What are your thoughts on therapists suggesting people break up with their partners?

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Do you think this is okay? Do you think it's fair? Are therapists really getting the whole picture, and should they be allowed to suggest things like this?
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Invasive and unless the story reported is clearly one that is abusive it shouldn't be encouraged at all.
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Invasive and unless the story reported is clearly one that is abusive it shouldn't be encouraged at all.
What do you consider as abuse?
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What do you consider as abuse?
Emotional can be difficult to discern but say if I told a therapist I was being beaten, I don't think it would be wise for the therapist to say that is a healthy relationship. That seems clear cut to me. Emotional and mental while still abuse can be more tricky and a therapist has to be careful not to get the wrong end of the stick.
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Emotional can be difficult to discern but say if I told a therapist I was being beaten, I don't think it would be wise for the therapist to say that is a healthy relationship. That seems clear cut to me. Emotional and mental while still abuse can be more tricky and a therapist has to be careful not to get the wrong end of the stick.
I agree with that. When it comes to emotional/mental aspects, you wonder if what the client says is just his or her interpretation of a situation, but not necessarily accurate.
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Honestly, I think that if you’re going to a therapist then you’re already willing to spill your heart and thoughts out for someone else to dissect, analyse and evaluate. In the same way that I expect my friends to give their opinions about how they feel about my SO, I’d expect for a therapist to weigh in on the healthiness of my relationship.

But in the end that’s all it is: an opinion. Sure a good friend will tell you they don’t think it’s healthy in the same way a therapist can, but neither have any power over your actions. A therapist just objectively provides they can give their own professional opinion based on What you’ve told them.

Also perhaps the fact that the topic of boyfriends was even brought up in the first place may indicate a subconscious concern someone might have that the therapist may have noticed idk just my opinion
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has your therapist suggested you break up? i’ve seen maybe 10 therapists and no one tells you what to do. they just listen to you.
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has your therapist suggested you break up? i’ve seen maybe 10 therapists and no one tells you what to do. they just listen to you.
a good one does but there are some others, and people read into it sometimes I think, they think the therapist is endorsing a particular position when it's actually meant as a discussion
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