Boundaries are often unspoken rules defining who participates in the family, how and when. We all need boundaries to protect and take care of ourselves. Some folks have very rigid boundaries and others have very diffuse boundaries.
If you have rigid boundaries, then barriers may exist that keep you from having meaningful relationships and understandings with others. People who have rigid boundaries can become isolated or withdrawn from people, which can cause relationships to suffer.
A diffuse boundary is the opposite of a rigid boundary; people with diffuse boundaries do not have clear, definable boundaries with others, and such individuals can have problems defining who they are. In situations where diffuse boundaries exist within a family, it is common to find family over-involvement in the individual’s life.
In both Family Counseling and in Mediation, we will work on building safe, healthy boundaries for everyone in your family.