March 27, 2020 (9:00am-12:15pm)

Counseling the

Consensually Non-Monogamous

Alonna Donovan Makinson, LPCC-S

Joshua Francis, Ph.D. 

Location: Waybridge Training Center

10945 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 302

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242



Do you wish you understood more about open relationships or consensual non-monogamy (CNM) so you could better serve your clients who are involved in the polyamorous, swinging, or kink communities?  CNM clients often struggle to access mental health treatment due to perceived stigma, misinformation and misunderstanding about CNM in the healthcare system, and a lack of effective counseling interventions specific to CNM issues and concerns.  This training will help you gain the confidence you seek in order to better serve CNM populations in the therapy room.  You will learn strategies for establishing and maintaining a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment for your CNM clients, as well as practical approaches to mental health assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, and relationship configurations identifying within the CNM community.  


(1)  Therapists will understand that consensual non-monogamy is not a mental illness, explore their own attitudes about CNM, and will gain an awareness of the impact of cultural stigma on CNM clients, including stigma as a barrier to treatment.  

(2)  Therapists will learn about the different types of relationship structures and cultural nuances common to consensually non-monogamous (CNM) populations.

(3)  Therapists will identify effective strategies for working with CNM populations within the context of individual and relationship counseling.  


Alonna Donovan Makinson, LPCC-S (pronouns: she/her/hers) holds an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Cincinnati.  Alonna is the owner and founder of Life Tree Counseling, LLC, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. With the partnership of her therapy dogs, Quigley and Lydia, Alonna provides mental and emotional health counseling services to clients who are seeking to nurture their mind, body, and spirit.  She serves as a treatment provider for clients suffering from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and personality disorders.  Alonna’s work centers around helping clients heal the wounds of the past, make peace with emotions, find and deepen meaningful connection in relationships and enhance their overall quality of life.  Alonna’s practice caters to the needs of sexual minority populations and non-traditional relationships, including adult individuals and couples practicing consensual non-monogamy and the LGBTQIA+ community at large. Alonna believes that healthy, meaningful connection to other people, animals and nature is vital to our wellbeing and that we best facilitate our personal growth when we invest in the holistic nurturing of our physical bodies, mental health, and spiritual selves.    



Continuing Education:

3 CEUs will be offered for Ohio counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapist



Cost: $75.00 + Square Credit Card Processing Fee

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Anderson Office

4030 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Rd

Suite 102

Cincinnati, OH 45255



Blue Ash Office

10945 Reed Hartman Highway

Suite 302

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Mariemont Office

5725 Dragon Way

Suite 301B

Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

FAX: 513-752-2410


  • Anxiety

  • Mediation/Anger management 

  • Depression

  • Suicide ideation

  • Self-harm and cutting

  • Substance Abuse

  • Addictions counseling

  • Oppositional and disruptive behavior in children

  • Grief and loss

  • Children impacted by divorce

  • Pre-marital & marriage counseling

  •  infidelity treatment

  • Treatment and support for LGBTQ populations

  • Gender Identity counseling, including transgender and gender nonconforming populations

  • Sexual trauma/Sexual Assault

  • Eating Disorders

  • Domestic violence/Partner violence

  • Wellness counseling

Waybridge Counseling