Sar Surmick, LMFTA
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Sar Surmick

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Polyamory

- (from Greek πολύ [poly, meaning many or several] and Latin amor [love]) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate/loving relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. It is a form of consensual non-monogamy.  

 

Being Poly brings some interesting challenges to therapy. Beyond the difficulty in finding a therapist who can understand and is willing to work with a non-traditional relationship style, the multiple connections involved in being Poly create a shifting web of influence. This can be a support for people dealing with mental health issues and can also complicate things.

It can also lead to some interesting issues when seeking relationship counseling. Do you focus on one relationship, or do you bring all of your significant others into the session? Our belief is that its important to look at all the connections involved and it's common for us to see multiple partners at once.

It's also important to note that small group communication is different than one-on-one communication and requires different skills. Polyamorous individuals regularly deal with intimate and personal communication that goes beyond a single person. We believe that it is important to look at all the threads involved in that type of communication and work to build skills that improve it.

 

 

(This section is still in development. We will be adding more information and resources in the future.)