What is non-monogamy?
Non-monogamy is an umbrella term for all sorts of relationships that don’t include sexual monogamy, such as polyamory, and swinging. We tend to talk describe it as ethical or consensual to distinguish it from non-consensual non-monogamy, which is a fancy name for infidelity or cheating on a partner.
The good news is that’s there’s no wrong way to be non-monogamous as long as you are as honest, open, and respectful as possible with your partner(s). This article is a practical guide to getting started. However, it can be very difficult to navigate your first steps into non-monogamy, whether you’re partnered or not.
When to Seek Help
What to expect
You can attend alone or with up to two partners. We usually start by clarifying what sort of relationships you want to be in and explore what is preventing that from happening. While investigating what love means to you and how you want to express it, we often work on family patterns, unspoken expectations, intimate boundaries, difficult conversations, and how to manage new relationship energy (NRE).
If you’re wondering how non-monogamy and fidelity fit together, you might enjoy this article. This article offers a fascinating insight into one client’s polyamorous journey. This leaflet is overflowing with good advice for poly people from Meg-John Barker, one of the UK’s leading psychotherapists.