Folks who identify as polyamorous or non-monogamous have distinctive concerns. While not every client will have a need to discuss their relationships or sexuality, every client deserves a therapist who is completely accepting and affirmative of their consensual relationship choices. I work from an LGBTIQQ-, polyamory-, and kink/BDSM-affirmative perspective with individuals, various relationship configurations, and families.
I have facilitated adult bisexual and bi-curious men's groups at Fenway Community Health in Boston for the last 7 years. Groups have included college students to older folks and have addressed a broad range of subjects, including "Getting Past Stereotypes," "Monogamy and Polyamory," "Bisexuality and Desire," "Coming Out," "Safer Sex," "Queer Sexuality," and "(In)visibility in the Workplace." In 2011, I received the Unsung Hero Award from the Bisexual Resource Center.
In addition to my work with adults, I work with kids, teens, and young adults, including kids in poly families, gender-variant and trans youth. I have worked with youth with mental health concerns for over ten years, both 1-on-1 and with family members in the room. Areas of experience include a broad range of mental health, social, educational, and familial stresses, as well as parent consultation.
As a previous member of the Massachusetts statewide LGBT Liaison Committee to the Department of Children and Families, I continually advocated for the inclusion of the rights of sexual minority families. Through my initiative, the agency began marching in the Boston Youth Pride parade each May, visibly demonstrating support for the spectrum of queer youth.
Poly relationships can be both enriching and a lot of work. They come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. Folks can have any number of creative agreements. As in any relationship, these may need to be renegotiated from time to time.
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