- Maintain good professional and personal boundaries. Sometimes we feel like chameleons, but even as we blend in, we remain separate and strong. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. It’s not appropriate to become friends with clients, no matter how long or mutually rewarding your professional relationship has been. It is too difficult and muddy to transition from this role. Unless you are acting as end-of-life doula for family or close friends, you will say good-bye to them after your services are no longer needed and that is as it should be.