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Running head: BOUNDARIES AND SELF-CARE
Boundaries and Self-Care in Clinical Practice
BOUNDARIES AND SELF-CARE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
Practitioner-client relationships in the field of clinical psychology are intimate, but at the
same time, very fragile. The client gets to share personal and intimate details of their lives, and to
apply the methods and techniques of the trade effectively, the psychologist has to tap into their
own personalities and behaviors in developing an effective working alliance with the client
(Kitchener & Anderson, 2014). Defining a standard nature of these relationships presents
problems. But even more difficult is the task of defining boundaries between these relationships.
For instance, it is appropriate for a client to share an intimate piece of information during
therapy, but it becomes questionable when a therapist shares a personal detail with the client
(Kitchener & Anderson, 2014). According to Kitchener and Anderson (2011), boundaries in
clinical psychology entail not just a physical aspect, but an emotional, and psychological aspect
as well. Above all, the practitioner-client relationship must focalize at maintaining (achieving)
the wellbeing of the client which is the professional responsibility the psychologist. A loss of
focus on this responsibility subsequently blur...