PRLog - Feb. 5, 2013 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In one sense, every discussion about ethics is a discussion about boundaries. In a larger sense, moreover, the psychotherapeutic process itself is all about boundaries – boundaries that join therapist and client, and boundaries that separate them; boundaries that define what is to be part of therapy and what is not; boundaries that the client may have compromised and must reinstate. It is this latter point that makes the issue of boundaries in psychotherapy one of the fundamental agendas for any therapeutic process: the fact that many clients find themselves in adverse situations they themselves have created by failing to establish effective boundaries. The ethics component is the therapist’s roadmap for providing assurance that therapeutic boundaries will be established and maintained throughout the client’s therapy experience.
Ethics & Boundary Issues
The concept of boundaries is not limited to professional relationships. Nations, tribes, families, and individuals all have boundaries. Robert Frost wrote “good fences make good neighbors.” Cultures have widely differing understanding of boundaries, and when people from one culture move to a new environment their sense of boundaries may evolve, more closely mirroring the beliefs of the place where they now live.
Boundaries are the limits that allow for safe connections between individuals. A boundary is that defining space which clarifies “you” and “me.” Our understandings of what are acceptable boundaries grow out of our family of origin. A healthy boundary allows an individual to relate with genuineness to others. Persons with healthy boundaries know how to provide for their own personal privacy and safety (and by extension, that of their young children). Appropriate intimacy and the achievement of trust is possible in relationships because there is no fear of losing “self” in establishing connections with others.
Ethics & Boundaries in Psychotherapy (https://www.pdresources.org/
Professional Development Resources (https://www.pdresources.org/