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The Affair Series: Attunement

After an affair, and during affair recovery, we follow three steps in counseling: atonement, attunement, and re-attachment. During attunement, couples have decided that they can move forward with forgiveness, ready to stop blaming the partner that was involved in infidelity. 

Step 3:  Attunement

Many trust building behaviors occur in this area of the recovery phase. The partner that acted outside of the marriage is making a commitment to this relationship, constantly working to build the marital friendship. The couple is also working on how to process negative events, both making a commitment to try to handle their conflicts so that it doesn’t overwhelm them. There are different tools to use during this time, that a couple can learn in session and practice at home as well.

An acronym to follow for attunement is

A – Awareness of Partner’s Negative Emotion

T- Turning Toward Partner

T- Tolerance 

U – Understanding

N- Non-defensive responding 

E- Empathy

Recovery is Possible

When these 6 things are practiced, the couple is able to cope in a place where they both feel heard and validated. It is important the betrayed partner is experiencing this, as it is also a helpful skill in building trust outside of being open with GPS, bank accounts, and passwords. 

If you are ready to talk to a counselor, please call Amy Wine Counseling at 832.421.8714.


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