• Marie Murphy

96: When You Leave Your Marriage but Your Affair Partner Doesn't

Updated: Nov 16


Dr. Marie Murphy

Dr. Marie Murphy is a Relationship Coach, specializing in helping people who are having affairs make decisions on how to move forward — without judgment. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Sexuality from the University of California, San Diego, and has been teaching sex education since her high school years. Dr. Murphy is also a yoga instructor and has previously taught meditation.




Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Dr. Marie Murphy talks about the process of ending a marriage and the emotions that come with it

  • What happens when your affair partner is not progressing towards leaving their marriage?

  • Why you should get clear on what you want in your romantic life

  • Operating on the belief that waiting for someone is your only shot at happiness versus making your own happiness

  • Why your affair partner’s actions do not indicate you are flawed

  • Dr. Murphy discusses recognizing the power and opportunity you have to make the best out of situations


In this episode…


When presented with the prospect of dismantling their lives by ending their marriage, people may become dismayed. What happens when your affair partner doesn’t leave their marriage — but you do?

It can be easy to downgrade your value and blame your partner’s actions on the explanation that you’re deeply and fatally flawed. When someone makes a choice, Dr. Marie Murphy says you can’t manage what other people do, you can only manage your decisions about how to respond to them. You have the power to recognize and make the best of the situation — and the ability to recognize your romantic future is not determined by the fate of your affair.

In this episode of Your Secret is Safe With Me, Dr. Marie Murphy talks about how to decide what you want your romantic future to look like, even without your affair partner. Dr. Murphy explains what happens when your affair partner does not leave their marriage, why you need to get clear about your wants in a relationship, and the importance of recognizing that your affair partner’s decisions do not indicate a flaw with yourself.

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This episode is brought to you by Marie Murphy Ph.D. Relationship Coaching.


Dr. Marie Murphy provides shame-free, blame-free, and non-judgmental relationship coaching. She draws from different philosophical traditions and approaches in order to better understand the human condition and the different types of professional assistance that can be germane to people in complicated relationship situations.


To learn more about her and her relationship coaching practice, visit www.mariemurphyphd.com today and schedule an introductory coaching session with Dr. Marie Murphy to begin the process of resolving your infidelity situation in a way that's truly right for you.

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