Elisabeth Sheff

Legal, Relationship, and Writing Consultant - (at Sheff Consulting)
Degrees: BA, Liberal Arts & Modern Dance (emphasis in West African), Sonoma State University, 1994; PhD, Sociology (emphasis in families, deviance, and sex and gender), University of Colorado Boulder, 2005. Certifications: Certified Sexuality Educator, American Association of Counselors, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT), 2012; Court Appointed Special Advocate, Fulton County Juvenile Court, Atlanta GA, 2012 Certifications: Certified Sexuality Educator - American Association of Counselors, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT) 2012; Court Appointed Special Advocate - Fulton County Juvenile Court, Atlanta GA 2012.


  • Sex and Gender Diversity

  • Family

  • Law and policy

  • Writing

  • Research

  • Relationships

Description of Services:

The world-wide expert on polyamorous families with children, Dr. Sheff provides expert witness services, writing and academic consulting, and relationship coaching. An expert in families of sex and gender minorities, Sheff can conduct interviews, review documents or reports, and provide assessments that distinguish between families that are merely unconventional and those that are truly problematic. Sheff can advise lawyers, prepare statements and court briefs, and provide testimony. In courtroom testimony, Sheff uses empirical data from her own and others' research to counter misinformation, prejudice, and fear about sex and gender minorities.

Using her extensive knowledge of polyamory and kink/BDSM, Sheff provides one-time relationship consultations for those who wonder how polyamory or kink might impact their lives and ongoing coaching for those who are seeking an external perspective and strategies to deal with jealousy, set realistic boundaries, deal with conflict, and improve communication skills. Dr. Sheff can meet with you in person when possible, via telephone, or Skype.

From universities to MeetUps and Cons, Dr. Sheff speaks to groups and organizations about sex and gender diversity, and how it relates to families, health, and laws. Sheff has provided keynote addresses at InfinityCon and Atlanta Poly Weekend, and presented at conferences from the American Psychiatric Association to the National Council on Family Relations as well as conventions like DragonCon and Frolicon.

Author of three books, over 20 peer-reviewed publications, and hundreds of blogs on her own site and Psychology Today, Sheff provides writing services and uses her range of writing skills to help you create content for your website, write your book, or turn your masters thesis into a journal article.


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