Boundaries: Where you end

Unfortified Boundaries

Unfortified Boundaries in Relationships

Unfortified, or weak, boundaries in relationships refer to a lack of clear or consistent limits or expectations between individuals. These boundaries can pertain to the emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a relationship.

Key Characteristics:

  • Inconsistent Limits: Rules and expectations that change frequently or are not communicated.
  • Overreaching Responsibilities: Taking on more responsibility for others’ feelings or actions than is healthy.
  • Difficulty Saying No: A tendency to agree to things even when it’s not in one’s best interest.
  • Emotional Dependency: Relying too heavily on the other person for emotional support or validation.
  • Lack of Personal Space: Allowing others to intrude on your personal space or time without consent.

Consequences of Unfortified Boundaries:

  • Increased Stress and Anxiety: Constantly worrying about pleasing others or managing their reactions can be exhausting and anxiety-inducing.
  • Loss of Identity: When boundaries are weak, it’s easy to lose sight of your own needs, values, and interests, leading to a diminished sense of self.
  • Relationship Imbalance: One partner may become dominant, leading to an unhealthy power dynamic where the other’s needs are consistently marginalized.
  • Resentment Buildup: Continuously having your boundaries crossed can lead to feelings of resentment towards the other person.
  • Poor Self-Esteem: Constantly prioritizing others’ needs over your own can lead to feelings of low self-worth.
  • Vulnerability to Manipulation: Weak boundaries make it easier for others to manipulate or take advantage of you.
  • Difficulty in Trusting Others: If boundaries are not respected, it can lead to a general mistrust of people.
  • Emotional Exhaustion: The effort to maintain relationships without clear boundaries can be emotionally draining.
  • Neglect of Personal Needs: You might neglect your own physical, emotional, and mental health needs.
  • Conflict Avoidance: Avoid confrontation at all costs, leading to unresolved issues and internalized stress.

Seeking Help:

If you recognize these signs in your relationships, it may be beneficial to seek counseling. Shauna can help you:

  • 1. Understand and assert your personal boundaries.
  • 2. Develop healthier relationship dynamics.
  • 3. Improve your self-esteem and assertiveness.
  • 4. Address any underlying issues contributing to weak boundaries.

Remember, it’s important to seek personalized advice from a qualified professional who can understand your specific situation and provide tailored guidance on your journey to understanding yourself and others.

Importance of Boundaries

Boundaries promote healthy relationships by ensuring that each person’s emotions, opinions, and personal space are respected. They help prevent the erosion of trust, enable effective communication, and foster mutual understanding. Boundaries also safeguard against emotional manipulation, codependency, and unhealthy power dynamics. So, what do boundaries help with?

  • Boundaries act as a safeguard for our emotional and mental well-being
  • Boundaries protect us from becoming overwhelmed, stressed, or emotionally drained
  • Boundaries allow you to establish clear expectations at home, work, and play
  • Boundaries help you prioritize your needs
  • By setting boundaries around your availability, workload, and personal time, you can create a sustainable and fulfilling life
  • Protect your physical and emotional well-being
  • Boundaries help prevent burnout by ensuring that we have the necessary time and energy to meet our own needs
  • Maintain your sense of self and not change your thinking or behavior to please someone else

Learning how to create and maintain personal and professional boundaries involves assertiveness, self-compassion, healthy communication skills, and personal growth and development any and all of this we can work on together.

By setting boundaries around self-care activities, personal space, and alone time, you cultivate a strong foundation for self-reflection, self-discovery, and personal development.

By clearly communicating our boundaries, we are telling people what our expectations and limitations are. This leads to healthier and more fulfilling connections. We, as a culture, are not always comfortable stating our “rules of engagement” to others. I will travel that path with you.

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon characterized by persistent feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, despite evidence of competence and success. Those experiencing imposter syndrome often believe that they are frauds or that their achievements are merely a result of luck or external factors, rather than their own abilities. This can lead to significant distress, anxiety, and a fear of being exposed as a fraud.
In therapy, we approach imposter syndrome by creating a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore and understand their experiences. I have been trained in treating imposter syndrome and can help you identify and challenge negative thought patterns, develop self-compassion, and build self-esteem. Here are some key aspects of therapy that can be beneficial:

  • Imposter syndrome is a common phenomenon experienced by many successful individuals. Normalizing these feelings can alleviate the sense of isolation and shame often associated with imposter syndrome.
  • Through open and honest conversations, I will help you identify your core beliefs about yourself, what it means to be successful, and who is worthy.
  • Often, these beliefs are deeply ingrained and may stem from past experiences or external influences. By examining and challenging these beliefs, individuals can begin to reshape their self-perception.
  • Therapy provides a platform for individuals to reevaluate and reframe negative thoughts and self-talk. We will practice identifying distorted thinking patterns and replacing them with more accurate perspectives (cognitive restructuring).
  • Therapy can equip individuals with practical skills and strategies to manage imposter syndrome. This may involve developing assertiveness skills, setting realistic goals, practicing self-care, establishing healthy boundaries, and celebrating your wins.

Having a therapist as a supportive ally has been found to make a significant difference in overcoming imposter syndrome. Therapists offer a compassionate ear, guidance, and encouragement throughout the healing journey. They can hold clients accountable for taking steps toward change and provide ongoing support as they navigate challenges and setbacks.

Remember, you are not alone, and with the right help, you can overcome imposter syndrome and embrace your true abilities and accomplishments.


Workaholism is characterized by an obsessive and compulsive need to work excessively, often at the expense of other areas of life such as personal relationships, self-care, and leisure activities. It’s important to recognize that work in itself is not inherently negative, but when it becomes the sole focus of your life, it can lead to burnout, stress, and a diminished sense of fulfillment.

In therapy, you can expect:
  • Assessment and Understanding: We will explore your beliefs, values, and personal history to identify any contributing factors. This will help us understand the severity of your workaholism and gain a deeper understanding of the underlying causes and triggers.
  • Goal Setting: Together, we’ll establish realistic and personalized goals that align with your desired work-life balance. These goals will focus on reducing excessive work hours, improving self-care practices, nurturing relationships, and finding fulfillment outside of work.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques: You will become comfortable with identifying and challenging your negative beliefs and thoughts related to work and replace them with healthier coping strategies. This helps break the cycle of workaholism and creates new patterns of behavior.
  • Stress Management: You will learn practical skills to manage stress, set boundaries, prioritize tasks, and delegate responsibilities. These tools will help you regain control over your work habits and promote a healthier work-life balance.
  • Self-Care and Relaxation: The importance of self-care activities and relaxation techniques to help you recharge and rejuvenate.
  • Building Supportive Relationships: Your communication skills will be improved, your boundaries with colleagues and loved ones will improve, and you will begin to rebuild and nurture relationships that may have been neglected due to excessive work.
  • Maintenance and Relapse Prevention: You can always make a “tune-up” appointment if you start to notice old habits coming back. I provide ongoing support to ensure long-term success.
    Remember, seeking help is a brave step towards creating positive change in your life. I am dedicated to empowering you to overcome workaholism, find balance, and lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
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