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.

What are Boundaries?

What are Boundaries?

Before progressing to the finer detail of boundaried therapeutic work, it is helpful to clarify some of the specific meanings within the context of counselling. Considering what we mean by the term ‘boundaries’ in counselling should help, in addition to considering how such boundaries can be used as a vehicle for therapeutic change. With so many models of therapy being practised, we also need to explore the impact that our theoretical orientation can have on the contracting process. We will also consider a range of possible alternatives for managing our boundaries. Within this chapter we will be considering the challenges and benefits that working within safe boundaries can provide; to do that however, we first need to clarify exactly ...

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