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Family Works Boundaries for Women programme

Feeling drained? Sometimes it can feel like people are taking advantage of our time, love, energy or money. People can ask too much of us, and it can seem difficult to say no.

The Boundaries for Women programme has been designed to help you develop healthier relationships and bring back your zest for life.

This group learning and support programme will help you to identify unhealthy boundaries in your relationships. We’ll then discuss the ways you can develop and maintain healthy boundaries in your relationships with partners, children, parents, family, whānau, friends and associates. We’ll support you to develop healthy self-esteem and gain confidence as you put your learning into practice.

Boundaries for Women is usually run over six weeks with a two-hour session each week.

Topics include:

  • what a boundary is and what it looks like
  • how unhealthy boundaries can develop and how to change behaviours
  • how to communicate your needs clearly
  • characteristics and indicators of healthy boundaries and limits.

The group programme caters for eight to 12 women with individual follow-up sessions often available if requested.

Participants say

Women who have previously completed the programme have reported dramatic, positive change in their lives as they have implemented changes in how they relate to people around them.

  • “I now know how to say no, I get that I don’t have to rescue people all the time, I’m stronger now and don’t get involved in what’s not mine.”
  • “If I had known how to set healthy boundaries 20 years ago, my life would have been very different. I am glad that the future can be better.”
  • “I have learnt a lot about myself and how I USED to take on other people’s responsibilities as my own. I have NOW gained the skills and have the awareness of how to set boundaries and stand firm with them.”


If you’re interested in taking part in Boundaries for Women, or you have a client or loved one who may benefit from the programme, call us on 0800 FAM WORKS to talk to one of our friendly team.

Read more about making a referral to Family Works.