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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!

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Interview in Healthline

What It Means to be Polyamorous


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 

Four people of diverse body types, skin colors, and gender presentations lie on their backs on a picnic blanket, heads close together. They laugh and smile, facing up toward the sky. This image links to the corresponding article in Healthline.
This image is the textbook cover for "The Handbook of Consensual Non-Monogamy Affirming Mental Health Practice." This text is on the left-hand side of the cover in dark gray, highlighting "Consensual Non-Monogamy" in light blue. The right-hand side of the cover is filled with a constellation of overlapping circles of different colors, creating a rainbow effect. This image links to the Good Reads page for this textbook.

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.

Interview in Giddy

Do Poly People Really Have It Best?


Article Summary: Having more than one partner may sound like a lot of fun, but it's not as easy as it sounds.


Written by Khadeeja Arham

This image is a screen capture of the "Do Poly People Really Have It Best?" article on The top of the image includes the article title, brief description, and writer credit. Beneath the writer credit to Khadeeja Arham and their photo, a stock image shows four hands overlapping each other on top of a green couch. This image links externally to the Giddy article.

Practices & Principles of Ethical Polyamory Conference

Bisexuality, Ambiamory, and Mon-Poly Relationships


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

Mono-Poly Relationships in Therapy

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?

Check out other episodes of the Practicing Polyamory Podcast on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts!

Smart Sex, Smart Love with Dr. Joe Kort

Stephanie Sullivan on Polyamory


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?"

Check out other episodes of Smart Sex, Smart Love on Apple Podcasts or Spotify!

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