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Digital Seminar

Working with Erotically Expansive, Non-Monogamous Individuals and Couples: Expanding the Relationship Paradigm in Clinical Practice

Angela Gunn, LCSW, CST
1 Hour 23 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jun 30, 2022
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Love is expansive, organic and limitless. And yet our cultural paradigm for love, and clinical work in relationships, centers on heteronormative monogamy and a singluar sexual, romantic, and life partner. In this recording, we will explore current relationship paradigms, discuss emerging alternatives, and unpack the clinical implications of moving towards a more expansive sex and relationship model.

Queering therapy at every level means eliminating default modes, considering the vast horizons possible when oppression is dismantled and the complexities of humans are uplifted. We will plant seeds for further learning about therapy with relationally and erotically diverse clients in general!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST, is dedicated to the integration of lived experiences and dismantling systems of oppression to center the experiences of marginalized sex and gender communities in all of her work. Licensed in Oregon and Idaho, Angie co-owned Connective Therapy Collective, a group practice in Oregon, oversees the Equitable Care Certification under Zepp Wellness Center, and founded QTBoi, a community celebrating the complexity of sex and gender. Her work focuses on providing avenues for healing trauma, expanding authenticity and vulnerability, and finding infinite pathways to pleasure, connection and community. She treats primarily 2SLGBTQIPA+, kinky, non-monogamous, sex worker, and sexual trauma survivor clients through the lenses of anti-oppression, liberation psychology, and trauma-centered care. As a queer, kinky, non-monogamous abuse survivor, and sex worker, she's experienced the daily fight to balance personal and professional fulfillment and sexual expression. Through mediation, workshop facilitation and one on one support, her goal is personal integration with all the parts of herself, to provide transformation for all the parts of each of you, your relationships, and your communities.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Angela Gunn has an employment relationship with Zepp Wellness Center. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Angela Gunn has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Assess relationship structures from a more critical lens and apply alternative relationship structures to work with clients.
  2. Integrate two skills to increase non-judgement and curiosity when meeting with relationally diverse clients.
  3. Utilize and adapt clinical skills and tools such as IFS and EFT to support couple or a group therapy.


History of Our Relationship Paradigm:
  • Purpose/historical/sociological role of monogamy and heteronormativity
A New Relationship Paradigm:
  • Types of relationships/structures
  • Space for gender/ sexual diversity within relational diversity
    • Queerness
    • Gender expansiveness
    • Kink
  • Caring for relationally and erotically diverse folks
  • Oppression that results/ stigma and harm
Clinical Skills and Tools:
  • IFS adapted
  • Non-judgement/ curiosity
  • EFT/ couples models adapted
  • Trauma integration in healing relationship-based oppression
  • Queering therapy and the process

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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