Learning How to Set Boundaries at a Mental Health Facility in Baton Rouge

November 5, 2015
therapy baton rouge rehab center madisonville   I think a lot of us have been there, unable to set boundaries and speak assertively with family, friends, and co-workers. In the end, you're stuck feeling unhappy, frustrated, resentful, and alone. The good thing is that setting boundaries can be accomplished easily in just a few steps.  

Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health Center Mission

The mission of Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health is to promote, restore, and maintain mental health and wellness through coordinated, integrated, and cost-effective services. Throughout treatment at Jefferson Oaks you are given a "toolbox" of coping skills to aid in accomplishing your treatment goals, feeling more confident, empowered, and deserving. I would like to point out that you are not alone, the feelings of not wanting to disappoint, hurt, and anger someone are normal. But guess what? You have the power to change things by taking your control back. I'm going to let you in on a few skills taught at Jefferson Oaks with hopes that you feel capable, worthy, and important! Often, setting boundaries is the most effective solution to regain control of a situation.   coping strategies therapy madisonville therapy baton rouge  

Steps for Setting Boundaries

Step 1: Identify what your boundaries are. It is very important to recognize what behaviors are acceptable and those that are not. A lack of awareness and implementation result in poor self-esteem, increased depression & anxiety, as well as co-dependent behaviors.   Step 2: Implementation. Clearly communicate and verbalize boundaries. Yes, there will be individuals who try to make you give in (it's much easier, right?), but stand firm. There will be times where you have to continue to reiterate boundaries but if the struggle continues, take it to the next step.   Step 3: Set Consequences. When you have clearly set boundaries and individuals ignore them, set consequences. Maybe you've heard the saying, "you teach people how to treat you", I agree. If we allow someone to take advantage of us, most times, they will SO say what you mean, and mean what you say. Trust me, it gets easier with time.   Step 4: Repeat previous steps as needed. Boundary setting is one of the many skills taught at Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health. For more information, go to www.JeffersonOaks.com  

LaCrystal McCoy, MA, LPC

Baton Rouge Rehab Center