Boundary Basics

Establishing relationship boundaries with clients can be difficult. It can help to establish boundaries with your client at the beginning of the relationship and to have ongoing, open conversations regarding the extent of your role.

  • Clearly tell the client when you will be available and inform them of the appropriate ways of communicating with you.
  • Avoid justifying, rationalizing, apologizing, or feeling guilty for setting boundaries.
  • Identify and refer the client to other social support resources as needed rather than trying to solve problems yourself.
  • Be consistent with all clients.
  • Be open with clients about how maintaining boundaries supports better care for them and safeguards their welfare and confidentiality