Polyamory & Non-Monogamy

LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center - Chicago and Skokie sex positive counseling specializing in kink-friendly, LGBTQ, gender identity, open relationships, polyamory, anxiety therapy.

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POLY SUPPORT GROUP Monthly on Saturdays 10:30 -12:30

For people wanting to learn more about themselves and polyamorous relationships. The group meets at the Tribe Healing Arts Center. Facilitated by Rami Henrich, LCSW and Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D. You can find out more about the group and the next meeting at www.meetup.com/Chicago-Polyamory or click here for upcoming dates.


Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D. and Rami Henrich, LCSW facilitate this 6-week course for individuals, couples, triangles, V’s, quads and more in the Chicago Polyamory Community where you can:

    • Learn & improve communication skills in your relationships
    • Learn how to work effectively & compassionately with criticisms & accusations
    • Re-discover the source of your deepest relationship(s) connection(s)
    • Get a new perspective on your most disturbing relationships concerns or issues
    • Understand & practice conflict de-escalation

To register or find out about dates for the next course, contact Rami or Cindy at 847-568-1100.

Frequently cited books:
Polyamory: The new love without limits – Anapol
Opening Up: A guide to creating and sustaining open relationships – Tristan Taormino
Love In Abundance: A Counselor’s Advice On Open Relationships – Kathy Labriola
Polyamory in the 21st Century: Love & Intimacy with Multiple Partners, Deborah Anapol
Open: Love, Sex and Life in an Open Marriage, Jenny Block
What Does Polyamory Look Like? Poly Diverse Patterns of Loving & Living…, Mim Chapman
The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Pollyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures, Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy
The New Intimacy: Open-ended Marriage & Alternative Lifestyles, Ronald Mazur
The Lesbian Polyamory Reader: Open Relationships, Non-monogamy & Casual Sex, Marcia Munson & Judith Stelboum (eds)
Sex, Love & Marriage in the 21st Century: The Next Sexual Revolution, Timothy Perper & Martha Cornog (eds)
The Art and Etiquette of Polyamory: A Hands-on Guide to Open Sexual Relationships, Francoise Simpere
Opening Up: A guide to Creating & Sustaining Open Relationships, Tristan Taormino
The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families, Elizabeth Sheff
Rewriting the Rules: An Integrative Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships , Meg Barker
Mindful Geek, Michael W. Taft
The New Monogamy, Tammy Nelson
Stories from the Polycule, Elizabeth Sheff
The Polyamorists Next Door, Elizabeth Sheff
Love in Abundance, Kathy Labriola
ReWriting the Rules, Meg Barker

In addition, research and scholarly work published by LifeWorks clinicians on the experiences of people who identify as polyamorous can be found at:

Hemphill, S, Simon, S & Haydon, B.  (2016) Exploring Personal and Professional Understanding of Nonmonogamous Relationships: Reflections on a Group Work-Informed WorkshopSocial Work with Groups.

Henrich, R. (2011). Following a Path of Heart: Psychological, relational and social issues of polyamorists. Unpublished manuscript.

Henrich, R. & Trawinski, C. (2016) Social and therapeutic challenges facing polyamorous clients (1)Sexual & Relationship Therapy.

Online sources for additional information:

LifeWorks practice brochure — downloadable pdf

LifeWorks serves the north suburbs including Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge and Glencoe as well as Chicago neighborhoods including Central Loop, Lakeview, Edgewater, Rogers Park, Andersonville, Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park. 

For more information or to make an appointment, please call or email:info@lifeworkspsychotherapy.com 847-568-1100

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