to moved forward with wisdom and hope. Tuesday evenings from 7 pm to 8:30. This is a closed group and an initial consult is required. Please call for dates. The cost is $45.00.