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.
When we think of challenges in counselling, there are several aspects worth bearing in mind. Firstly, challenges to boundaries can be either intentional or unintentional, conscious or unconscious. Our client might make a comment that they consider irrelevant but we may hear it as being challenging. We can’t assume that our client is aware of how their questions or comments may be heard by us. More importantly, as with any behaviour that we interpret or label as challenging, the challenge is to the person on the receiving end – the counsellor and not usually the client. Also, any challenge might simply be a form of communication that indicates an underlying issue. Finally, consideration of the context of the challenge, such as ...