“A disclosure that is less than 100% honest is not a disclosure, but a deception!”
~ Milton S. Magness ~
If you are a spouse or partner in a couple relationship and you have experienced betrayal by your significant other, then you might consider incorporating a disclosure session as part of your treatment process.
What Does “Deep Betrayal” Look Like?
We consider “deep betrayal” to be any act committed by a partner or spouse that severs the lines of trust in the couple relationship and strongly injures the emotional attachment of the couple. Examples include, but not limited to:
Emotional Affairs | Sexual Infidelity | Financial Infidelity | Secretive Behavior
What Is the Purpose of a Disclosure?
In a nutshell, a disclosure session is a process designed to aid in providing the betrayed partner/spouse peace of mind. Damaging secrets have a way of surfacing in relationships; thus, it is our belief that it is imperative that the offending party reveal these secrets in a controlled setting so that they can move forward in recovery with minimal worry that more secrets may surface in the future. Thus, if you are doubting your spouse’s honesty, then a therapeutic disclosure may be what you and your relationship needs in order to move forward. Additionally, the offending spouse may also experience a sense of relief and freedom as keeping secrets is often very burdensome which can hinder recovery.
Utilizing a Polygraph
Clients partaking in the therapeutic disclosure process will have the opportunity to utilize a polygraph exam in effort to support the truthfulness of the offending spouse’s/partner’s disclosure statement.
Polygraph exams are an increasingly common tool in helping clients’ recover from infidelities and the impact of sexual addiction.
Family Solutions Counseling (FSC) uses Truth Verification Polygraph Services as their primary vendor for polygraph administration. If you have questions or concerns regarding the validity, procedures, and/or measurements of these exams please contact David Otwell by visiting his website at www.TruthPolygraph.com.
Participation in the therapeutic disclosure process, with or without the use of polygraph, is NOT required, but is ALWAYS the choice of the party or parties in treatment. If you should choose to take these steps, your individual and couple’s therapists will coordinate to guide and support you through this process. Therapeutic disclosure often brings initial tension to the relationship; some relationships do not survive the process. However, research has indicated that the utilization of a therapeutic disclosure is an important step to the healing and recovery process of the affected individual and/or couple.
There is a lot involved in the process of conducting an effective therapeutic disclosure. Therefore, if you are interested in participating in a therapeutic disclosure or if you have any questions about the process, please contact us as we would be happy to provide you more information.
Note: Recovery Solutions is an intensives program offered by Family Solutions Counseling (FSC) that features unique and specific services to aid individuals and couples in recovery. Please visit our website for more information on Recovery Solutions and other services offered by FSC.