Activating counselling boundaries keeps us and our client’s safe and working within an ethical practice. Implementing a healthy set of boundaried terms and conditions, allows transparency and clarity within the work that we do, supporting a collective knowledge of what is and what is not acceptable.
Boundaries within counselling can be viewed as a help or a hindrance in different situations, however, having them in place can be crucial, establishing limits at the beginning of therapy allows the work to flow as both parties are aware of the expectations.
Depending on who your governing body are and the terms and conditions within which you work, you can initially lay out these ethical boundaries and continue to evaluate the work. This way the client is able to understand and agree to the initial ethical boundaries that you have set out in writing. It avoids complications within the therapeutic engagement and dependency on a therapist.
Counselling boundaries are such an important part of good counselling work. It is so important to keep yourself safe from being accused of any wrongdoing. Equally it is crucial to keep the client safe.
Boundaries set the structure and platform from which to work and lay out the expectations of each party. Having a robust terms and conditions agreement at the beginning of the work ensures that the framework is both consistent and ethical.
Counsellors can get burned out very easily and being able to close down their work at the end of their working day is essential for their wellbeing and in order to continue to give more assistance to people in need of their service.
Without boundaries the work can become draining, leading to disillusionment and fatigue. Counsellor boundaries are guidelines that are based on the basic principles of the counsellor/practitioner code of ethics.