read, listen & learn: conversations about polyamory, identity, and more!
Enjoy learning more about polyamory and LGBTQIA+ identities through my contributions to textbooks, interviews, and podcasts - all with the goal of expanding the cultural conversation around relationships!
Interview in Healthline
Article Summary: Although millions of people across the country and around the world are in consensual polyamorous relationships, there’s still a significant misunderstanding of what polyamory means and what these relationships entail. And this misunderstanding often leads to stigma, a negative or discriminatory attitude against people in these types of relationships.
We’ll share what you need to know about polyamory, including the different types of polyamorous relationships, how to establish healthy boundaries in polyamory, and more.
Written by Eleesha Lockett, MS & Medically Reviewed by Janet Brito, Ph.D., LCSW, CST
Chapter Contribution in The Handbook of Consensual Non-Monogamy
Chapter 13: Developmental Approaches for Clinical Work with CNM Individuals
by Cadyn Cathers and Stephanie M. Sullivan
Textbook Summary: As the first comprehensive, intersectional examination of consensual non-monogamy, this handbook provides evidence-based research and practice across mental health disciplines on working with consensual non-monogamous (CNM) people and relationships. Leading experts in this emerging field provide counselor educators and practicing clinicians with the authoritative, essential information they need to serve a growing—yet frequently stigmatized—client population with affirmative, research-based, ethical care. Readers will learn basic information related to the development of their own unique relational information, acquire knowledge about CNM and CNM-focused communities, discern how identity, culture, and community impact intimacy and functioning, and take away practical recommendations, insights, and tools to promote CNM-affirming practice across settings, services and populations.
Practices & Principles of Ethical Polyamory Conference
Episode Summary: This video was part of the Practices & Principles of Ethical Polyamory Conference in June 2021. The conversation is between myself and Kathy G. Slaughter from Soaring Heart Counseling in Indiana.
Practicing Polyamory Podcast
Episode Summary: Therapist Stephanie M. Sullivan joins the show today and shares her story of finding polyamory through the lens of writing her grad school thesis. After a quick run-in with her cat, we talk about ambiamory and then dive right into ways to make mono-poly relationships successful. We talk about attachment styles and how they apply specifically to mono-poly relationships, including how introducing polyamory to a previously monogamous relationship can cause an attachment injury. So how should we approach the subject when just approaching it could cause damage to your relationship?
Smart Sex, Smart Love with Dr. Joe Kort
Episode summary: You’ve heard of polyamory, right? But, do you really understand what a polyamorous relationship looks like? This week Joe chats with Stephanie Sullivan, a polyamory-affirmative therapist to talk all things polyamory. Is it just cheating? Why do some people confuse it with affairs or infidelity? Even while our society has made incredible strides in the legalization of same-sex marriage, the idea that a relationship could include more than two people has remained a taboo—even when one in five Americans claim that they have been in a relationship with more than one person. Hear Joe and Stephanie dispel the polyamory myths. Does it work?” And “How do people make it work?"