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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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 Tacoma, WA

I recently broadened my practice to include ethical non-monogamy. I've attended training to specifically educate myself on issues, terms, and a general understanding of dynamics. My aim is to help individuals explore if a non-monogamous relationship structure is one they want to enter into or navigate one they are in, and to assist couples grappling with opening their relationship.

— Jen King, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CT
 

Clients should feel affirmed that polyamory is a valid lifestyle, and my practice is welcoming towards polyamorous people. Furthermore, I have over two decades experience understanding the diverse spectrum of the consensually non-monogamy communities.

— Erick Sowell, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

People open up their relationships to pursue more connection. Yet, living in a society that expects and prioritizes monogamy can often make this pursuit or practice feel isolating and insecure. Whether you’re newly considering the Lifestyle or have an established Polycule, I specialize in helping individuals—partnered or solo—work through this challenging process.

— Amanda Earle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
 

Nearly a quarter of my caseload has been centered around relationships that are practicing ethical non monogamy, transitioning into opening or closing their relationships, and other conversations around the impacts of society’s expectations for monogamy.

— Ajay Dheer, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Beaverton, OR

I have specialized knowledge related to the issues people face while maintaining an established consensually non-monogamous relationship (or adjusting to a new one!). There will be no shock, confusion, or trying to talk you out of your decision.

— Pamela Duff, Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL
 

I like helping poly folks and families deepen their connections through understanding and having compassion for each others'attachment styles, as well as take steps to define and honor the boundaries of all involved.

— Jules Allison, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I have both professional and personal experience in initiating and navigating ethically non-monogamous relationships. It can be a very exciting journey full of discovery and connection but it can also be challenging. I give partners and individuals tools and resources to understand and minimize the negative possibilities and enhance the positive ones.

— Jamila Dawson, Sex Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

It can be difficult to seek help from someone that you feel doesn't understand your relationship structure. I have specialized training and an in depth understanding of concerns people face when adjusting to or maintaining consensual non-monogamy in their relationship(s).

— Pamela Duff, Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL

I believe that all of us have a right to love and relate according to what feels appropriate and fulfilling to us. I have been practicing and researching polyamory for over 16 years.

— Carolina Castano, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

I've worked with many clients who've engaged in various forms of ethical non-monogamy in individual and couples sessions. I've had friends who engaged in ethical non-monogamy since I was in undergrad. I tried it myself, but didn't find it was a good fit for me. I educate clients about ethical non-monogamy as an option if they have historically been monogamous. I educate clients about how to do it well cause it involves a lot of communication and negotiation of needs as well as clear boundaries.

— Tia (Christia) Young, Counselor

If you need to talk to a mental health counselor about something that happened during a scene with your metamour, call me. I get it. With me you will find a knowledgeable and affirming ally.

— Ellen Ross Hodge, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

Even in individual work, I tend to view most challenges through a relationship- or attachment-based lens. Our personalities and our lives are shaped by our families, friends, and romantic partnerships, and uncovering the hidden dynamics of those relationships can be so powerful. Any surface-level problem in a relationship is linked to a deeper meaning. I specialize in working with folks in poly, open, and/or kink relationships.

— Natosha Knight, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

All relationship structures are welcome in my space!

— Elyssa Helfer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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 enjoy working with people in relationships that are unique and that are identified only by the people within them. That includes polyamorous and open relationships. I believe healthy communication is the key to the success of any relationship, regardless of how many people are in it or what their roles are. While I hope to offer relationship counseling in the future, I currently tend to work one-on-one with each person and sometimes combine the sessions if needed.

— Chandra Niklewski, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in HAGERSTOWN, MD
 

I welcome consensually non-monogamous partners. Whether it's just one of you or the whole polycule, I can help you find a way to love each other better.

— Anna Khandrueva, Therapist in Broomfield, CO