Name: Beth (32) & John (35)
OCCUPATION: Author & Financial Consultant
HOMETOWN: New York City
MET: while volunteering with the Peace Corps.
TOGETHER: 7 years married, polyamorous since the beginning
FORMAL COMMITMENTS (Spiritual, Financial, or Legal): legally married, finances shared, one kid (Emma, 3), two cats (Prince and Ivan)
WHY DID BETH & JOHN WANT COACHING?
IN THEIR WORDS:
Beth: “We’ve seen couples therapists and never lasted more than a session or two. They all seem to think polyamory is the cause of all our issues. All we need it a little communication skills training here or there.”
John: “Sometimes we don’t see eye to eye and we get stuck in old patterns. We say a marriage therapist but she just wanted us to stop seeing other people and barely talked about the things we brought up. We wanted something change-focused that wouldn’t shame our lifestyle.”
MY JOURNEY COACHING BETH & JOHN
Beth and John are a great example of healthy polyamory so I knew I wanted to include them in these case studies right away. I picked them for a case study for these specific reasons:
I work with lots of clients brand-new to non-monogamy who want to hear examples of couples who make it work.
It is not uncommon at all for healthy poly folks to experience unintentional shame from the helping professionals they try to hire.
Even healthy couples need a communication tune-up every once in a while.
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Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a communication consultant, sexuality counselor and certified relationship coach specializing in polyamory, open relationships, jealousy, and infidelity.