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.
Chapter 10: Boundaries and Good Practice in Action
Boundaries don’t just define the safe environment in which therapeutic work can take place, as working actively with the boundaries themselves can be a powerful agent of therapeutic change. How our client perceives a safe environment might seem obvious but it isn’t always; one client may look for security in guidance, advice and a more medical approach from a professional they view as an expert while another client might resent that greatly and expect a more client-centred approach, where they themselves are seen as the centre of expertise in their own life. It takes confidence and skill to develop the ability to create an environment and positive relationship that integrates the limits of ...