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Where to Meet Other Non-Monogamous Portlanders

Where to Meet Nonmonogamous Portlanders | Uncommon Love Open Relationship Counseling in Portland

One of the top concerns among my non-monogamous clients is how to meet other open couples and singles.  It can be tough to find community especially for people new to non-monogamy.

Here are a few of the groups my clients have said they enjoyed attending:

She Bop - She Bop is a woman-owned sex toy store and education center in Northeast Portland.  They frequently offer an educational session for folks considering non-monogamy.  I highly recommend attending one of their trainings for couples.   

Portland Leather Alliance - is an organization based in leather appreciation and sex-positive community.  They frequently host "munch" events for potential new members where you can meet others in the community.  If leather or BDSM play is a potential interest for you I recommend attending a munch to find local community.

SPEEC- The Sex Positive Education and Event Center has recently opened in Portland, and while I haven't sent a client there yet, I am certain I will.  This organization is lead by a number of sex-positive community members I have long respected professionally, I anticipate great things from them!

Portland Q Center - Occasionally the Q Center offers a poly support group and one for open relationships.  They frequently offer them for partners of gender non-conforming folks (SOFFA), bisexual folks, and people who are just coming out LGBQ (as well as one for new kinksters).  Check their calendar to see if there is a group for you.

Portland Poly MeetUps - There are a number of polyamory-focused meetup groups in the Portland, OR (and Vancouver, WA) area.  Check these listings to see if there is an opportunity that speaks to you.

Sex-Positive Portland MeetUp - There are a number of sex-positive themed meet up groups in Portland and the surrounding area.  Check here to see if one resonates with your needs.  

Portland Polyamory Outreach Group - is a local organization dedicated to sharing resources for poly folks in Oregon.  Check their site for groups, organizations, and meetups near you.

Best of luck to you in creating community.  If you need help or support please let me know, I am happy to help.  

Gina

 


Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a sex educator and relationship coach specializing in polyamory, open relationshipsjealousy, LGBTQ issues and infidelity.  

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What is a Kink-Aware Sex Positive Therapist?

Sex Positive Definition

“The sex-positive movement is a social movement which promotes and embraces sexuality with few limits beyond an emphasis on safe sex and the importance ofconsent. Sex positivity is “an attitude towards human sexuality that regards all consensual sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and encourages sexual pleasure and experimentation.

The sex-positive movement is a social and philosophical movement that advocates these attitudes. The sex-positive movement advocates sex education and safer sex as part of its campaign.” The movement generally makes no moral distinctions among types of sexual activities, regarding these choices as matters of personal preference.”  

– Definition from Wikipedia

Kink-Aware Definition

“[Providers who] have specific knowledge of kink concepts and lifestyles, have researched and educated themselves in these areas. May have some previous experienced providing professional services to individuals with these interests.”

Definition from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

My Work as a Sex Positive Relationship Coach

One of the best questions I get from new clients is about my listing as a sex-positive or kink-aware provider.  Not all of my clients engage in non-traditional sexual activity, but for some of my clients it is especially important to know I have expertise in working with BDSM, fetish, and other kink communities.

I also work with a lot of clients who are just beginning to get creative and explore their sexuality.  Some of them just finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey, and others have held secret fantasies for years and are just now opening up to their partner.  

Often it can be helpful to work with a professional to discuss and negotiate new sexual territory with a knowledgeable and non-judgmental professional.

Even for clients who follow more mainstream or traditional sexual and sensual practices, 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- no matter how kinky.  

Watch the video below to learn more!

I closed my psychotherapy and couples counseling practice in 2016 to pursue coaching and consulting.  Contact me to learn more about this powerful change in my work.