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 acked with case studies, ethical dilemmas and points for reflection and discussion, this is an essential read for trainee practitioners and qualified therapists looking to ensure safe and ethical practice.

Keeping Clear and Safe Sexual Boundaries
Keeping Clear and Safe Sexual Boundaries

The ability to identify sexual dynamics and the confidence to then bring our observations or suspicions into the counselling relationship may be discomforting to face, but are necessary if we are to remain congruent. There may be situations in which attraction is communicated by the client, but there may also be times when we, as the counsellor, feel an attraction to our client. This is not an unusual occurrence. It is also possible for a similar situation to develop between supervisor and supervisee. Sexual boundaries don’t end with attraction, but can also incorporate the use and interpretation of physical touch, and to some extent, the limits to our self-disclosure. In addition to our ...

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