Common problem descriptions include, “We don’t communicate very well,” or “we just don’t know how to talk anymore” “we argue too much,” or “every argument turns into a fight”.
Our counselling programs are structured to assist couples learn and apply the fundamental concepts, skills and exercises for improving their interpersonal communication—including techniques of constructive fighting, conflict resolution, and expressions of affection.
Great communication in marriage is a skill that you can learn
It takes practice and experienced practitioners that can show you how. Side by Side therapists are specifically trained to teach couples the skills to master the art of communication in close relationships.
While arguments and conflicts are unavoidable in long-term relationships, ineffective and destructing patterns of arguing can certainly be avoided.
Research shows that couples that describe themselves as “happy” have a greater capacity to argue fair and in an efficient manner.
- Talk with each other
- Discuss personal topics
- Avoid dwelling on topics of conflict
- Make more attempts to deescalate after an argument
- Paraphrase each other
- Are sensitive to each other’s feelings
- Keep communication channels open
- Use nonverbal communication
By developing your communication skills, you and your partner will be able to establish and preserve a loving, respectful relationship between two people who love each other.
Develop your communications skills with our relationship counselling sessions for couples.