Therapy and Boundaries

Boundaries may be at risk if a therapist gradually changes from their usual practice, or drifts away from the goals or contract originally agreed with you.

Other danger signs are:

  • rather than focusing on you, the therapist directs energy towards meeting his or her own needs
    – for example, talking about themselves, or unexpectedly ending sessions early
  • reversal of roles: you are told about the therapist’s problems and ‘required’ to ‘care’ for them
  • the therapist suggests that he or she is the only practitioner or person who can meet your needs
  • you are offered additional sessions (which you had not agreed at the outset) without there being a clinical justification
  •  the therapist is insincere and/or flatters you n the therapist seems blaming or judgmental towards you

  • the therapist flirts with you
    the therapist ‘takes sides’ with you no matter what the situation, or argues with you

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