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  • Writer's pictureYvette E. McDonald, LCSW-QS

Safeguarding Individual Well-Being: The Imperative of Unweaponized Therapy in Relationships

In the intricate dance of interpersonal relationships, the role of therapy as a sanctuary for self-discovery and mutual understanding is unparalleled. However, the misuse or weaponization of therapy is something seen to many times and can have profound repercussions, particularly on the individual well-being of those involved.

Let's delve into why safeguarding individual mental and emotional health stands as a paramount reason to abstain from weaponizing therapy in relationships.

  • Impact on Mental Health: Weaponizing therapy introduces an unsettling dynamic that directly impacts the mental health of individuals within the relationship. Instead of viewing therapy as a refuge for introspection and growth, it transforms into a source of stress and apprehension. The fear of vulnerabilities being exploited erodes the very foundation upon which therapy is built – the assurance of a safe space for self-exploration.

  • Creating Hesitancy to Open Up: Individuals may become reluctant to share their innermost thoughts and emotions during therapy sessions. This hesitancy obstructs the therapeutic process, preventing the organic and sincere exploration of feelings that is necessary for growth and healing.

  • Exacerbating Relationship Dynamics: The weaponization of therapy often spills over into broader relationship dynamics, exacerbating existing issues. Instead of serving as a neutral ground for shared understanding, therapy becomes entangled in power struggles and disputes. This not only impedes relationship progress but also contributes to a toxic cycle that can be challenging to break.

  • Preserving the Integrity of Therapeutic Spaces: To maintain the efficacy of therapy and uphold individual well-being, it is crucial to preserve the integrity of therapeutic spaces. Therapy should be an environment where individuals feel secure in expressing their thoughts and feelings without the fear.

Creating a therapeutic space that remains untainted by external motives, allowing individuals to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing without compromising their mental health. In the pursuit of healthy and thriving relationships, let us recognize the pivotal role that unweaponized therapy plays in safeguarding the individual well-being of those involved. However, the question then arises when or should I let my friends or family know I am in therapy?


As a counselor and writer navigating the intricate landscape of neurodiversity with both autism and ADHD, my professional journey is a testament to the strength that comes from embracing diverse perspectives. Through the lens of my own experiences, I strive to illuminate the beauty and resilience inherent in neurodivergent individuals. As a counselor, I am committed to providing a safe and inclusive space, where the nuances of neurodiversity are not just understood but celebrated. In my writing, I aim to bridge gaps in understanding, fostering a broader dialogue that promotes acceptance and appreciation for the rich tapestry of human cognition. My dual roles as a counselor and writer converge in a passion for advocacy, championing the rights and unique strengths of neurodivergent individuals. In every word and session, I aspire to contribute to a world that recognizes and values the diverse ways we experience and navigate the world.


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