About the author, Ella Hutchinson

Ella Hutchinson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialist, Certified Clinical Partner Specialist, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Ella served three years on the board of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS). She helped write the curriculum used by APSATS that trains clinicians in the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model developed by Barbara Steffens. She is currently a board member of the International Association for Certified Clinical Sex Addiction Specialists. Ella and her husband, Jeff, work together helping couples find healing from sexual addiction.

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  1. I have read through quite a few of your articles on this website. I have noticed two things that are severely lacking here, or two thoughts if you will.(I scrolled through about 100 pages worth of blogs on my iPhone). Most of what you have to say and offer is aimed at married people. Yes there were several articles that dealt with singles and loneliness but the main thread, if you will, is aimed at couples. You are looking at porn as a problem in and of itself, not a symptom of a problem. As a 28 year old Christian male who is a virgin, I have used porn and masturbation for the majority of my adult life. I do believe in waiting till marriage to have sex, as God tells us. I do not think of myself as an addict, in actuality I have stopped twice in my life, once for 1 year, the other time for 2 years. I wasn’t tempted to go back, I made a conscious decision to do so. Why? Feminism is so pervasive that even finding a girl in church to talk to is a major pain the rear. To this day I have never found a girl that would have been worth the effort it would have took (then having to put up with her would have been another story). I totally get that the unsaved world would fall for the lie of feminism, but the way in which it has snuck into the church is astonishing. That’s point 1. In my case, using porn is because I have truly no other option at this point. I realize that the likelihood of finding a spouse is extremely slim, almost nonexistent. I was 22 years old before I looked at porn and masturbated the first time. I kept myself from it until then. It dawned on me that day that a wife wasn’t going to be. So I decided, what the heck? The two times I stopped myself were when I believed that there would be something better out there(also to prove to myself that I was not an addict). I did it all, prayed more, read more, asked God to take away my sexual urges, nothing helped. Just frustration all the time. The whole thing is just plain sad. I have always wanted to have a family of my own and all that. The two options I have for life(since God cutting me a break and removing such urges from me is apparently a no go) are to either watch porn occasionally and numb the desires to a tolerable point, or live with a constant nagging loneliness and frustration that will never go away. Personally, gonna have to say I choose the first option, lesser of the two evils. You all should totally write some articles about porn being a secondary issue, or atleast research it. Yes for some it may truly be an addiction, but I would bet for many guys such as myself, it is a secondary problem. Sorry for the long post lol.

    • Adam, As an addict to porn I would like to respond. First of all notice I wrote….AS AN ADDICT TO PORN, and NOT………AS A PORN ADDICT! The reason this is so important is because WE are the problem/ADDICT, NOT the porn itself! I understand you are in your later 20’s and feel that a wife and family is NOT in the cards for you. STOP RIGHT THERE!!!!!! IT IS ON GOD’S TIME, NOT ADAMS!!!!!! I am almost 50 and didn’t get married until I was 42. I always wanted to, but partying and porn were so much more of a priority. You say that you only use porn for self pleasure rather than WASTING time on communicating with women and getting to know them. Well WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE??? How do you know that God’s plan isn’t for you to be with one of these women and to HELP them with something in their lives? How do you know that THEY aren’t struggling with the SAME issue in their lives? STOP BEING SO SELFISH!!!! You need to be obedient to God’s will and it is not for you to be alone! Also you need to get that thought OUT OF YOUR HEAD that porn for self gratification is OK, because IT’S NOT!! IT WILL CONSUME YOU AND CHANGE YOU RIGHT BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES!!!! I thought I could control it, and it landed me in jail, no wife, no family, no social life, loss of friends, loss of family respect, loss of trust and dignity and SO MUCH MORE! The ONLY gain that porn has brought me in my life…..IS CLOSER TO MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD! I tried for 20-some odd years to do it my way, and NOW I know…….I CAN DO NOTHING IN THIS WORLD WITHOUT GOD, BUT THERE’S NOTHING IN THIS WORLD I CANNOT DO…..WITH GOD! Please take heed of this warning, and live your life IN GOD, before things change you and you find yourself worshipping GOD, but living IN THIS WORLD! Lastly I’ll end by advising you that by you making those choices you stated in your post….you’re making excuses for porn and taking God out of the equation. God loves you brother and so do I!

    • Hi Adam,

      Have you read More Than Single yet? Half the point of that e-book is about finding joy in singleness, not seeing it as a pain to be numbed by pornography. You might also be interested in reading through the archives of SingleRoots.

      I also am curious about the overall dating ethos you were raised in. In the 1990s, there was a big trend in conservative Christian circles, moving toward courtship. Basically, that can be summarized as “Don’t date unless you’re pretty sure you want to marry that person.” Unfortunately, that seems to have paralyzed young men and women from actually getting to know each other. So when you say you “have never found a girl that would have been worth the effort it would have took,” I have to wonder what criteria you were using to make that decision. Was it that you haven’t met one who you knew you’d want to marry, so it wasn’t worth going out for coffee and conversation in the first place? Or are you judging them by looks alone?

      As one final thought, I should also point out that your continued use of porn may mean that many young women aren’t interested in dating you. We’ve heard too many stories from heartbroken wives who have discovered their husbands’ porn use to ever want to see a young couple in that position (see also the reason for this particular blog post). So I’d strongly encourage you to quit porn and fill your time with other things (furthering your education; volunteering; developing a hobby; etc.). And don’t discount God’s power; you never know whether He’ll bring an eligible young lady into your life.

    • @ Adam – I hear you and feel/have felt your pain. I think you’re drifting towards a pretty solid point when it comes to the feminazi-ism that runs rampant almost everywhere in the U.S. and that pornography is a symptom rather than a cause. The pain you feel is not simply caused by lack of sexual gratification and while there might be some temporary relief, even sex with the most attractive woman who ever lived wouldn’t scratch that itch.

      From experience and light research I can tell you that your desire/interest in porn and masturbation isn’t caused by your otherwise celibacy and if you were married to a woman wanton with you alone, you would still have interest and energy for it. In fact, you might want it even more because people in sexual relationships masterbate more than when they have no sexual partner.

      But you’re also making excuses for yourself and sometimes life really does have to be excruciating. If one became sexually disabled, does that free their spouse to find that relief elsewhere? Nope.

      I don’t think you’re likely to find your answer in church because the vast majority of pastors I know are primarily intent on budget and making disciples of themselves just as Paul spoke about nearly 2000 years ago. Your faith needs to be in God alone. Do not look to pastors, the church, or society in general to show you the way.

      How does the Bible treat gender and sexuality? It’s a holy thing perhaps no less sensitive than the Holy of Holies was during OT days. We are made in God’s image but not in the same way as woman. IMHO – the desire for sexual union is ingrained in most people because when the two become one, they are an earthly reflection of the more perfect union of God. I think God hates divorce because it is an even more powerful representation of disrespect and hatred than tearing someone’s picture in half would be.

      Women in general, more in the church than anywhere else I’ve been, have been trained to believe that they are head of household and are to tell men how to think and act properly as men and husbands. Men were not made to fit into that role amd the overarching result of trying to fit there to please women ironically is using women for their sexuality only without regard for all the ways they are so amazing and beautiful.

      I *was* married in part because my ex insisted on being in charge and when she lost the ability to control me and dominate the way the world *and the church* taught her she should, she set herself on a path to do absolutely as much damage to me as possible with awareness and support of clergy (remember wolves in sheep’s clothing? The Bible is true, these wolves exist, and they *will* tear you and the image of God to pieces as much as they can without revealing themselves).

      Your problem with pornography isn’t due to a lack of suitable women to marry but because you have a lack of life purpose. Daniel was a manly man wasn’t he? Did you know he was castrated? Job was an extremely righteous and viril man who loved sex but was utterly devoted to his wife. He was extremely gentle, strong, and productive and he did not follow his wife or ever allow her to set his course. HE corrected her and was gente to her. Study him. Study 1st John.

      Your pain is real and it is significant. But while enjoying the pleasures God designed man to enjoy (chief of which is a woman any one of whom has more beauty than any one man can fully explore) my give you cause to praise God, it is the pain of life that makes you righteous, what makes you powerful, what makes you gentle. Even when Adam was a sinless man God said it was not good for him to be alone and anyone who tells you who have such desire otherwise should close their mouths.

      Porn absolutely brings relief, but so does alcohol, so does methamphetamine but maybe excruciating pain is what you need to be who you are and maybe your source of relief is worse than your injury. And you can endure far more than you know as sexless singleness is far less painful and lonely than marriage with lots of sex but no love (personal experience).

      Consider doing the following: take seven days from work and everything else and separate yourself from absolutely everyone. If you can find a desert, go to it and take nothing but water and vitamins. Consume absolutely nothing that has calories in it. Take your Bible and writing material. Consider waiting a couple days until you start to feel the pain of hunger and then dig into Job. Then dig into 1st John. Then whatever else you find in the Bible to read and then ask God to have mercy on you and comfort you and see what happens. Honestly, how much do you have to lose?

      As to the woman who instructed you, she should be silent as should every last woman presuming to instruct man, on manliness no less.

      Pornography is a symptom of you not being manly enough. Ironically, unmanly men love sex without consiquence and have no ability to resist pornography. The irony is that church women have been hugely taught to denigrate rather than respect men and their man in particular but then they are sad with the results.

      Women are to be loved and appreciated and being overwhelmed with awe and reverence for them (not helped by pornography) is right. But do not obey them or follow them no matter how much they want you to.

    • Sorry my friend about that. I bet you that we are in the same league. I’m also going through the same problem and I’m seeking for a help. If you find one out there please help me by sending me too. I’m helpless. I also can’t reach you easily because I’m in Africa/Kenya

  2. I live near Ft Worth TX and am in desperate need of a small closed group to help me with my husbands infidelity and addiction to porn and escorts. Can you please help me with where to look to find a Christian group like what you describe you are starting in Houston area? I have talked with a counselor but she is not available for over a month and another has groups but they are an hour away form me. I really need a group of godly seeking women that know what I am going thru and can help me cope and navigate thru these waters and storms. Having been married over 27 years and not ever knowing the hidden life my Christian husband was living is tough enough but trying to follow Gods desire for my marriage and forgive and honor him and try to trust is very difficult. It’s been 5 months now since I discovered this sin and I just need more help for myself. Please let me know if there is a place I can go online or call in my area to find a group like you lead, not a C Recovery or 12 step program but trama based help. Thank you.

    • Hi Bev. Well, a lot of the groups I know of are 12-step. Celebrate Recovery, S Anon, Al Anon, xxxChurch, Pure Desire. You could look at the CSAT directory and see if any of those counselors in your area might be offering a group for spouses. There are also a number of “Recovery Churches” that offer groups of various types. Again, these might be 12-step. I know that City on a Hill in Ft Worth offers groups. Serenity Church in The Colony is another church I know of that has groups. They are step groups. If you’ve located a trauma group, I would say that a couple hour’s drive once a week might be a good investment of your time. (From a Dallas-dweller.) Blessings, Kay

    • Bev, your husbands infidelity is not your fault. It is his decision. I am so sad for you but don’t ever let anyone disrespect you for staying in. Never ever debase your husband’s manliness but honor, respect, and submit to absolutely every scrap of it you can find in him. It is not your lack of qualities to appreciate that caused his infidelity but his lack of Biblical manliness. The world has trained you to tear him down but there is no tool on earth more powerful in building him up than you.

      To the prostitutes he isn’t even a person, let alone a man, but simply a loaf of bread. They are tearing his manhood down, do not be like them.

    • My Church in San Diego had a group called For Women Only (FWO) and we did the pure desires workbooks. Go to puredesires.org they have a list of groups listed for each state. If you do not see one listed contact Diane Roberts, her contact information should be on the website. There may be one also through Google Groups, Pure Desires.

  3. Hey Lisa, thanks for the reply! To answer some of your questions, I was raised in the whole dating bad, courting good nonsense. As soon as I moved out of my parents’ house I quickly threw that ideology in the trash where it belongs lol. There was a girl I was very interested in when I was still living at home back when I was 19 or 20, but I knew the absolute nightmare that situation would have been if my parents had gotten involved and forced their “courtship” junk on it, so I just ignored it.
    You did seem to skip over my main point I brought up though. Feminism alone is toxic enough to women’s attitudes, mix that in with a little bit of religion and you have a very nasty combination.
    No, when I say that it is not worth my time, I am not talking about ones looks, but the overall attitude prevalent in church girls, at least at the churches I have gone to (mostly Baptist). It sucks. If I wasn’t a Christian I could easily have a girlfriend and not need porn. I have dated non-Christians (and even Christian ones) that stopped seeing me because I wouldn’t sleep with them. I realized eventually that dating non-Christians was not a good thing, and stopped that but still it seriously can irk one off.
    So I guess where I stand is I need a REASON to stop. I know I should, I know it is wrong. But from my standpoint I really cannot see a better option. I have read those things about using this time to do all these extra things, but to be honest, this particular “habit” if you will, takes up very little time. And look, I totally get that being married would bring a lot of different difficulties into life and all that, but I can honestly say that it would be better than being single. I don’t much care for it. Celibacy and always being alone sucks. I know Jesus is the friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and is always there, but that doesn’t help sometimes lol.

    • Adam, It hurts me to hear of your frustration and pain. I too deal with being frustrated and am in pain very much alone. I do not use porn. I am married to a man that has for 29 years refused me any relationship with him intimately, emotionally or sexually, especially he has never utilized honesty. I was only used when something better wasn’t around. It is been hard to deal with as I am a very strong sexually desiring woman. I crave sex and orgasm almost everyday. I walk around with strong sexual urges just like many men describe. Some claim women aren’t built that way. Wrong. I battle and battle to pure in mind. I easily turn away from good looking men. I have seen websites and yes I have been aroused by seeing them ( coming across pictures is different from looking for them and clicking to view them more and more). It is very easy to stubble on it these days. It would be easy to give and have sexual pleasure quickly and be sexually heightened by the visual content of nudity and sexuality. But! As you stated it is wrong. What makes it wrong? Matt 5:28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt 5:29-30 states that this sends you to hell and the only way to not go there is to irradicate the sin. Run from it, but radically keep away and remove it. There are some videos and articles written here on this site about how to deal with this. Many. It is you putting into practicing and utilizing the tools. Application of God’s word is the key. First you must read it know what it says then apply. Sometimes that is not easy or maybe we have a hard time figuring out how to apply it. It comes to the decision do I want to be pleasing to God? Do I want to be defiled and impure or do I want to be pure? I am not saying that sometimes masterbation isn’t necessary for a release but you don have to defile your eyes your mind with the nakedness of anyone that God has not sanctioned for you to see and enjoy. (You don’t need a picture or a film to successfully masterbate.)He has only sanctioned enjoying visual and other sexual pleasures with that of a wife, a one flesh. It is difficult to deal with this. It can be a huge temptation if you allow it. Sin can control you. You must take the drivers seat and so NO. I will not be that person. I will not allow this to rule me. Take a shower, move your mind to something else. Above all be content. Those are difficult words. The choices are choose to be pure or choose to have a lifestyle that leads to hell and defilement. Love God by offering yourself as a living sacrifice to Him because He first loved you. Give Him what you owe Him. It is only reasonable service to Him. These are not my words But His. Do some research in your Bible and find these statements to be His. Prove it to yourself. Dig in His word it will help if searched with an open heart.
      I agree that feminism has broken much in life. Male minds treating women as things and being a tyrannical Lord demanding and not loving feeds it and I believe gave birth to it. Men were meant to loving lead by example not abuse of power. It is hard for a woman not to follow love respect and honor. Show me a man that loves his wife like Christ loved the church and there will be a loving submissive wife because she can trust him with her emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well being.
      May I suggest to you that you are angry(read your own posts, they speak with anger) and not contentment I know you are lonely and even hurt May I suggest that knowing God’s word is the key to the door to your contentment and purity and spiritual strength. Knowing it then truly applying it. Maybe you set your standards in the wrong arena when trying to find a wife. A young lady that is willing to show you even partial nudity or revealing of her by really tight clothes is not pure in her mind or knows what pure is. Maybe look to the ones you might not consider as not dressing so “pretty or cool or in” as the world sees it. I am not saying trying someone you find ugly, but try looking at the inner beauty of a women. You must look at her with more than your eyes. See the servitude of a young woman. Her attitude. Her chaste behavior. Try looking in a religious body that is not demnominationally based, but just a New Testament Christian based. Not interdenominational that anything goes, but Bible based. I really wanted quote more verse but I have typed so much, but I believe digging inGod’s word for yourself will prove what it says to you for you. Good luck. Pray and seek God and purity. Avoid things that trigger sexual arrousal. Avoid them and stay away. But change your heart with God’s word. A renewing of your mind. Your actions will follow. Much love and care for you are not alone and you face no temptation that is not common to man. There is nothing new under the sun. Use what Gid has given you. You never know what lies ahead. Seek and you will find if you seek God and His salvation with all your heart, soul and mind. Those words have real meaning that requires action from you God already has done His part. He is waiting there for you.

    • Adam. I understand your frustration with feminism, but what feminism really is is a answer to world that gas become so sexually charged that women have no other choice but to defend and protect themselves against ii, it is a problem but if you’re seeking women who are not true women of God if they are feminist they’re living for themselves not for God, you have not found the right Christian woman. As a follower of Jesus I truly believe that men need to stay pure and holy for their wives. I am an example of a Christian marriage whose husband was led astray, it has caused a lot of devastation and a lot of heart ache on my behalf. I have followed God and tried follow His will. But my husband was not following God he was following his own desires, desires that started with pornography and a strict “religious” upbringing that has his perception of who Jesus truly is totally miscued. If you truly want this to stop you need to stop doing what you are doing and focus on God and become a holy man so that you can be a holy husband to your wife and lead her and your family the way God intends. A Christian women will not submit to a Christian man but God in the Christian man, if he is not there fully then she will never submit to you fully. You can’t have evil and God in the same body, pornography and this sexually charged world we live in is a direct result of the devastation and destruction and deception of the deceiver. You have believed his lies and therefore cannot hear God completely. I really hope and pray for the best for you that you find a true Christian woman because if you find one that truly follows Jesus it is such an amazing thing, I’d hate for you to finally find that person and realize after you’re with her that you do have a problem and wind up hurting her the way I’ve been hurt. God Bless you and give you the strength and courage it takes to truly follow Him.

  4. I live where there are only small communities in a large area, so have been unable to find any support groups, so feel very isolated. Are there any call-in groups for spouses of porn/sex addicts? My husband belongs to one that has been helpful for him, but I haven’t come across any for spouses. Thanks!

    • John, Kay has posted several places to look. To quote her: “Well, a lot of the groups I know of are 12-step. Celebrate Recovery, S Anon, Al Anon, xxxChurch, Pure Desire. You could look at the CSAT directory.

      As a pastor, you might want to consider starting a support group in your church; statistically, over 60% of the men in your church are dealing with porn at least monthly, so there’s almost certainly a market for it. You can read more about that in Fight Porn in Your Church.

      By the way, in case you’re the one personally struggling, you might want to read Internet Pornography: A Ministry Leader’s Handbook to hear from other pastors in that situation.

    • John, you sound desperate so am praying for you, as I hope you do for other men in a similar situation as yours & my husband’s, who is a retired pastor. The teleconference group he belongs to & which he has found very helpful (also very affordable) is found at http://www.freedomeveryday.org. If you are married, there is also a group for your spouse, which I just discovered myself, so haven’t checked into yet, but plan to, as well as some of the others that were suggested. Isolation is an enemy for both spouses…

  5. Thanks to Kay for the suggestions online – I will be checking them out. was wondering if anyone had any groups/resources for Sydney, Australia?

  6. Ella, Sadly I have found that many of these support groups that are led by a therapist/counselor charge $$$. If a woman does not work outside of the home/retired/medical disabled or already paying a therapist & like many families trying to pay the bills , they cant afford to pay ($300/mo) in my area to attend a support group.

    I have decided to try to do something about this for the women I counsel (lay) in my hometown. There are 2 good workbooks…one by Marsha Means & Intimate Treason. Using a workbook is a good idea for a Church that has a woman that wants to start such a group but feels “unqualified” since she’s not a licensed therapist. And sometimes without a workbook using the “sharing” plan one or two women can dominate the conversation, so much so that others don’t get an opportunity to share or leave the group. I pray that Churches will get more involved in having support groups for the wives. If a woman feels God leading her to start such a group she can become a lay counselor & acquire the skills along with allowing God to use her pain to help her fellow sisters-in Christ.

    Also I would like to see more couples that have come thru this be willing to mentor other couples in their Church/community. EVERY marriage is going to face a crisis during their marriage. Most of our Churches have some pre-marital classed & Divorce recovery but NO ONE on staff to help those struggling marriages. Isn’t he message of the Church to keep families together. Sadly we are failing, but with God that can change!

  7. Ella,

    Thank you for getting out the information & helping other therapists/counselors understand the “trauma model” instead of the “co-addict” model that has been used for years. While I understand with other addictions often family members do “enable” the addict, but with sexual addiction it is different. I don’t know of one woman that stood @ the altar & thought “yeah I hope we can bring other partners into this marriage to spice it up” or ” its okay if my husband wants to use Porn or strip clubs, maybe go to prostitutes”. Nonsense!! Yet this is exactly the thinking when a wounded wife gets labeled as “co-addict”.

    Thanks again Ella for speaking out. And yes I agree with you some of the support groups you named that you found not helpful, are not! They can cause even more pain for the wife that is already reeling from her husband’s adultery.

    • Thank you, Gray! Yes, therapists do charge for their groups. That is because we went to school for a long time and also have bills to pay. For me, this is my passion, but also my job. Please understand that. It doesn’t mean we don’t care. I do offer discounts to clients who need assistance.

      We also offer a different experience than a peer led group that I feel is deeper and more healing, although I am very supportive of peer facilitated groups! In fact, I encourage you to check out the new peer facilitator training that Donna Dixon is doing with A Door of Hope. Her website is http://www.lifeisahead.com. She’s an amazing life coach and person!

  8. My journey to healing began about a year ago. However, only when joining a small group led by Ella, did life change really begin to take place. After making a heart wrenching discovery that my husband was addicted to porn, I felt hopeless, abandoned, alone, and traumatized. This was brand new to me, and certainly not something I had expected or anticipated so early on in marriage. I was desperate and looking for answers. That’s when I met Ella. We met several times individually, and she told me about a group that met once a week and the healing she had seen take place through group therapy. Although I was a bit skeptical about it all, I took a leap of faith and am so glad that I did. I began meeting with another group of women once a week as we worked through different topics that affected us all. These included coping methods, detachment, self-care, boundaries, loss, and what the future holds. Ella led these groups faithfully every week, and we were able to check in with updates about our week. We also discussed the lesson that week in our book and how that applied to each of our lives. There is so much healing that took place in that room- both in my life and the lives of other women. Throughout this experience, I have seen such a huge change in my life and my husbands life. God has worked in incredible ways to help heal our hearts and our marriage. The relational healing that has taken place with my small group is something I cherish. It will forever be a part of my story, our story, and I’m so grateful. If anyone is skeptical about group therapy, I challenge you to take a leap. My life, and my marriage, has been forever changed, and I hope that others can experience the same thing.

  9. Hi Ella,

    I live in California, near the Regan Presidential Library and I’d like to attend a support group for spouses of porn addicts. I’ve been married for 33 years, and a year and a half ago, I discovered that my husband is addicted to porn. I have a therapist I’ve seen for many years due to the grief/ depression from my mother’s death 10 years ago. She suggested that I find a support group but so far I haven’t found one through internet searches. My therapist is the only one beside my husband I’ve talked to about this and feel isolated of the suffering of my husband’s betrayal. Any information you can give me is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    PS- My husband has been going to counseling for over a year for his addiction to porn. He understands that he must go to therapy for the rest of his life. He is in agreement with my request. He knows that I would leave if he didn’t maintain his counseling. When I found out about his problem, he cried, took responsibility & said he needed help. I’ve had bad days, that I don’t trust him and feel totally disgusted with this disturbing behavior. I married him at age 20. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have married him.

    I hope you can give me some information in my area. Thanks.

    • Hello, Lori, if there’s nothing in person, you might try as a first step an online group, like with Vicki Tiede or Dirty Girls Ministry. They are both amazing. Bloom for Women also has resources for recovering wives.

      I sincerely hope you find the support you’re looking for.
      Chris

  10. Anyone having issues finding a therapist that does not accuse you of being a co-dependent or advise you to just forgive and forget and move on? It is the most painful thing having to deal with the betrayal and being accused of producing shame whenever you feel like talking to your husband about the past. The past is taboo and never to be spoken of with the person you chose to share your life with…

  11. Hello I have recently found a name to attach to why i am so depressed have anxiety low self esteem questioning my sanity it has so much to do with Betrayal trauma. I have caught my husband of 24 years on several occasions from traces of porn on different devices only to be told its not him its old or im crazy oh and I promise not to watch it anymore. He doesnt seem to have the motivation to truly take responsibility confess his secrets or to create ways to make me feel safe from being hurt by him over and over. I live in the South san Diego Tijuana area any churches groups ebooks counseling someone could recommend. Please desperate wife

    • Hey there.

      Here the link to a directory where you can find counseling help in your area. You might also appreciate the online resources at Bloom. Consider your boundaries. Here, here, and here are articles that might help you think that through. Whatever he chooses, you can choose to be healthy and whole.

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