When you hear the word “boundaries,” what do you think of?
Do you think of something negative, a protective shell meant to keep others out of your personal space? Do you think of creating distance between yourself and those you’re in relationships with?
“Boundaries” may sound like a scary word with negative connations, but it’s really not! Boundaries not only give you a sense of personal freedom, but they also create healthy, lasting relationships!
For example, think of having boundaries at work. Whether you work a 9-5 job in the office or freelance at home, you’ve probably set time containers for your work, right? You work during a certain period, and then after your work is done, you stop working so that you can recharge and spend time with your family or friends. If you haven’t set boundaries at work, you’ll find yourself either working too little or too much, leading to an unhealthy relationship with your job either way.
We need boundaries in every aspect of our lives — from the work we do to the relationships we have with our loved ones. Boundaries aren’t a bad thing — in fact, when we set boundaries, we become better communicators and curators of our needs and desires.
But how do we set boundaries? How do we have hard conversations with those we love in order to love them and ourselves even better?
Today on The School of Greatness, I have the expert on boundaries to teach us how — please welcome therapist Nedra Tawwab!
Nedra Glover Tawwab is a licensed therapist and sought-after relationship expert. She has practiced relationship therapy for 13 years and is the founder and owner of the group therapy practice, Kaleidoscope Counseling. Every day she helps people create healthy relationships by teaching them how to implement boundaries. Her philosophy is that a lack of boundaries and assertiveness underlie most relationship issues, and her gift is helping people create healthy relationships with themselves and others.
Nedra earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She has additional certifications in working with families and couples, as well as in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, plus advanced training for counseling adults who’ve experienced childhood emotional neglect.
Nedra has been recently featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, Self, and Vice, and has appeared on numerous podcasts, including Therapy for Black Girls and Whole 30’s Mama. She runs a popular Instagram account where she shares practices, tools, and reflections for mental health and hosts weekly Q&As.
I was honored to have Nedra join us on The School of Greatness and share her wisdom about creating boundaries to achieve personal freedom as well as healthy relationships. You don’t want to miss this episode!
Join me on Episode 1,085 to learn how to create personal freedom, set boundaries, and improve your relationships with Nedra Tawwab!