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The Good Thing About Saying No

9b7e589da75b74d54336fd276d58716aIt’s a short word with powerful meaning(s).  It is important and necessary.  It is essential and valuable.  It can save your dignity and maybe your life.  It is “no”.  But some of us are not very comfortable using it, or may not know how to use it.  How about you?

Saying no to something or someone is a form of boundary setting.  It defines a line (emotional or physical) that you are not willing to cross, or have someone else cross.  It can be a way that we protect ourselves from physical and emotional harm.  Being able to identify when we are becoming overwhelmed or burned out is important as we can set boundaries with others in order to save our sanity.  Sometimes we have to let go of something in order to gain something else.

Here are a few things to consider:

* what is the worst thing that can happen if I say no?

* who will benefit most if I set a boundary?

* how will boundary setting affect my life?

* do I feel like I always have to please others and put myself last?

I encourage you to explore your boundaries and find the good in saying “no” this weekend!


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The Good Thing About Saying No

Karisse Callender, MS, SAC, LPC

Karisse Callender, MS, SAC, LPC, is a native of the Caribbean, living in the Midwest. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and is a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She does individual and group therapy with a Not-for-Profit Agency where she incorporates various treatment modalities to aide in client care. She has a special interest in relapse prevention, integrated treatment, counselor and client wellness and dual diagnosis. She enjoys reading, crafting, baking, socializing with friends and trying out different brands of tea. Lessons From the Couch was created out of her experiences on her new journey as a professional. This blog is about the process of seeing things unfold with clients who have mental health and addiction concerns and her keen interest in self care. Feel free to contact Karisse at: [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @lessonsbykc

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Callender, K. (2013). The Good Thing About Saying No. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2020, from


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