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DoD: Helping Clients Navigate Open Relationships and Polyamorous Identity: Part II

Friday, February 2, 2018

Topic: Helping Clients Navigate Open Relationships and Polyamorous Identity: Part II

Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704

Date: Friday, February 2nd, from 4 pm to 6 pm

Facilitators: Ali Kimmell, LCSW; Alex Korsunskaya, LCSW & David F Khalili, LMFT

This Dialogue on Difference (DOD) will continue our discussion of how we can support our clients in non-traditional relationships structures and how our biases and theoretical orientations may inform our work. We will discuss attachment and psychodynamic theory and address how these paradigms influence the ways we work with our client's relationship patterns. Some of the questions we may consider are: Is polyamory at odds with secure attachment? How can open relationships intersect with patterns of avoidance or deepening of intimacy? Can people "grow out" of being non-monogamous? Is there one model of relationships that should fit all "healthy" people?

This Dialogue on Difference will be focused on using case studies and examples from our work to ground our discussion, as well as establishing some key terms and concepts.

You are welcome to attend this DOD without having attended the first one on this topic.  

Ali Kimmell, LCSW, has a private practice in Oakland where she sees individuals, couples, and groups and is co-founded or Living Improv: Improv Therapy Groups. She is a graduate of TPI’s post graduate training program and Smith College School for Social Work. Ali practices from a relational psychoanalytic lens and integrates social justice and somatic awareness into her work. She particularly enjoys working with non-traditional relationships, sociocultural identity, and people seeking greater emotional connection to themselves and others.

Alex Korsunskaya, LCSW, is a therapist at Lyon Martin Health Services in San Francisco. She also seeing clients in private practice in Berkeley. Her specialties are alternative relationships, including polyamory and BDSM/kink; women and trauma; gender identity; immigration/significant life transitions; grief and loss.

David F Khalili, LMFT, is a private practice therapist in Oakland where he works with individuals and couples on issues around grief, sex, and anger. Prior to starting his studies in psychology, he completed a Master's degree in Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University, where his thesis focused on sexual silence among Middle Eastern Queer individuals. He is interested in working with individuals who live within the margins of society, as well as exploring how identities intersect and how they relate to one’s lived experience.

Dialogues on Difference are a free benefit to all TPI members.

Admission is free. RSVP is required to attend as space is limited. RSVP by clicking here.