Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Delaware Valley University Speaks on Healthy Boundary Setting
Associate Professor of the Counseling Psychology Department, Dr. Matthew Mutchler, was featured in an article on Everyday Health about setting boundaries, “All About Boundary Setting: Why Do It and How to Get Better at It.”
Dr. Mutchler earned both his master's and a doctoral degree in human development and family studies with specializations in couple and family therapy and is a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He has presented his work at many national and international conferences, including the American Psychological Association, the International Society of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, and the National Council on Family Relations.
In his teaching at DelVal, Dr. Mutchler strives to relate course material to students' past experiences, current lives, and future goals. Featured in Everyday Health, Dr. Mutchler shares his insights on healthy boundary setting and the consequences of what may happen when we don’t give enough energy to our own well-being.
“We only have so much energy. If we are giving too much to a person or our work, or other things in our lives, we will run out and have nothing left for ourselves to be healthy and well,” Dr. Mutchler said in the article.
He goes on to explain that setting boundaries whether at work, in personal relationships or elsewhere, should not make you feel guilty or selfish. And rather, that setting boundaries will help you excel in those specific areas by being your best self. The article also provides examples of setting healthy boundaries in a variety of settings including work, friendships, romantic relationships and more. The article concludes with seven tips for setting boundaries in everyday life.