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There are some specific phases for helping couples overcome affairs. The second phase is:
Phase #2 Examining Predisposing Factors--As feelings of rage and mistrust diminish in intensity, the therapist is able to review the couple's courtship, early marital history, crisis points in the marriage and their handling, and an examination of their families of origin.
Understanding these issues can help couples learn the factors that have contributed most to the infidelity. It also brings implicit issues into the forefront. This is a big step in creating long lasting change.