Episode 42: What It Takes To Be In An Open Relationship

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Episode 42: What It Takes To Be In An Open Relationship
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What It Takes To Be In An Open Relationship with Deb McGinnis

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 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 relationships.

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!

Could you be in an Open relationship?

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.

Join me in conversation with Deb McGinnis and find out:

  • How many conventional therapists view open relationships as being the source of all problems
  • What are the different types of open relationship
  • Which two things form the basis of a successful open relationship
  • What are the demographics of people who have open relationships
  • How do you prevent/deal with the jealousy, guilt and other emotions that could arise
  • How do you go about changing an existing monogamous relationship to an open relationship?
  • What happens if you don’t want anyone to see the things you write but you still would like to record it all

Listen to or watch this fascinating discussion now!

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 relationships.

About Today’s Guest Deb McGinnis

Owner and Founder of Open Relationship Counselling

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!

Connect with Deb:

Deb McGinnis

@openrelationshipcounselling

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