On ep 153 of American Sex Podcast, Kevin Patterson & Dr. Liz Powell talk about the complexities of both finding a therapist knowledgeable about non-normative lifestyles/identities and becoming a therapist who is. Learn why non-monogamous people shy away from therapy, questions to ask practitioners when searching, and how to handle a judgmental or uneducated health professional or coach. Find out if vanilla therapists can ever be a good fit for clients in alt lifestyles, why many therapists don’t divulge their personal experience with non-monogamy, if there’s professional credentialing to indicate a provider can work effectively with clients in these communities, and why censorship is making it more difficult for people to find polyamory and kink-friendly therapists. 

Dr. Liz Bio

Dr. Liz believes that great sex can change the world®. They are on a mission to help you have more meaningful, pleasurable relationships in life and work, as well as the bedroom. They’re a coach and licensed psychologist (CA 27871, OR 3068) helping couples and singles develop self-confidence and authenticity in their relationships, whether conventional or non-traditional. Dr. Liz has made multiple media appearances, including in Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio show Ideas. As a sex educator, Dr. Liz has spoken on many stages internationally including the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists Annual Conference, the Guelph Sexuality Conference, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. Their book, Building Open Relationships, is the newest way they are spreading the Great Sex word. Dr Liz believes that being confident in who you are is the gateway to great relationships and great sex – and great sex, according to Dr. Liz, can change the world.

Kevin Patterson Bio

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He’s been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. 

In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models was part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. To continue that discussion of polyamorous representation, Kevin has extended the blog’s work into the writing of the book, Love’s Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities. Along with co-writer Alana Phelan, Kevin launched a sci-fi novel series, For Hire, that centers characters of color as well as other marginalized identities. 

Beginning in 2020, Kevin has worked with Dr. Liz Powell to create the Unfuck Your Polyamory educational series. Including lessons for both individual users as well as service providers, Unfuck is designed to help people navigate the world of consensual non-monogamy while avoiding a lot of the common mistakes.

 

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