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Opening Up: Monogamous to Polyamory in Therapy

Opening Up: Monogamous to Polyamory in Therapy

Therapy can help you explore the possibility of opening up your relationship to polyamory or help strengthen those that have committed to the lifestyle. Therapy can provide support and guidance as you navigate this process deeper. You may want to consider going to therapy if you and your partner are struggling to communicate about opening up your relationship to polyamory, or if you feel stuck and unsure about how to move forward. If you are experiencing jealousy, anxiety, or other challenging emotions, therapy can provide support and guidance as you navigate these feelings. Ultimately, the decision to go to therapy is a personal one, and it’s important to listen to your own intuition and do what feels right for you. Here are a few things to consider.

  1. It’s important to have realistic expectations. Therapy can be helpful, but it’s not a magic solution that will fix all of your problems overnight. Here are some things to keep in mind:
  2. It takes time: Opening up a relationship to polyamory can be a long and challenging process. It’s important to be patient and commit to the process.
  3. It requires effort: You and your partner will need to be willing to put in the effort to make the therapy work. This may mean doing homework outside of therapy sessions, practicing communication skills, and being open to feedback.
  4. It’s not a guarantee: It is not a guarantee that your relationship will become polyamorous. It’s important to be open to the possibility that it may not work out, and to be prepared for the potential challenges that come with non-monogamy.
  5. Explore your feelings: Therapy can provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your own feelings and desires around polyamory. You can work through any fears, concerns, or anxieties you may have and gain a better understanding of your own values and needs.
  6. Improve communication: Therapy can help you and your partner improve your communication skills, which is essential when opening up a relationship. A therapist can teach you both how to express your thoughts and feelings in a constructive way and how to actively listen to each other.
  7. Negotiate boundaries: Polyamorous relationships require clear and well-defined boundaries. A therapist can help you and your partner negotiate these boundaries and come to a mutual understanding of what is and is not acceptable in your relationship.
  8. Provide emotional support: Opening up a relationship to polyamory can be a challenging process, and a therapist can provide emotional support and guidance as you navigate the ups and downs.

It is important to have a competent therapist in this area because therapy is a process that can have a significant impact on a person’s mental health and overall well-being. A competent therapist has the knowledge, skills, and experience to provide effective treatment and support to their clients regarding polyamory and open relationships. AMR has therapists who are competent in working with polyamorous couples or those interested in opening up their relationship. If you choose to work with us, awesome.  If not, consider asking these questions to a potential therapist.

  1. Have you worked with polyamorous clients before?
  2. What has your experience been like?
  3. What is your approach to working with non-monogamous relationships?
  4. How do you ensure that all partners in a polyamorous relationship are heard and respected?
  5. How do you handle conflicts or disagreements within a polyamorous relationship?

Remember it is a therapist’s job to answer any questions you might have about the process of therapy and their expertise. 

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