Polyamory-affirmative therapy

Susan Wenzel is a poly -friendly or polyamory affirmative therapist. A poly affirmative therapist means a trained clinician who has extra knowledge both personally, but also professional to challenge the stigma of ethical nonmonogamy and societal bias and judgment toward consensual nonnogamous individuals and their families. A poly affirmative therapist also assists clients thrive in their relationships as they learn skills to navigate their relationship and manage jealous and other insecurities that might arise. Susan and her husband are in polyamory for the last nine years and have learned skills to navigate their polyamorous and open relationships. ENM is an umbrella of open relationships, polyamory, swingers, monogamish , polyandry , basically any type of relationship that is between two consenting adults that are not in monogamous relationship. (see attached exercises for additional terminologies )

Susan is an author of “A happy life in an open relationship: The Essential guide to a healthy and fulfilling nonmonogamous love life“. The book has been featured in diverse media platforms, including O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Post, The New York Times, Men’s Health, The Daily Telegraph, UK, Business Insider, Katie Couric Media, various podcasts and Radio Shows.

Susan’s book on Amazon.

She is currently working on her second book on Managing jealousy and other insecurities in polyamory and other ethical nonmonogaous relationships.

A polyamorous relationship is an opportunity for individuals and couples to learn communication skills, set healthy boundaries, establish strong emotional bonds, increase the feeling of love, communicate needs and wants, form loving relationships with others, and enhance sexual experiences. Through the emotional work required in open and polyamorous relationships, the couple and individuals can learn to manage jealousy and other insecurities that might arise. As a poly friendly therapist my work is to walk alongside you as you learn to design and navigate your ethical nonmonogamous relationships and to thrive in them.

One of the main reasons that polyamory clients seek my service is due to jealousy. Managing and overcoming jealousy is not a liner process. It’s not a weakness, but an opportunity for growth as you take the journey inward for healing and wholeness.
Polyamory is an opportunity for individuals and couples to learn communication skills, set healthy boundaries, establish strong emotional bonds, increase the feeling of love, communicate needs and wants, form loving relationships with others, and enhance sexual experiences. Through the emotional work required in open and polyamorous relationships, polyamory-friendly therapists can help couples and individuals learn skills to manage jealousy and foster personal growth that will help them transcend relationships in a much higher consciousness of living a happy and fulfilling life. The greatest gift we can give our relationship is to become emotionally buoyant.

Poly affirmative therapy is for you if:

  • If you are struggling with jealousy and other insecurities in your polyamory relationship
  • If you wish to learn skills for managing jealousy and other insecurities.
  • If you think polyamory and other ENM is for you
  • If you or your partner is thinking of initiating an open or polyamory relationship
  • If you desire to learn communication skills that foster closeness and connections with your partner (s) in your poly-relationship
  • If you desire many love in your love life
  • If you desire to set healthy boundaries in your polyamorous relationship
  • If you wish to establish boundaries around safe sex
  • If you flip flop with compersion and jealously
  • If you desire better outcome with time management in your poly-relationship
  • If you feel that your needs are not met in poly relationship
  • If you partner or you are keeping secrets in your relationships
  • If you wish to disclose your polyamory relationship to your children, friends and family
  • If you have generalized anxiety and fear about coming out
  • If you desire many love in your life and embrace your lifestyle
  • If you are doubting if you are nonmonogamous or monogamous individual\
  • If you wish to learn non-attachment skills that are affecting your identify and worthiness
  • If you wish to learn skills to foster self-love, self-worth, self-acceptance and emotional regulation
  • If you wish to learn skills to foster personal growth, spirituality and emotional wellbeing in your ethical nonmonogamous relationships.
  • If you desire more sexual connection with your primary or other partner(s)
  • If you wish to define and create structure around your poly relationship
  • If you wish to transcend your polygamous relationship by seeking personal growth , spirituality and high consciousness
  • If you are preparing to have a live in new partner
  • If you are planning to have a blended polyamorous family unit
  • If you feel judged by your current therapist, coach or professional worker
  • If you are afraid of push-back at your workplace
  • If you feel your boundaries are not respected in your relationship
  • If your partner is neglecting, you due to new relationship energy (NRE).
  • If you wish to be legally married to your poly partners
  • If you feel insecurely attached to your partner
  • If you wish to learn how to become a better support system for your partner(s).
  • If you wish to evaluate and adjust your polyamory’s agreements.
  • If you feel unfulfilled in-spite of your partner’s effort to meet your needs and accommodate your desires
  • If you wish to learn to create your own happiness in your poly relationship
  • If you wish to discuss explicit and implicit boundaries in your relationship
  • If you wish to discuss off-limits activities
  • If you desire to learn techniques for dealing with anxious thoughts and negative beliefs
  • If you are grieving and having difficult time letting go of relationships that have come to an end
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