Infidelity, with the core ingredients of emotional and/or sexual betrayal, is one of the most distressing, disorienting experiences a couple can encounter. The pain is profound. While the bond can be destroyed in a flash, healing, and rebuilding take time.
If you have experienced this in your own relationship or navigated the path with clients, you know the journey is turbulent and tumultuous. Intense emotions open quickly, and reactivity is the norm. As a therapist, you need a map. Staying present, attuned, and balanced is essential as you guide them through the process.
“Treating Infidelity” provides this map. During this workshop, you will learn the best our field has to offer. The focus will be on the paradigm-shifting Gottman “Atone-Attune-Attach” approach to treating affairs. This model offers clarity and wisdom about how to weather the storm, heal the hurt and rebuild the broken bond.
Building on the seminal research from Doctors John and Julie Gottman, this model emphasizes the centrality of Trust and Commitment in the journey from betrayal to intimacy.
William Bumberry, Ph.D.,is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with couples. He has been with the Gottman Institute for nearly two decades and is a Senior Certified Gottman Couples Therapist and Master Trainer. He presents Gottman professional training in and outside the U.S. and has been a featured speaker at numerous workshops and conferences, including The Evolution of Psychotherapy and the Psychotherapy Networker. Dr. Bumberry is passionate about helping clinicians bring the Gottman Method into their life’s work, “making the world a better place — one couple at a time.”
In addition to his expertise in the Gottman Method, Dr. Bumberry integrates elements of Emotion-Focused Therapy into his work and teaching. He has trained with or hosted many of the pioneers in the world of Family Therapy and Systems Therapy and is a member of the American Psychological Association. For many years he worked closely with Dr. Carl Whitaker. He is co-author of Dancing with the Family: A Symbolic-Experiential Approach, A Different Kind of Caring (video production), and Reshaping Family Relationships: The Symbolic Therapy of Carl Whitaker. Family Relationships: The Symbolic Therapy of Carl Whitaker.