Polyamorous and Open Relationships

Even though they both fall under the umbrella of consensual non-monogamy, polyamory and open relationships are two very different things. Polyamory means having multiple romantic relationships at the same time, with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. An open relationship is a relationship where the parties are free to take new partners. Whatever form of non-monogamy you practice or are interested in exploring, you and your partner(s) will have to navigate things like boundaries, safe sex, and jealousy. If you are running into issues or roadblocks, seeing a qualified mental health professional provides a safe and supportive space to discuss your concerns and improve communication skills. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s polyamorous and open relationships experts today.

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Open relationships are more about transformation rather than exploration. Embracing our infinite ability to love, we are reminded of the possibilities of transforming our own lives by letting go of the binds and tight holds we have on each other and begin embracing ourselves do we truly understand what love really looks, feels like, and means. True autonomy and freedom are about transformation not exploration. If you seek open relationships for some other reason you may be missing the point.

— Moushumi Ghose, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I help clients in poly and open relationships by supporting them as they develop a greater sense of self through relationships with others. In my work with poly clients, we explore personal needs and how they are(n't) met and consider ways that these relationships can be structured.

— Ben Hearn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Allison Park, PA
 

While ethical non-monogamy can be incredibly rewarding, it can also come with its own set of challenges. I offer a non-judgmental space where we can work together on those challenges. I work with folks experiencing jealousy, struggling to communicate their needs and boundaries, or just looking for support and guidance as they navigate the ups and downs of a relationship style that doesn’t always have a clear road map.

— Julia Markovitz, Marriage & Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

I work with individuals navigating consensual non-monogamy. Some of the common issues I work with include: deciding whether or not to open a relationship, working through jealousy, dealing with "new relationship energy", structuring your open relationship, time management, communication issues, etc.

— Meghan Arroyo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
 

Poly, ENM, CNM individuals, couples+ and those that have been surprised by their partner's desire to be poly, will find affirming care in my therapy room. Beyond this, also kink, swinging, and other forms of adult sexual practices often defined as outside of "conventional"

— Ami Lynch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, VA

Non-Traditional relationships are one of my favorite areas to work with because they can present some of the ripest opportunities for personal growth. Going against the grain of society will always come with challenges. Communication and working with jealousy and insecurity are at the core of open relationship health. But let's also make sure this isn't a way of reinforcing avoidant attachment styles! Lots of growth to be had in this arena. Buckle up and lets do it in a healthy way!

— Theo Kuczek, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

My personal and professional experiences with polyamorous relationships have led me to specialize in working with others within the community. I'd love to support you on your journey and help you navigate concerns about your poly relationships.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Navigating the field of polyamory and open relationships can be difficult and frustrating for a couple that is excited to try this unconventional way of life. Although it may not be the norm, it can lead to relationship satisfaction and personal happiness that some people cannot achieve in a monogamous relationship. However, sometimes the couple needs the expertise of therapist to help them address issues that may arise in the relationship.

— Leon Banister, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami, FL
 

I have significant experience working and connecting with the polyamorous community. I work to support individuals in exploring and becoming comfortable in their identities and in finding successful and comfortable relationship configurations.

— eric bjorlin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evanston, IL

I specialize in supporting individuals and couples in polyamorous and open relationships. Through therapy sessions, I help clients navigate the complexities of multiple partnerships by fostering open communication, establishing healthy boundaries, and promoting mutual respect. By creating a safe and non-judgmental space, I work collaboratively with clients to address challenges, explore personal growth, and enhance relationship dynamics within the context of non-traditional love structure

— XiaoRan(Alice) Zhao, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in , MD
 

I work extensively with consensual non monogamy and help to identify boundaries, engage in emotional healing, and move towards connection.

— Samantha Tenner, Therapist in Denver, CO

If you are in an ethically non-monogamous relationship, chances are you’ve been asked inappropriate questions like if you all share a bed, and how the sex part works. The last thing you want to do is to have those conversations in therapy. I worked with many people in poly and open relationships and see diverse relationship structures as healthy and normal. This part of your life may or may not be the center of the work. Either way, shame and judgement won’t have any place in the conversation.

— Katie Bautch, Psychologist in Sacramento, CA
 

Whether you're just beginning to explore ethical non-monogamy, or you've been non-monogamous for some time, you're welcome here. I provide non-monogamy affirming individual & relationship therapy, which includes partners in many relationship structures.

— Rea Pareja, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Amy and has been attending teaching Ethical/consensual non-monogamy conferences and events for the last 10 years. She has experience working with clients (10-85) in the community and those interested in exploring non-monogamy, learning terminology, transitioning relationship dynamics, opening yourself up to dating, and how to break up or transition with out destroying a friendship.

— Amy Studer, Licensed Professional Counselor in , MO
 

I have done a number of trainings related to poly and ethically non-monogamous relationships in addition to being in a ENM relationship myself. I know the difficulties with feelings (especially jealousy!), communication, and dealing with metamours. I can help you work through these issues on your own because you need to own these feelings. Remember, they're just feelings; how you handle them is what matters!

— Kylie Peele, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, NC

There remain many misunderstandings and stigmas surrounding this way of living. As a person with lived experience in this community, I am sensitive and attuned to the complex challenges (and rich rewards) that can come with polyamory.

— Timothy Rasmussen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Seattle, WA
 

Relationship structures outside of mononormative standards come with their own unique benefits and challenges. My job as a poly-affirming therapist is to dispel shame around non-monogamy and help guide you towards the most ethical and supportive practices. I have both personal and professional experience with non-monogamy and am a firm believer that we are all capable of giving and receiving the kind of love that fulfills us.

— Robin Roemer, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Every relationship is different and has a unique dynamic. My experience with polyamorous and open relationships helps inform my perspective of working with you and members of you personal circle no matter how big it is, nor which genders it is comprised of.

— Beck Pazdral, Counselor in Seattle, WA