Category Archives: Psychotherapy Articles

Children in Polyamorous Families – Part 2

by Elisabeth A. Sheff Ph.D., CASA, CSE In the first part of this series on children in polyamorous families, I explained how these kids have age-dependent experiences and why they appear to be doing so well in general. This second blog … Continue reading

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Green House Experiences & Insights

We are now accepting applications for the Green House 2018 Cohort. Launched in 2016, the Green House is LifeWorks’ postgraduate psychotherapy training program. Participants join us here in Chicago for 12 months of tuition-free learning and real-world clinical experience centered … Continue reading

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Assertive Communication 101: Finding Your Voice

by Morgan Concepcion, LCPC I am passionate about interpersonal boundaries, and in my experience to have good boundaries, telling others about them is imperative!  Assertive communication is crucial to being able to set, clarify, and protect your boundaries as well … Continue reading

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Children in Polyamorous Families: Part 1

by Elisabeth “Eli” A. Sheff Ph.D., CASA, CSE Eli Sheff is considered a leading expert on polyamorous families with children.  She has written three books on the subject including  The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families, Stories from the Polycule: … Continue reading

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The Conflict with Conflict in Poly Relationships

by Cindy Trawinski, PsyD Ever had conflict? Most people have had more conflict than they care to recall. Conflict is important to everyone and every relationship but when you are in a multi-partnered relationship good conflict skills become even more … Continue reading

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More to Love: Polyamory in the Real World

On May 30, 2017, LifeWorks partner Rami Henrich, LCSW was part of an interview for Chicago Tonight which aired on Chicago’s PBS station WTTW regarding polyamorous relationships.  In the on air interview, Rami shares her experience of being in a polyamorous relationship for … Continue reading

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Shaming Methods in Popular Psychology

by David Bedrick J.D., Dipl. PW David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW, is a speaker, counselor, attorney, and teacher.  He is the author of the acclaimed Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology and the forthcoming title Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and … Continue reading

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What Basson’s Sexual Response Cycle Teaches Us About Sexuality

by Jo Flannery, AMFT The following article has been adapted from “Taking a Closer Look at Basson’s Model of the Sexual Response Cycle,” Jo Flannery’s article for Sexology International. It has been edited from its original format. To read the … Continue reading

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How to Create Fulfilling Relationships After Experiences of Abuse

by Niyati Evers, MAPW We are pleased to share this article by our friend and colleague, Niyati Evers, MAPW, and diplomate in Process Work. Niyati is a sex-positive therapist with Alchemy of Eros, a Portland, Oregon-based professional counseling services organization … Continue reading

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Anam Cara: Soul Lessons From Anxiety & Panic

by Elizabeth Duke, PsyD There is a phrase in Gaelic, anam cara, which means “soul friend.” According to the Anam Cara Therapy Center in California, anam cara is: A teacher, companion or spiritual guide…Where consciousness is dulled, distant or blind, … Continue reading

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