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Knowing posted 5/14/2013 18:48 PM

If a WS does not get into IC immediately after DDay, there comes a point where they cannot help the BS in their healing.

My fWH got a "pass" on counselling after DDay because of a heavy work schedule (100+ hours a week). We agreed he would go into IC after this project. It's been 2 weeks since he finished and he finally called today for an appointment. We've been in MC at a reduced frequency of once a month (if he could make it).

We are almost 8 months post DDay, and I'm ready to start moving forward and he has barely begun. I hope he can catch up!

Rebreather posted 5/14/2013 20:12 PM

It's very true and more should know this. If the BS gets too far ahead, they may not be able to allow the WS spouse to catch up. Hope he can!

Bobbi_sue posted 5/15/2013 11:59 AM

It may be true for some, but my H never got any counseling and we learned to communicate better than ever before, on our own.

My H's remorse was the main driving factor that facilitated our R. I'm not really a big fan of counseling for most situations.

Undone1 posted 5/15/2013 14:11 PM

Be careful not to take responsility for his recovery! There are plenty of things a spouse can do to work towards recovery, even without IC. You just have to be clear about your expectations and if he wants to do it, he willl.

Knowing posted 5/15/2013 15:18 PM

IC is definitely a requirement for R. I don't want to go through this again and neither does he. He needs to figure out what is broken inside of him that he thought the A was going to fix.

It's easier to fix an M than it is to fix a person, but he's worth it.

He has FOO issues and other abuse issues. He's also conflict avoidant, intensely uncomfortable talking about or identifying his feelings, rebellious by nature and resistant to change. He needs to change in significant ways before I will consider staying with him.

He needs to reinvent himself because between his A and the worst parts of his personality, he's no longer a great catch.

kansas1968 posted 5/15/2013 15:29 PM

I don't think a couple of weeks head start will make much difference. It has been two and a half years and my husband has really balked on IC and MC. He as gone, but I have gone much more. We still have a bit of work to do, but things are going very well. I don't think there are any pat rules other than two people desparately wanting to keep their marriage.

Knowing posted 5/15/2013 15:43 PM

I have almost 6 months of a head start in IC. I'm ready to start "moving forward" (for lack of a better term) but he's unable to because he has hardly done any work on himself since DDay. He's been allowed to coast because of an insane work schedule and still has all the same "issues" he had that led to his A. He really hasn't begun to heal in a way that will allow our relationship to continue, let alone flourish.

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