The hallmark of a good therapist is being able to tell them your thoughts and feelings without being judged. It's one of the reasons therapy has the power to help people heal and grow.

Sometimes your partner might expect the same level of support from you. After all, a partner is someone you can trust and lean on during difficult times. But no matter a relationship's dynamic, your partner is not your therapist. So where should you draw the line between a partner confiding in you and treating you as a substitute for therapy?

"If you are constantly feeling drained when you are helping or don't feel heard or supported, that is a red flag," said Hillary Schoninger, L.C.S.W., an individual and family psychotherapist in Chicago. "Healthy relationships based on reciprocity allow the needs and wants of everyone to be considered."

How does a partner's support differ from a therapist's?

Daryl Appleton, Ed.D., M.Ed., a psychotherapist and work-life balance expert in New York City, said being a supportive partner involves "consistency in showing up, taking time to learn your