Unspoken Boundaries: An Experiential Workshop

“The Tools” Continuing Education Credited Workshops

This course is designed for mental health professionals


“The Tools” 2.5 Hour Credited Workshop

“The Tools” workshop provides you with the core concepts used to strengthen your boundaries and has space for up to 25 people.

Cost: $50.00 without CE Credits or $65 with CE Credits
If you wish to pay by check or cash rather than via credit card, contact Merle Yost

This workshop has no breaks, all of the time in the workshop is awarded CE Credits.

Abby Neuberg, CEPA Provider No. 87911, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor Continuing Education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Abby Neuberg maintains the responsibility for the program and all its content. CE Credit will be awarded after the completion of the course in exchange for a completed course evaluation form.

This course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

No CE’s will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded.

“A continuing education hour is defined as a 60-minute hour. Continuing education credit shall be awarded only for instructional time . Lunch and other breaks shall not be included in total time awarded for continuing education credit. Courses must be a minimum of one continuing education hour, in one block of time.”

Participants must sign in at the beginning of the meeting, sign out at the end of the meeting and be present throughout the training in order to receive CE Certificates which will be provided at the end of the program.


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Merle Yost, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Mr. Yost received his MA degree from John F. Kennedy University in 1991.  Mr. Yost is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco in 1991. He is a graduate of the Menla Healing Program: Tibetan Buddhist Psychology and Energy Healing in 2017. Merle was licensed in 1995 as an LMFT. He is also an EMDR Approved Consultant.

Mr. Yost was in private practice for 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has done extensive training on Men Sexually Abused as Children, Intimacy, EMDR and other topics. He has been a supervisions and consultant for many years. He is a lifetime member of CAMFT and founder of Gynecomasita.org

Facilitator:  Merle Yost, LMFT

Merle Yost, LMFT

Help Your Clients

  • Have energy for their own life at the end of the week

  • Stop people from draining their energy

  • Set clear boundaries in all parts of their life: family, friends, and relationships

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify 2-3 observable cues that a client’s energy and their own energy is dysregulated.

  • Participants will be able to describe the difference between merging and joining with clients and how merging negatively impacts client and clinician.

  • Participants will utilize and be able to teach clients 2-3 exercises they can use to manage their energy and maintain boundaries


Workshop Schedule

As this workshop is experiential, these times are estimates.

8:30am - Registration Starts
9:00am - Welcome, Introductions
9:15am - 9:30am - Lecture
Signs of boundary failures
Different kinds of boundaries
How this will benefit your work and clients
9:30am - 9:45am - Dyad Boundary Exercise
9:45pm - 10:00am - Lecture: Illustrations of Boundaries
How they fail
What that looks like
10:00am - 10:05am - Buddhist Concentration Exercise
10:05am - 10:15am - First Aid Boundary Tools
10:15am - 10:25am - Practice with Tools
10:25am - 10:30am - Vulnerability Illustrations
10:30am - 10:40am - Running the Gauntlet Guided Visualization & Discussion
10:40m - 11:00am - Daily Boundary Tools & Discussion
11:00am - 11:15am Repeat Dyad Boundary Exercise
11:15am - 11:30am - Final questions, closure, evaluations

Course Outline

The concepts we cover in this workshop.

  • Signs of boundary failures

  • Slide show of boundaries

  • Explanation of energy boundaries

  • Ways that boundaries are violated

  • Exploration of deficits in a person’s boundaries

  • Buddhist Concentration Exercise

  • First Aid for Boundaries

  • Figure 8’s disconnecting and connecting

  • Moving qi technique

  • Practice of First Aid Techniques

  • Types of Vulnerability

  • Guided Visualization handling being disliked

  • Mindfulness exercise - Daily practice for boundary hygiene

  • Repeat first Exercise with new tools.

  • Closing comments and discussion


I was privileged to experience Merle’s latest workshop intensive and enjoyed both immediate and profound effects.

Merle has a gift for ‘conscious and emotional intuition’ which allows him to see those things that we refuse to see buried inside of us.

I had been caring an ‘emotional block’ inside my inner child for over 57 years regarding issues around boundaries with women and authority figures in my life. Within two days Merle allowed me to see my challenge and help me learn how to feel the boundaries of this block and learn to not only self-correct myself, but to also learn to stand in my power with confidence by using the word No and No More.

I am already experiencing the effects of reclaiming my space, my power, and defining where I stop and others energetic field begins.

I highly encourage anyone facing emotional, psychological,Spiritual, or karmic blocks to consider a ‘lovingly powerful way out’ through Merle’s workshop intensive.
— HP – Carpinteria, CA
Merle Yost’s skillful and sensitive teaching provides important, and usually neglected, information about boundaries. Over time, I have realized that helping clients (and myself) actually understand boundaries is the most basic element of our work in therapy. I particularly liked Merle’s experiential focus. We learn instantly when we experience something, in our own bodies, in the moment. His Gestalt approach was integrated into my own work with clients the very next day. Colleagues who have taken the course have been 100% glad they did, including myself.
— Marilyn J. Owen, LMFT Santa Barbara, CA
I took this experiential workshop and gained tools that I found immensely useful. I learned that I can still have empathy for my clients’ issues, but without getting sucked into their problems.

Whether their stress is about their taxes or other personal issues, I learned techniques of how to listen to my clients and be there for them, and still keep good boundaries.

Sometimes we provide more of a service then just putting numbers on a form; we have to be able to help our clients navigate various challenges in life. As tax professionals, we learn about our clients’ health, from their high medical expenses, or perhaps there’s an upcoming divorce.

When situations are very stressful for our clients, they might want to talk about emotional issues as well as financial ones.

This workshop taught me how to recognize when a client might not have good boundaries, how to listen and be supportive of the client, and how to keep my own boundaries even if the client was struggling to keep theirs.
— Jay Schnyder, EA
The boundaries workshop was nothing short of transformative for me. The exercises Merle facilitated gave me a very clear experience of what my own energy is and how I experience it in relationship to others. Merle has a particular gift of being highly attuned and perceptive during the exercises, which was so validating and brought a deeper knowledge and trust in myself.

I now have newfound clarity around how I can relate to others in a way where I feel more safe and protected and don’t take on their energy. I also came away from the workshop with a much keener awareness of the sensations and feelings in my body, and a deeper experience of my spirituality. I highly recommend his workshop!
— M. Joergensen
My experience with the Unspoken Boundaries Workshop had an immediate and lasting impact on my professional and personal life. As a therapist and empath, I found myself unable to recover energetically from a typical workday. I have practiced many self care methods between clients, but nothing compares to the tools I developed around my own energetic space. Where I stop, someone else starts. How can I avoid merging my clients’ energy with my own and still connect to them on a empathic level?

Merle’s gentle but direct guidance is instrumental in looking at energy blocks that keep you from living your best life. His intuition and clairvoyance are carefully implemented with the purpose of healing and bringing peace to his clients. Whether your relationships are personal, professional, or other, his workshop is a must and I highly recommend it.
— Sonia Diaz-Ebadi, LMFT
I attended Merle Yost’s workshop on therapeutic boundaries. As a therapist I was searching for a way to keep my own energies after a work day and not need two hours of nap time… What I experienced was so much more! Merle took us through basic information about the group and what to expect. Then we got down to work. The experience exceeded all of my expectations. I entered the group a spiritually hidden guy and finished on a whole new adventure. Expect the workshop to be part instruction on needed skills for therapy, and more than part kind, safe, personal therapy. If you want to learn why Merle thinks this kind of work is fun, and not stressful, sign up!!!!
— Bob Schetter, LCSW
I’ve been working on developing boundaries for years, but found what I learned in a day at Merle’s boundaries workshop to be life-changing. I was always feeling beyond my boundaries to try to stay safe. Not only did changing that habit increase my energy and intuition, it also gave me insight into others on a deeper level. Merle is extremely sensitive to every nuance that occurs in his workshop. Even if a participant avoids experiencing an emotion, he’s aware and can help guide them to healing. Beautiful to experience, and beautiful to watch the process unfold in others.
— Elizabeth Gould, author of Your Best Health by Friday: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma, PTSD, and Chronic Illness
The Unspoken Boundaries Workshop speaks to the significance of boundaries in the therapeutic relationship. It also helps to heighten one’s awareness to the energetic boundaries that exist in all relationships. I highly recommend this training for professionals who wish to deepen their personal presence, expand their energetic container or reclaim personal power. Merle has a unique way of offering his gifts through simple yet profound exercises and didactic exploration. He is highly attuned and sensitive to the energetic experience which often goes unnoticed and is left “unspoken”. Merle offers participants the space and tools, for communicating this essential language. I personally had some profound shifts in awareness and my work deepened from the experiences in this workshop, even having a background in the material. At any level, this workshop can bring valuable information and insight. I think of it as a gift. Thank you.
— Lily Jaser
Merle’s Unspoken Boundaries Workshop was transformational! Living as a highly sensitive person and empath, I found myself exhausted after social interactions, people-pleasing at my own expense, and losing myself in relationships. This workshop gave me tools and practices to use on a daily basis to help me maintain personal boundaries, protect myself, release unhealthy patterns, and relate in an easier way. The experiential practices and personalized attention got right to the heart of my wounding and helped me move through it quickly and gracefully. Merle’s kind and playful presence created a safe container to heal on a deep level while having fun. I highly recommend this work to anyone who wants to heal and grow, personally, professionally, and relationally.
— E. A., MA, AMFT