I found that being able to talk with another woman who has walked in your shoes has made a significant difference in healing from the betrayal.N.B., client
Why Peer Support?
Infidelity is one of the most life-altering events a woman can ever experience. Not only is her faith and trust shattered, but often she feels as though her entire life's foundation has been ripped out from beneath her. Women describe their reactions as ranging from unspeakable rage to total despair to thoughts of suicide.
Psychologists are coming to understand this as Post Infidelity Stress Disorder, a very real and traumatic condition. *
But women can survive this trauma, regardless of whether their relationship ends or mends. The ability to talk to another woman who's been through it is life-affirming. The realization that "I'm not alone -- I can do this!" can be very empowering for a woman in her journey toward healing and strength.
We Provide a Unique Service
We offer free, confidential, one-to-one telephone peer support by trained peer counselors, all of whom are women who have survived infidelity whether they are married, divorced, separated, single, or widowed. These incredible volunteers work with each client toward her personal recovery from infidelity, for as long as she wants or needs, regardless of whether her relationship ends or mends.
We are the only nonprofit anywhere that does what we do.
Our healing perspective is based on the work of Peggy Vaughan (The Monogamy Myth) and Anne Bercht (Beyond Affairs Network), both decades-long leaders in the field of infidelity and recovery. We work with women of all ages and backgrounds across the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 2011, we are a small, lean organization based in California and run entirely by volunteers.
* Dennis Ortman, PhD., Transcending Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder, 2009.
Peer counseling is not a substitute for guidance by a licensed mental health professional. Please seek this help if needed. If this is a true emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Infidelity Counseling Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, federal tax exempt # 602135040.
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