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I’m writing to introduce myself and offer my services for your upcoming story on polyamory. My name is Ryan Sultan, and I am a professor and therapist at Columbia University specializing in relationship dynamics, with a particular emphasis on sexual dynamics.

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  1. Professional Background
  2. Case Study: Navigating Jealousy in Polyamory
  3. Prevalence of Polyamorous Relationships
  4. The Importance of Inclusivity and Understanding

Professional Background

Throughout my career, I have worked with a diverse range of individuals and relationships, including those who identify as polyamorous. I deeply value an inclusive approach to therapy, recognizing the diverse experiences, identities, and existing relationship structures. My role is to understand, support, and guide my clients in their relationships, regardless of the structure those relationships may take.

Case Study: Navigating Jealousy in Polyamory

Consider, for example, a client named Alex (name changed for confidentiality) who came to me struggling with feelings of jealousy and insecurity in a newly formed polyamorous relationship. Our sessions explored strategies to build effective communication and understanding within their relationship. Over time, Alex reported a significant increase in relationship satisfaction and personal confidence.

Prevalence of Polyamorous Relationships

When discussing polyamory, it’s essential to understand that this relationship structure is more common than one might think. According to a study published in 2016, more than one in five Americans have engaged in consensual, non-monogamous relationships at some point in their lives. These numbers indicate the need for conversation and understanding of these types of relationships.

The Importance of Inclusivity and Understanding

In contributing to your piece, I aim to share my professional understanding of the dynamics at play in polyamorous relationships and my commitment to inclusivity and acceptance. I strive to offer valuable insights grounded in real-world examples and relevant data to illuminate the complexity and beauty of diverse relationship structures.

Thank you for considering my expertise for your story. I am eager to discuss these matters further, answer any questions, or provide more detailed information. I look forward to collaborating with you on this significant discussion.

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