"You shouldn't have to educate your therapist about poly, kink, queer, or gender non-conforming issues."

"You shouldn't have to educate your therapist about poly, kink, queer, or gender non-conforming issues."

Heath Schechinger, Ph.D., is a licensed counseling psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, co-chair of the American Psychological Association Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Task Force, and offers therapy and consultation services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As a leader of the non-monogamies movement, Dr. Schechinger is promoting the legitimacy of consensual non-monogamy (CNM) at the highest levels of psychology and his work has been featured in media outlets such as Vogue Australia, Goop, Fatherly, Psychology Today, and Polyamory in the News. In addition to spearheading efforts to develop the 75+ member CNM Task Force, Dr. Schechinger has authored multiple CNM resources, including suggested language for assessing relationship style on demographic forms, a CNM-inclusive clinical practices tool, an informational brochure for therapists, and a blog about what therapists need to know about consensual non-monogamy. He also has multiple peer-reviewed publications, including the largest study to date addressing therapy practices with individuals engaged in consensual non-monogamy. In addition to overseeing the CNM Task Force’s 12 Initiatives, Dr. Schechinger is currently writing empirically-informed practice recommendations for therapists working with CNM clients. He was also named Advisor to the Kinsey Institute’s Kenneth R. Haslam Collection on Polyamory.

Dr. Schechinger specializes in providing sex therapy and working with alternative relationships and lifestyles, diverse sexualities, couples/partners, and infidelity. He has considerable experience in working with concerns related to polyamory/open relationships, kink, TGNC/NB, and LGBQIA.

Many people seek out Dr. Schechinger because of his expertise and advocacy or because of his attuned, active approach to psychotherapy. Many prefer to work with a therapist who is knowledgeable and affirming of their marginalized identities or lifestyle and/or embodies a deep sense of cultural competence/humility. Dr. Schechinger welcomes people of every ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race/ethnicity, and religious/spiritual affiliation, and strives to integrate culture and intersecting identities into the therapeutic process.

Dr. Schechinger's approach to therapy can be described as dynamic, emotion-focused, and somatically-informed. He is active in the process and pulls from multiple modalities to help you understand, heal, and transform your sexual and emotional patterns in order to have enriched relationships and more personal power.

Populations Served

  • Individuals, couples, multiple partners

  • Poly, kink, trans*, gender non-conforming

  • Non-binary identities

  • Creative & artistic communities

  • Ethnic-racial minorities

  • Multiracial/Bi-racial, Multicultural/Bi-cultural

  • Individuals engaged in non-traditional work

  • Individuals who want to open their relationship

  • Individuals engaged in or impacted by infidelity

  • First generation college students

  • Undergraduate and Graduate students

Specialties

  • Sexuality concerns

  • Personal/intrapersonal growth and development

  • Identity exploration (gender, sexuality, relationships)

  • Life/career & relationship transitions (pre-marital, opening up, separation, infidelity, divorce)

  • Interpersonal issues (romantic parter(s), friends, family)

  • Coming out/visibility management concerns

  • Anxiety, stress, panic

  • Insomnia/sleep issues

  • Grief and Loss

  • Depression

  • Self-esteem