MEET ANNA DOW, LMFT # 106116…
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California; BA Psychology (art minor); Expressive Art Therapy training, Ecopsychology training; Life Coach Certified
Unpacking jealousy to use it for growth
Questioning societal programming to help people increase awareness of passion, desire, and purpose in life.
Guiding people in weighing the pros/cons of non-monogamy to decide if it could be a good fit for them.
Supporting people in seeking solutions for navigating differing preferences regarding monogamy in existing relationships.
Supporting people in creating workable relationship agreements for opening up relationships.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Existential, & Solution-focused
Authenticity, Creativity, Optimism, Adventure, & Courage
Over the last 10+ years my long-term partner and I have evolved our relationship from a more traditional dynamic to one that is largely “poly solo”. Our dynamic offers a high level of freedom & autonomy while still maintaining a secure base. We live nomadic lifestyles, each with our own mobile homes so we can travel around this beautiful world together and separately. We’re living proof that if you want to break out of the box there are vast possibilities beyond it! :)
Professional experience working as a therapist with youth (specialized interest in supporting LGBT youth); MA Marriage & Family Therapy; BA Psychology & Political Science
TOP 5 AREAS OF INTEREST:
Aiding an individual in figuring out where they fall into polyamory as a spectrum
Navigating the pros and cons of solo polyamory particularly as it relates to the individual asserting their needs
Understanding the root of jealousy (whether rational or irrational) and working through the emotions associated with it
Building open and honest communication in polyamorous relationships
Finding the right polyamorous relationship model that works for everyone whether hierarchical or non-hierarchical
Cognitive behavioral therapy, Person-centered therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Dialectical behavioral therapy, and Reality therapy.
Loyalty, Independence, Passion, Ambition, & Wisdom
I've been a leader of a local polyamory community in a deep Southern state for 4 years. Our group is a safe place for our members to connect and offer support to each other (both online and in person). My favorite part of helping to lead this group has been making some of my closest friends and seeing other members make long-term friendships as well. That's also how I connected with Anna to join this "Vast Love" community. I know that being non-monogamous can lead to feelings of isolation, especially in more conservative states like mine. That’s a big part of the reason that doing this work is so important to me!