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


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


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


©2011 Psychological Affiliates - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Developed - Design by Windermere Design