"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.