• Marie Murphy

A Happy Life in an Open Relationship with Susan Wenzel


Susan Wenzel

Susan Wenzel is a Certified Sex Therapist, Relationship Expert, and Psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience working with individuals and couples and leading seminars and workshops in the United States and Canada. Susan’s work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Oprah Daily, Men’s Health, and many other publications. She is also the author of A Happy Life in an Open Relationship: The Essential Guide to a Healthy and Fulfilling Nonmonogamous Love Life.


Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Susan Wenzel talks about her work as a Certified Sex Therapist

  • Susan’s emotional journey transitioning from a monogamous relationship to an open relationship

  • How personal growth contributes to the success of Susan’s marriage

  • What are some of the different forms of ethical nonmonogamous partnerships?

  • How Susan helps couples who are considering opening their relationship

  • The signs that a couple may not be ready to move away from monogamy

  • Susan explains “the act of detachment” and why it’s so powerful

  • Susan and Dr. Marie Murphy discuss the importance of taking responsibility for your life and your choices


In this episode…

You should never try and fit yourself into a mold of someone else's preferences. But, deciding to go against societal norms can be challenging. So, how do you know if a big decision—such as opening up your relationship—will be worth it in the end?


When Susan Wenzel decided to try nonmonogamy with her partner, she struggled with a range of difficult emotions before finding happiness. As she says, we can’t know what the future holds, but we are responsible for our choices—including how we choose to perceive our circumstances. By taking responsibility for what she could control and letting go of the things she couldn’t, Susan achieved greater happiness, freedom, and growth, both in and out of her relationship.


Join Dr. Marie Murphy in this episode of Your Secret is Safe With Me as she sits down with Susan Wenzel, a Certified Sex Therapist and Relationship Expert, to discuss life outside of monogamy. Susan shares her personal experience transitioning to an open marriage and explains how she helps couples navigate various nonmonogamous relationships. Plus, Dr. Murphy and Susan talk about the power of letting go of the things that prevent you from being happy. Stay tuned.

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