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Psychology Today is the largest, most well-known directory for locating mental health providers in the United States. Potential clients looking for a therapist or psychiatrist type in their city or zip code and are presented with mental health providers in their area. You can also filter your results on any number of subcategories within their current headings (insurance, issue, sexuality, gender, age, language, faith, type of therapy, online therapy, and location). …


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Too many clients who are in consensual non-monogamous (CNM) relationships have to educate their therapists. Too many of them discontinue therapy because their therapist judged them, didn’t know enough about CNM to be helpful, or worse, makes actively stigmatizing comments such as “polyamory isn’t stable,” “women can’t do non-monogamy,” or “we can’t accept you to our therapy group as you’re non-monogamous — you wouldn’t fit in.” These are real quotes from a study about the experiences of CNM clients in therapy a couple of colleagues and I recently had accepted for publication in Journal for Clinical and Consulting Psychology.

We believe our results clearly highlight how we need to start taking the mental health needs of the CNM community seriously. For context, around 4–5% of people in the United States report that they are in CNM relationships, a comparable number to how many people identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. More than one in five adults have also tried CNM at some point, which is not far off from how many people own a cat. We also know that interest and awareness of CNM, especially open relationships and polyamory, is on the rise, despite evidence of blatant stigma directed toward this population. …

About

Heath Schechinger, Ph.D.

Psychologist at UC Berkeley; Co-chair of APA Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Task Force

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