Setting Boundaries Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on October 12th, 2021

Worksheet updated on December 13th, 2021

Setting Boundaries Worksheet

When you do not set clear and healthy boundaries with others, you put yourself at risk of being mistreated. Without proper boundaries, the people in your life may mistreat you and not realize it. This is because they do not know that the way they are approaching you is upsetting you or simply does not work for you.

Boundaries are an important part of relationships because they set expectations for others about how you want to be treated. Boundaries also prevent feelings of resentment and disappointment. They do so by ensuring that others clearly understand how you want to be treated.

People tend to appreciate it when you let them know your boundaries because then they are not left guessing or assuming things that may not be true about who you are or how you want to be treated. The people who do not respect your boundaries may not be healthy people for you to have in your life.

About This Worksheet

This is the Setting Boundaries worksheet. This worksheet provides a guideline about how to set boundaries with others. It also helps a client explore why boundaries are important and are needed in their life. This worksheet provides reflection questions to help a client learn about their own boundary setting process.

This worksheet can be helpful for adolescents and adults. It can be used in individual, group, family, and couples counseling sessions.

Instructions

Use this worksheet to help a client learn how to set boundaries with others. Explain the importance of having healthy boundaries, and ensure that the client knows that boundaries are healthy and that everyone is entitled to outlining their boundaries, even if sometimes others do not want to respect them.

Allow the client to answer the reflection questions on their own When they are done, review the responses with them and any family members or partners they may include in their session. Allow time and space for the client to reflect on their responses and provide them with a copy of the worksheet for reference.

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