For those whose relationships do NOT survive the impact of our partners’ sexual betrayal (including sex addiction, porn addiction, infidelity and/or other forms of problematic sexual behavior), certain recovery concepts—like grieving, healing, repairing and moving on—are VERY DIFFERENT than for those who remain together and heal within an evolving relationship.

In my work with clients across all different stages of relationship trauma and transition, I’ve often observed this significant (albeit unintentional) degree of situational disparity, an impending sense of marginalization experienced by partners who ultimately separate. Too often, the unique needs of these people have gone unnoticed, unacknowledged and unmet, simply due to lack of resources that highlight, honor and address these fundamental distinctions.

Confronted with this challenge, I knew I had two options: I could call game over, or I could call game on.

So I took a deep breath. I rolled up my sleeves.
And I vowed to become part of the solution.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Are YOU healing from separation or divorce in the aftermath of betrayal?
Or, are you a helping professional seeking to support your clients, community or congregation? If so, I invite you to explore the resources I’ve created exclusively for this demographic. With 9+ years of dedicated professional training, research, interviews and advocacy—including firsthand work with nearly 200 divorced, divorcing and separated survivors of sexual betrayal—I’m humbled to provide an expansive collection of awareness, experience and expertise on this field of specialization.

Bottom line, I know there’s nothing worse than feeling “alone in the aftermath.” Starting now, I hope you feel a bit less alone.


SIGNATURE SUPPORT GROUP (Short-Term Closed Group):
Avenue D: “Road to Debridement”

New Cohorts Begin in August 2022
Avenue D: “Road to Debridement” (aka “de-bride-ment”) is a four month, 12 session, topic-based support group for divorced, divorcing and permanently separated survivors of sexual and/or relational betrayal. Avenue D incorporates original materials written by Gaelyn Rae Emerson; each week’s topic is designed to uncover and explore a different topical component of recovery for survivors of betrayal-related separation and divorce. Avenue D seeks to help women resolve their trauma through “remembrance and mourning,” processing their pain with purpose, presence and compassionate forward-focus. Gaelyn facilitates new cohorts for Avenue D at multiple points throughout the year. Next cohorts begin on August 4, 2022. 
Click here to download more information.
Click here to register.

DreamGirls: Designing Our New Lives
Join Anytime! (Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 1pm–2:30pm ET)
Unlike Avenue D’s topic-oriented approach, DreamGirls provides a flexible, open-ended and open-topic forum, for clients who are actively and independently exploring their “new normal,” alone in the aftermath of relationships mortally wounded by sexual betrayal. DreamGirls provides twice-weekly online coaching sessions, facilitated by Gaelyn Rae Emerson. DreamGirls seeks to help women resolve their trauma through active and progressive “reconnection,” inspiring them to rediscover, reclaim and reorient themselves—all within the context of other women who are doing it, too. Clients can join DreamGirls at any point, on a month-to-month basis (no long-term commitment required.) Best of all? For clients who cannot afford the full group fee, DreamGirls invites participants to join on a “pay what you can” basis. Please note: DreamGirls session times and days occasionally change, based upon active group participants. Email to confirm current session schedule.
Click here to download more information.
Click here to register.

Rediscovering Me: “Who Am I Beyond My Trauma?”
For Female Survivors of Relational Trauma
Facilitated by specialist coaches Jacki Elsom, Esther Elmer and Gaelyn Rae Emerson, Rediscovering Me: “Who Am I Beyond My Trauma?” is a truly DIFFERENT kind of support group! Rediscovering Me is designed to support women during the second, third and ongoing stages of their trauma recoveries—those ready to “reengage” life, all within a brave, empowering and trauma-sensitive environment of other women seeking similar goals. Rediscovering Me has two online components: (a) 24 live weekly sessions via Zoom, and (b) a privately moderated Facebook group exclusively for Rediscovering Me participants. Registration is currently closed for our 2022 cohort. New cohorts will likely begin in spring/summer 2023.

For more information, click here.
To join our notification waitlist, please email

Alone in the Aftermath | Secret Facebook Group
Admission by invitation only. Click here to request membership.
Alone in the Aftermath | Recommended Reading List
Created for helping professionals. Click here to download.

Divorce with Dignity | Podcast Interview with Kristin Cary
Living Truth Podcast from
Click here to listen—Part One.
Click here to listen—Part Two.

My “Big Sexy Comeback” Story | Podcast Interview with Jenni Rochelle

Beauty After Betrayal, August 2021Click here to listen.
Creating a New Happily Ever After | Podcast Interview with Anna Osborn
Her Life Unscripted, August 2019Click here to listen.
Feeling and Healing from Abandonment | Podcast Interview with Geoff Steurer
Illuminate Podcast, April 2020Click here to listen.
Feeling and Healing from Sexual Rejection | Summit Interview with Jordann Alyce
Ready to Rise: Triumph Over Trauma, February 2020Click here to listen.
What Happens If I Need to Leave? | Radio Interview with Carol Sheets
APSATS Betrayal Recovery Radio, February 2018Click here to listen.
Divorce Support for Partners of Sex Addicts | Radio Interview with Carol Sheets
Sex Help with Carol the Coach, October 2016Click here to listen.

Alone in the AftermathSociety for the Advancement of Sexual Health
SASH Conference, September 2016Click here to listen.
From Separation to Sexploration: Navigating the Liminal Landscape of Post-Divorce SexSociety for the Advancement of Sexual Health
SASH Conference, October 2020Click here to listen.


I’ll Be Home (Alone) for Christmas
 | FREE Holiday Support + Sharing Sessions
December 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
BYOV: Be Your Own ValentineFREE Holiday Support + Sharing Sessions
February 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
Hearts on Fire: The Courage ContinuesDreamGirls Sisterhood Retreat
February 2022, January 2020
How Can I Protect and Heal My Children? | Workshop

April 15, 2018. Click here to download event flyer.
Who Am I Beyond Betrayal Trauma? | Workshop
Spring 2017. Click here to download event flyer.

The Fable of the Bridge
On That Day
Eleven Words for Women Ever After
Be Still and Know? Dear God, You Must Be Joking

Having sex (or not) after separation or divorce? Either way, I want to hear about it!


The Women Ever After Identity Project