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.

Repairing Ruptures and Attending to Difficulties
Repairing Ruptures and Attending to Difficulties

Working successfully and remaining confident with ruptures, challenges and complaints can sometimes feel overwhelming or beyond our reach. This chapter focuses on some commonly experienced challenges and suggests how we might respond in a professional, non-defensive way, integrating the issues into our therapy. It encourages developing the ability to separate our professional responsibilities from our personal world, so we don’t automatically hear challenge as a personal attack. To accept challenge as an additional form of communication leads to us including it within the therapeutic process.

Changes and Disruptions to Boundaries that Arise as Part of Everyday Practice

Very new counselling relationships may initially progress without any sort of disruption or change as the counsellor and ...

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