I get asked a lot of great questions about my work- especially my work with polyamory and non-monogamy. Here's a short list of the most commonly asked questions about open relationships.
Do you believe polyamory or monogamy is healthier?
I don't think relationship health is determined by the number of partners involved- but I do believe it can be measured by the level of communication, empathy, trust, and connection experienced by partners.
For some people open relationship structures are overwhelming. And for others monogamy is stifling. I don't think you always have to choose one or the other, but I want all my couples to be able to openly discuss these with kindness and ease.
How did you learn about open relationships?
I became interested in couples work when I was in graduate school studying couples counseling. I was fortunate to study in a holistic program that emphasized non-traditional therapeutic styles. I was also really lucky to intern at the Gottman Relationship Research Institute when I finished school and really learn about strengthening trust in relationships.
I wrote my final research on non-monogamy in couples therapy and have only expanded my research and education since then. I left the profession of mental health therapy in 2016 to focus on coaching this population.
Does non-monogamy really work?
Absolutely. If you define "working" as being together a long time, I will tell you I've supported couples who are married or who have been together for 14, 17, 22, and over 40 years while practicing many forms of nonmonogamy.
If you define "working" by being generally satisfied with your relationship, supporting one another's growth, feeling empathy and desire for your partner I will tell you I've supported couples who are married and/or who have been together for 4, 17, 22, and over 40 years while practicing many forms of nonmonogamy.
But to make non-monogamy work, you need to be willing to do some work. That's where I can help you.
Do you work with monogamous couples?
Even for clients who choose monogamy, it can be important to know this is a specialty of mine. These clients love working with me because I apply the same open non-judgmental approach to my work with all couples.
I love all kinds of love - monogamous love too!
What about affairs in polyamorous relationships?
Affairs happen in both monogamous and non-monogamous relationships. I work with couples to rebuild trust and overcome jealousy every week in session. I have helped hundreds of couples move forward after an affair. (Read more about my work with infidelity here)
I can to help you build and repair trust no matter your relationship structure. Schedule a consultation to get started with me here.
Are you poly/open/non-monogamous?
Yup. But I won't give you a lot of information about my relationship structure beyond that because if we're going to work together I want to keep the focus on you.
Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a communication consultant, sexuality counselor and certified relationship coach specializing in polyamory, open relationships, jealousy, and infidelity.
She can help you:
- rediscover passion in long-term relationships
- repair trust after infidelity or dishonesty
- move past jealousy, insecurity or codependent patterns
- open your relationship or practice polyamory with care
- resolve sexual dysfunction and disconnect
- break unhealthy communication patterns in your relationship
Contact her for a free consultation to see if working with her is right for you.