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Poly-Friendly Therapists

Hey everyone. My triad is in a rocky place and we would like to find a poly-friendly therapist or counselor in or around Houston, TX. Does anybody know of one or know of resources that could help me find one? Thanks!

(this is posted in a few different communities)
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First post so bear with me

Hi all,

I'm new to the comm. and also very new to poly.  Hell, I don't even know if I am poly actually.  Back in June, I met someone.  When "J" and I first met, he had just been asked for a divorce.  J and his wife "M" are poly and he had actually just gotten broken up with by his girlfriend.  We initially started talking and becoming friends because we were both broken hearted (my relationship of 8 yrs. had ended not a month before) and needed a friend.   J explained to me the dynamics of his relationship.  At one point he and M had shared girlfriends, but now they had separate relationships outside of the marriage.  Anyways, we started talking on June 30th online and have literally talked for hours since.  I am in love with him and him me.  We "met" about a month ago and it was absolutely amazing.  So, what's the issue right?  

I have never been in a poly relationship and I don't know if I a poly or not honestly.  J and I have begun talking semi-seriously about being together monogamously.  He isn't ready just yet, but he feels it is moving that way.  He's told M that he loves me, and I know from her lj and his comments about her, that she does NOT like me in any way.  In the last few wks since we saw one another he has been talking about getting me down there.  He is also talking a lot more long term, like will our cats get along, do we want to stay in his state, things along those lines.  He's also been hinting at asking for a divorce.  Do I trust this??  I mean, I'm not ready to move yet and he knows this.  But, do I honestly allow myself to think he is going to get divorced for me??  

Also, if he doesn't and I am willing to try being with him and being poly, what do I do with the M situation?  It is CLEAR she doesn't like me.  I have tried making conversation and have been rebuffed.  She makes snide comments about me and also makes posts to her lj which mirror my posts on another blog site.  If I decide to be his secondary, how do I deal with her?  

I don't know, I'm confused all the way around.  I do think poly relationships can work and can be fulfilling, but how do you broach situations like these without someone getting incredibly hurt??  Ugh, sorry this has been all over the board, but I need some advice.  Thanks :)

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non-monogamous UP sex dilemma too

 Hey there were alot of replies to that last entry, and it reminded me of what happened the early part of January of this year.  It really changed everything for me. 
 My husband and I (married only a year so far) were dabbling at the local swingers club and considering non-monogamy as a lifestyle. He was not as "into" it as I was. I had encouraged him to read both "The Ethical Slut" and "Polyamory, a new love without limits" and both I KNOW he just leafed through and called it reading. There was another couple that was particularly interested in a relationship with us, I really dug the guy but the girl and I were just so different, and there was a significant age gap between us. My husband and I set up 2 pretty simple rules. When it happens, no sex on our bed wihtout each other there, (symbolic?) and ABSOLUTE condom usage. 
 Needless to say, in our small one bedroom apartment, the other guy and I got the short couch, we were all fooling around and the other guy and I announced we should all move this to the bedroom. We went on there, thinking they were going to join us.....but they didn't. They ALSO didn't come into the room to get a condom. And I left our room to bring one out  to them and bring them into the bedroom....but it was too late, they were barebacking already. 
 I didn't even react. I just went back into our bedroom and started talking with the other guy about it. He said he and his wife always use condoms with other people and he didn't understand why this would happen. I didn't talk about it with everyone or tell the girl how I felt. But after they left, I broke down. 
 My husband used the excuse "Well you went into the bedroom, and that was a rule too, so we both broke a rule." Which is OBVIOUSLY NOT THE SAME . We had invited them to the bedroom. Also, I didn't want to freak out so that he wouldn't want to be open again, because I had been working so hard to get him open to the idea of this, I didn't want him thinking this was a JEALOUSY issue. How do I get closure on something like this? How can I feel satisfied with his level of sorry?
I haven't talked much more about it, because no matter what he will never feel as sorry I want him to feel. Fluid bonding is a big deal to me, and how can I ever trust that he won't get "caught up in the moment" again. Like he did the very first time we tried something like that. I really feel like our sex life hasn't been the same since. He didn't even take the responsibility to get tested afterwards. Also, afterwards, without ever telling anyone about our experience, I had heard rumours that this girl was trying to get pregnant from other people because her partner had a low sperm count. 
Anyways, NOW my husband is bringing up that he feels ready to have more partners, but I am still not over this, and I dont think we are mature enough....or that he can use his brain. 
 Sorry that I had to post my own UPS post but I didn't think this constituted as a good reply to the last, but also, had to get out some pent up rage..

Looking for a sanity check

Hey.  I'm looking for a sanity check.

If you're dating person A, and person A begins to date person B...

Do you naturally assume that your time, energy, etc, with person A
will decline and/or that person A will pull away from you?  Or do you
generally assume that these things will remain relatively constant,
with the understanding that if things take off between A & B that
there may well be some NRE to dissipate?

Conversely, if you are dating person A and you begin to date person C,
do you plan for or expect that your time, attention, and/or energy for
person A will necessarily decline?  Or do you tend to assume that your
relationship with A will remain more or less consistent as you begin
to add the new relationship in to your life?

The Trouble with Flatlanders...

Greetings from a trapazoid,

I'm really excited to have found this community, and hope it'll become more active again. I went surfing specifically to find a relationship advice type community dealing with polyrelationships.

I'm a newb, to this community, and to poly in general although I'm sort of in my third poly relationship. I want some advice from some people more experianced in extracirricular relationships than myself.

Brief backstory: I'm 24, married (for ten months now, dating for five years prior) to a wonderful male, 25 - R. Two weeks before the wedding I met D. D's male, 38, married to T, female, 40. Collapse )

intro / asking for help

first, the intro:
melissa / 33 / pansexual / poly / living in ohio.
anything else you would like to know, feel free to ask.

now, the asking for help:
i have been involved in poly relationships since 2000. some worked well, some didn't. from each experience i try to learn a little more - about myself, about others and about relationships. right now, i find myself in a very different situation than any other i've been in - i am a secondary to a man in toronto (5-6hrs away). my primary relationship is in a bit of chaos (moving, family obligations, etc) but i love her dearly and am sure we will make it through just fine.
i feel like i am unable to really get my footing in the secondary relationship. we started out casually chatting and quickly became quite interested in one another. i do truly care about him, but have never been in the secondary role or in a ldr. granted, the distance isn't unmanageable; i have a very flexible schedule and love to drive!
i guess what i could use the most help with is how to acclimate to a new position (secondary), situation (ldr), and relationship (stephen) - all at once. ::sigh:: i want to do this; i want to do it right. i just feel a bit lost and hope that there are a few folk out there who are willing to drop me a line or lend an ear (even virtually).

thank you!

[cross posted to askpoly, polysecondaries, and poly_ldr]
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How do I explain poly to a child?

My question is more about parenting as a poly person, rather than about poly relationships per se.  I would
like suggestions from parents in open relationships how they handled this situation.

I have a long term partner
and she and I are raising a child together. I just started dating a good friend.
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complains when one parent works late and is not home by the time she goes to bed.)

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