Psychology Orlando

Psychological Affiliates Inc delivers Orlando patients state of the art Psychologists services. Our experts specialize in Family Counseling, Psychology and Collaborative Divorce Psychology.

Why We Cheat

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, April 03, 2014

In a recent interview with Slate Magazine, Esther Perel, author and therapist, brings fresh perspectives to the age-old issue of infidelity. Surveys consistently show that most marriages/long-term relationships are touched by infidelity at some point. Ms. Perel cites research showing that very often, cheaters are basically happy with their marriages or relationships. This seems to be especially true for men. Most cheaters say they really do not want to leave their relationships, yet they are willing to take risks and seriously hurt their partners and families.


Esther Perel makes some excellent points in her interview. Key among them is her observation that what cheaters really are seeking is a different self. Through an affair, a different aspect of one’s personality is brought to life, often in an overwhelmingly intense manner. This intense activation of a perhaps long suppressed or previously unrecognized persona is the real unconscious goal rather than seeking to have a different lover.


Ms. Perel also draws a distinction between cheating and non-monogamy. She suggests that “examining monogamy is our next frontier.” Instead of the old roles of cheater and the cheated-upon, new relationship models are needed which can demonstrate how to respectfully handle the shades of grey around the many sexual/intimacy/friendship/digital issues that affect modern relationships.


Many couples still agree that sexual monogamy is their ideal. For these couples, a therapist can help impart and sharpen skills such as conflict resolution, caring behaviors, prioritization, and sexual enrichment. A therapist also can offer craving management to help relationships withstand challenges. For couples dealing with the aftermath of infidelity, a specific problem may need to be addressed, such as sexual avoidance or sexual addiction.


Other couples may mutually agree to explore more autonomy, self-expression, or personal fulfillment rather than cheating or lying to one another. Even an unconventional arrangement, such as swinging, requires relationship boundaries and expectations for both partners.


A qualified sex therapist can work within a couple’s value system to help improve their shared sexual satisfaction. Having the courage to address such delicate topics is a start. A therapist can help couples build upon that beginning by having both partners clarify their priorities and cultivate acceptance of one another.


Provided by Alan Grieco, Ph.D.

 | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

What to Expect in Relationship Therapy

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, November 07, 2013

These days, before many couples decide to call it quits, they undergo couple’s therapy or marriage counseling. In general, no one is excited about the prospect of sitting on a psychologist’s couch and detailing all the problems within a marriage, however, plenty of couples have found relief from their relationship woes by seeking the help of a professional. It is always useful, before jumping into any kind of therapy, to have some idea of what is going to happen.


Most psychologists will ask questions, listening to responses of both spouses, in order to get at the heart of the couple’s problems. For example, a couple may come in saying that they no longer feel the other loves them. Through some pointed questions, a psychologist may determine that they are actually having a problem with communication, not with love.


Even for couples that have already decided to get a divorce, relationship therapy may be advantageous. A therapist will be able to help them navigate their new dynamic, so that they can at least be on friendly terms, especially in cases where the couple shares a child.

In either case, the psychologist will ask questions about the relationship and will suggest topics for discussion and activities that can better the couple’s relationship, whether that couple is still married or is newly divorced.

 | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Recent Posts


respectfully discussion modern relationships family mediation marriage problems psychologists help relationships Orlando sex offender therapy litigation without bias dynamics neuropsychologist delicate deserves improve sexual satisfaction needs multiple personality disorder partner litigation support separation expression sexual addiction buried memories collaborative divorce thoughts access couples addressed courage trial divorce education orlando influence PTSD spouse sex therapy fault child custody monetary value life event law enforcement consultants mismatched sex drives swinging Cooperative Parenting Institute mental health counselor love infidelity relationships collaborative law smoking cessation cheater Orlando therapists persona clarify learning sexual monogamy relief not his fault disputes treatments Orlando psychotherapy shades of grey cheated-upon fulfillment child attorney swinger hypnosis social pragmatic communication disorder techniques craving management child abuse withdraw topics for discussion courts licensed psychologist qualified improving sex phobias anti-anxiety heart parents cheated talk therapy values psychometrist conflict neuroanatomy procedure scientists neurological abnormality act out law enforcement specialists withstand challenges psychologists orlando Orlando mediators politicians forensic psychology expectations psychotherapist sexual enrichment abuse mental health consultation support delicate topics leave repressed memories acting out lawyers address Orlando psychologist judge navigate conflict resolution cheating sleep disorder advantageous bias towards help relationship contested custodies satisfaction listening learning and growth autonomy families disorder state of mind intimacy caring behaviors caring stress-relieving anxiety relationship paternity qualified therapist family therapy Parenting Coordination Program unconventional neuropsychologists couples counseling sleep disorders behaviors call it quits alimony hopeless improve mental state memories sexual behavioral problems another modification sexual trauma consult communication problem divorce coaches different self help phobia estates parent parenting plans Orlando supervised visitation Orlando family mediator Parenting Coordinator reassurance The Florida Bar parenting plan withstand emotions unconscious neuropsychological evaluations medicine healing stress Orlando Family Mediation adjustment attorneys grief effective legal psychology mental examination mediates expectation relationship woes marriage counseling orlando fl long-term relationship clarify priorities issues agreement problem child psychologist orlando lying behavior family growth mental health services live apart negotiations marry orientation confusion valued swingers smoking struggling loved psychologist malicious divorce troubled behavior modification mind overeating habits suffering mental illness personality family counseling psychology orlando foundation child's mental state anxious Orlando psychologists divorcing relationship models mental states mediator undergo hypnosis family counseling orlando brain prioritization sexual satisfaction intense value system co-parenting therapy communication neurodevelopmental disorders marriage counseling friends better the relationship dealing with stress development loves Orlando neuropsychologist self Neuropsychology psychotherapy orlando evaluate messy divorce ideal personal fulfillment newly divorced activities doctor unconventional arrangement overeating appropriate ways monitored exchange marriage troubles communication problems sexual avoidance psychotherapy accept dynamic aftermath psychological evaluation court specific problem prenuptial agreements trauma medical habits molestation determine repressed thoughts agree success therapy counseling consultants marriage beginning time-sharing repressed psychosexual evaluations one another mess of a divorce suppression developments relocation disputes psychiatric dealing with anxiety addiction influential challenges friendly terms qualified sex therapist self-expression questions psychological evaluations unsettling respect sex therapy orlando property depression sadness partner violence delicate topic sex offender couple's problems psychological unsettling life event Orlando collaborative divorce professional spouses assess repression assessment parent coordination Orlando mediation divided loyalties class orlando better relationship boundaries affair hypnotherapy sex offender therapist boundary modern relationship orlando sex therapy therapists in orlando substance abuse digital married forensic psychological evaluations mediators suppressed friendship struggling child adult Orlando Neuropsychological evaluations undergo deal mediation couple's therapy sex offender therapy before the divorce settlement Orlando hypnotherapy children scientist infidelity aftermath talking points post traumatic stress disorder tools relationship therapy risks partners divorce trial psychologists in orlando boundaries non-monogamy child development evaluation lover divorce sexual priorities habit therapist's roles sex therapist swing relaxation arrangement Competency Restoration Training bias access repressed thoughts divided Orlando parenting plan evaluations masturbation problems therapist family psychotherapy out of court alternative medicine treatment studies healthy habits develop acceptance disorders


2737 West Fairbanks Avenue,  Winter Park, FL. 32789    Phone: 407-674-5663


©2011 Psychological Affiliates - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Developed - Design by Windermere Design