Category Archives: Polyamory Counseling

Healing from Affairs — Cheating is not Polyamory

by Rami Henrich, LCSW Affairs can surface in a long-term relationship.  Can healing occur when the affairs have been covert, repeated and ongoing? Several years ago a couple, Peter and Sherri (not their real names), a married, het/cisgender couple, came … Continue reading

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Interview with Jo Flannery, AMFT, MA Sexology

Jo Flannery, AMFT, MA Sexology, is one of four therapists to join LifeWorks this year through the Greenhouse, our postgraduate psychotherapy training and mentoring program. The Greenhouse provides new clinicians with opportunities to develop their identities as therapists, deepen their … Continue reading

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Returning to Therapy — A Profound Act of Self-care

by Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D., Dipl. PW & Rami Henrich, LCSW, Dipl. PW “I can’t believe I’m here… again.” Some people returning to therapy for the second, third, or fifth time often wonder “why do I need to go back to … Continue reading

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The Long Haul

The following is an excerpt from a recently published article by Rami Henrich, that can be found in Elizabeth Sheff’s book, Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families. The first of its kind, this anthology collects stories and … Continue reading

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A New Polyamory Book: Stories from the Polycule

We are pleased to announce that our friend and associate, sociologist and researcher,  Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has just published her newest book, Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families. The first of its kind, this anthology collects stories and … Continue reading

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Therapist Bias

by Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D. & Rami Henrich, LCSW Bias influences all of us — even therapists. In fact, one 2011 study indicates that as many as 50% of clients identifying as polyamorous had seen therapists that they felt lacked cultural … Continue reading

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Meeting Difference – Our Conflict with Contact

by Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D., Dipl. PW “Otherness, taken seriously, always invites transformation, calling us not only to new facts and theories and values but also to new ways of living our lives – and that is the most daunting threat … Continue reading

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Sex…How Much is Enough?

by Rami Henrich So often in my practice I hear complaints about differing levels of libido in partners.  One partner has more interest and desire than the other. What to do? I have to say that frequently I don’t have the answer. … Continue reading

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Expanding the Boundaries: Polyamory & Non-traditional Family Forms

By Rami Henrich Last weekend, I attended the 35th Annual Meeting of AFTA (American Family Therapy Academy), in Chicago.  The conference, entitled “Coupling Today: Love, Parenting, Community,” included many excellent presentations and opportunities to learn from colleagues. I was pleased … Continue reading

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Longing for Belonging

By Rami Henrich On Saturday, March 30, the Chicago Polyamory Support Group met. Into its 4th year, the group has welcomed hundreds of people through its doors. Being an open support group, anyone can come at any time. Each month … Continue reading

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