You are right in that some client's do not have a clear sense of boundaries and therefore, it is my belief, therapist must have this clear sense and be able to state it. In this manner the client can learn through the interaction with the therapist how to set their own boundaries and how to respond to other persons. I have learned a lot more about boundaries through my interaction with my therapist, I already had some knowledge and awareness and this has been built upon during/through therapy. Having that safe environment in which to explore and learn is quite valuable.
My concern is that I know, from experience, that some therapist do not have clear boundaries and will exploit their clients. Having had such an horrible experience I still believe that their is an appropriate level, type and way to use physical contact (hug, touch of hand etc) in therapy and I am grateful that my present therapist does use this in a respectful manner.
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