The key to improving communications is to uncover each other’s emotional needs. Couples therapy can help you understand these needs and respond to them in a way that supports connection with each other. Once we learn how to talk about our needs in an authentic, direct way with our partner, communication becomes easier.
We create a relationship that is based on real mutuality, speaking in a way that is beneficial for both partners. Once you understand the underlying emotional needs, it becomes much easier to tailor specific communication strategies that will work for both of your styles. This could include how to start a conversation, how to talk about your own experience rather than criticizing the other, how to make the other feel really understood, using empathic listening vs. problem solving listening and more.
In this way, you can find ways to speak honestly and kindly to each other. Communication is an opportunity to get closer to your partner. Once you master how to continuously improve communication with couples counseling, you can discuss even the most sensitive of topics while still feeling connected. This will strengthen your trust and commitment to each other.