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The boundaries of the therapeutic relationship are a crucial part of effective therapy. But understanding them, and the effects of power and responsibility, can be intimidating to trainee or newly-qualified therapists. This book will take step by step through everything they need to know to work ethically and safeguard the wellbeing of both themselves and their clients. It tackles: • Contracting and the importance of negotiating and clarifying boundaries with clients • The implications and limits of maintaining confidentiality • Keeping clear sexual boundaries, and how to work around issues safely and appropriately • What happens when circumstances change, and everyday or serious disruptions occur to therapy • The nature of the therapist’s power, and how to employ it responsibly to a client’s benefit P ...

Setting Out Together: Contracting
Setting Out Together: Contracting

Your success in building a safe alliance depends greatly upon your contract and the initial negotiation to clarify boundaries with clients. Embedded within this process there are therapeutic benefits but also occasional challenges when dealing with clients’ expectations of counselling and the counsellor’s role and relationship. This initial meeting should include reinforcing client autonomy and ensuring informed consent so that boundaries are clearly understood, whether they are agreed or imposed, whether they are face-to-face or via a digital platform. We need to reflect on our levels of transparency, making decisions regarding how we communicate this and understand how the pre-therapy contact reinforces our ethos. We need to also be evaluating our use of ongoing assessment measures and ...

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