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Follow: @practicingpolya - Hosted by James Sias (he/him)

The mission of the Practicing Polyamory Podcast is to provide a platform for all of the real life, flawed humans that practice polyamory so that we might all learn from one another and grow as a community. This is a safe space where people admit their shortcomings and failures, celebrate wins, and talk about the hard lessons learned along each individual’s journey through polyam. Be aware, we may not always be able to provide trigger warnings, as our shows are recorded live. As often as possible we will do so in episode descriptions. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/practicingpolya/support

Practicing Polyamory Podcast Practicing Polyamory

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Follow: @practicingpolya - Hosted by James Sias (he/him)

The mission of the Practicing Polyamory Podcast is to provide a platform for all of the real life, flawed humans that practice polyamory so that we might all learn from one another and grow as a community. This is a safe space where people admit their shortcomings and failures, celebrate wins, and talk about the hard lessons learned along each individual’s journey through polyam. Be aware, we may not always be able to provide trigger warnings, as our shows are recorded live. As often as possible we will do so in episode descriptions. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/practicingpolya/support

    E.82 - Taking an Active Role in Mental Health with Taryn Sinclaire

    E.82 - Taking an Active Role in Mental Health with Taryn Sinclaire

    After a brief introduction and learning about Taryn's background, we start by diving into Simone Biles' decision to remove herself from Olympics competition due to mental health reasons. I have a little bit to say about the "devil's advocate" perspective, but overall it's a chance to hear a therapist's perspective on that decision, and how self-care is important to all of us! 

    Most of us aren't even at the highest levels of competition like Simone, but we all have expectations of ourselves and it's important to give ourselves grace!

    Some of Taryn's expertise is helping people navigate kink, so we talk about how to bring that topic to overcome shame and have that conversation with your partner, and what to do when that conversation doesn't go so well.

    If you want to know how to take an active role in your therapy, how to know when therapy is working, and when it might be time to switch therapists, be sure to stick around to the end!

    Learn more about Taryn by following on Facebook @BelleTowerGroup !


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    • 36 min
    E.81 - Breaking Free of Old Beliefs with Joyous Williams

    E.81 - Breaking Free of Old Beliefs with Joyous Williams

    Joy has a wide range of abilities to help her clients, as she is able to operate in multiple ways. Sometimes she's a trauma therapist, other times an art therapist, and yet others she plays the role of a coach!

    We start by talking about each of these roles--what they are, and who best might qualify for each--before jumping deep into attachment theory.

    What is attachment theory? What are the types of attachments? How does knowing your attachment style actually help you?

    Joy gives a great, real-world example of how an anxious type and an avoidant type might interact,  how to address the potential miscommunication of needs between the two, and tips on how to heal attachment wounds.

    Tune in to hear what she has to say about how attachment theory changes when it comes to polyamory, and what triggering attachment wounds might bring up in your relationships!

    Learn more about Joy at www.recreatingdawn.com and follow her @recreatingdawn !


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    • 33 min
    E.80 - Transitioning and Mental Health with Arin Brutlag

    E.80 - Transitioning and Mental Health with Arin Brutlag

    TW: Conversion Therapy Practices (20:07 - 22:39)

    In this episode, we get to hear about Arin's experience with questioning their gender, going back as far as when they were five years old and realized that they were not quite fitting in like everyone else.

    Their experience with bullying inspired them to work with kids who are questioning their gender, helping kids navigate this oft-confusing path. 

    But it's not just kids who need help navigating, their parents often do, too! 

    Arin and I get to dive into what the internet has done to help the trans, non-binary, questioning community and how gender non-conforming kids are getting along in her therapy practice. 

    We get into some of the struggles someone might face when coming out, and what some reactions from parents might be.

    Here's where we hit the trigger warning. 

    We talk about some of the torture that people face when going through conversion therapy. Please skip from 20:07 to 22:39 if you are sensitive to this topic.

    We finish it up with some tips for parents of someone who is coming out, and get a chance to answer a listener question!

    I had so much fun with Arin and I know you will, too! Learn more about Arin at www.renewedmentalhealth.com and follow them @renewedmentalhealth !


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    • 33 min
    E.79 - The Healing Power of Kink with Sawah Danniels

    E.79 - The Healing Power of Kink with Sawah Danniels

    Let's get kinky with it! Today we chat with Sawah Danniels, a gender & polyam affirming, anti-racist decolonialist therapist operating from the unceded K’Tunaxa, Sinixt, and Okanagan territories (otherwise known as Nelson, British Columbia).

    We get into some great discussion on how they Incorporate geek/nerd culture into therapy, and I get to nerd out on Marvel talking about Thor's mental health journey.

    Then we jump right into debunking common kink myths, at which point we get into the ideas around sub space, how to navigate around the disconnect that happens during intense scenes, and the importance of aftercare.

    We get really deep into how people have utilized kink for healing trauma (TW: we talk about sexual assault), and this is such a powerful part of the conversation!

    Last we some of the differences and similarities between dom drop and sub drop, and how people can navigate their scenes and roles.

    Tune in to hear it all, and learn more about Sawah by going to www.thenerdytherapist.com and follow them @thenerdytherapist !


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    • 38 min
    E.78 - Polyamorous Parenting, Boundaries, and Consent with Jenna Trostle

    E.78 - Polyamorous Parenting, Boundaries, and Consent with Jenna Trostle

    Is it sexy to ask permission for the first kiss? We think so! In this episode I get to chat with Jenna Trostle, a therapist based in Melbourne, Australia, and we get into some really deep discussion around consent (among other things).

    Jenna shares her story of what brought her to Australia and her journey through polyam, and how caring about the environment inspired her to pursue a career as a therapist.

    When it comes to consent, we talk about getting clear on what the connection with a person may or may not be, what happens when assumptions are made (we've all been there), and how to rescind consent when it's already been given.

    This was such a fun and valuable conversation and I know our audience will take a lot from this. Learn more about Jenna at www.spectracounselling.com and follow @spectracounselling !


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    • 34 min
    E.77 - Moving from Money Anxiety to Financial Empowerment with Mike Pumphrey

    E.77 - Moving from Money Anxiety to Financial Empowerment with Mike Pumphrey

    Having my own background in business and entrepreneurship, I was really excited to chat with Mike today about all things personal finance. Mike's approach to financial coaching is based on attachment theory, so we dove into what people's relationships are with money and how it affects our polyamorous relationships.

    One big takeway from this discussion is that there's a difference between having real money challenges, compared how much money you FEEL like you have. Emotions around money can be very different, and it's important for people to recognize your own money story.

    Tune in to learn why Mike became a money coach for the polyam and LGBT communities, get some tips on planning finances within a polycule, and learn how attachment theory applies to money (are you avoidant, secure, anxious?) plus how privilege affects our relationship to money.

    Learn more about Mike at www.empathicfinance.com and follow him @mikepumphreymoneycoach !


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    • 41 min

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