02: A Closer Look at Infidelity with Alicia Taverner

Today we’re talking about relationship issues, especially when couples face infidelity and divorce. My guest is Alicia Taverner, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Join us as Alicia shares her wisdom on these difficult topics. What you’ll hear in this episode:
  • Why Alicia’s purpose in therapy has always been to help and support women
  • How her practice focuses on women and couples who are trying to “put themselves back together”
  • Statistics on extra-marital affairs: (they are more common than you think!)
  • The HUGE paradox in our beliefs and actions
  • The importance of the language we use surrounding infidelity
  • What is an “affair”?
  • The emotional impact
  • How women and men differ in their reactions to affairs
  • How a relationship becomes vulnerable to an affair
  • From Alicia’s blog: 5 things that come between couples and cause affairs
  • The roles of disconnection and loneliness
  • Why people have affairs
  • The Vacuum of the Affair
  • How to strengthen your relationship connection
  • Don’t play “the blame game”
  • How to take responsibility and HEAL
  • Why the same problems might still exist
  • Myths about infidelity
  • Qualities of couples who recover
  • Why an affair is a psychological trauma
  • Alicia’s advice
Resources: Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel Getting Past the Affair by Douglas K. Snyder After the Affair by Janis A. Spring www.ranchocounseling.com www.ranchocounseling.com/womenindepth  (Check out Alicia’s free resources for WID listeners: My Husband Cheated and journal prompts.)