Why are therapists so down on polyamory and swinging?

There is a very small number therapists who are versed in relationships other than heterosexual monogamous ones.  Why are they so down on them? Dr. David J. Ley, Ph.D. feels that it’s because less than a third of therapists ever receive sexuality education as part of their degree path, and because of this they regard with sceptism any relationship that doesn’t model their own, or at least their own concept of what an ideal relationship (for them mostly) would be like.

Dr. Ley comments:

Multiple studies conducted over the past few decades show that therapists and the mental health field in general have negative and judgmental views of any marriages that are not centered around an assumption of monogamy. When asked, such therapists predict failure for said relationships, and automatically attribute the desire and motivation for nonmonogamy to a history of pathology, typically sexual abuse. People who approach therapists and are involved in swinging, polyamory or open marriages are most often met with incredulity and scorn.

He goes on to say:

Fewer than a third of medical schools provide training in human sexuality. What consistent training there is in sexuality is typically only focused on the negative aspects, and pathology. So, what does that mean for the therapists? It means they are reacting based upon their own subjective experiences and values. “Would I do that? Could I do that?” If the answer is yes, then the patient’s behavior is normal and healthy. If the answer is no, then patient is abnormal and unhealthy.

Read the rest of this short article at Psychology Today: Why are therapists down on alternative sex? | Psychology Today.