Multiple member partnerships are an emerging relationship structure with some studies showing that up to an estimated 20% of adults in the United States have been in some form of open relationship at some stage in their life.
People in open relationships deal with the same life issues as everyone else – work issues, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, parenting and hormonal issues – and often a therapist will ‘blame’ being non-monogamous as the root of the problem, frustrating many clients going to counselling.
None of any of this had ever occurred to me prior to this conversation with Deb McGinnis. I’ve never considered having / being in an open relationship, I don’t know anything about them, I didn’t even know there were different types of open relationship.
If you want to watch me squirm as I try desperately to do what I normally do in an interview which is to understand things from the other person’s viewpoint so I can ask relevant questions, this is the video to watch! I consider myself to be open minded, I really don’t care what people do as long as it’s consensual and not causing anyone pain, but being open minded is entirely different to putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Today's Guest: Deb McGinnis
Owner and Founder of Open Relationship Counselling
Deb is the creator of Open Relationship Counselling, a practice dedicated to serving those people involved in – or thinking about being in – an open relationship.
This can include polyamory, swinging, whatever way her clients want their relationship to be in a way that works for them and their partner or partners.
The emphasis is on consent, and open ethical communication and having the ability to share with the people they love without fear of judgment, including from their therapist!
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It always makes a difference when something is recommended by someone you trust. Here are the books Deb recommends.