Communication is made up of both verbal and non-verbal components – both what a person says and also how they say it (or even what is left out). Attention to the words people say is important but there is also tremendous opportunity to improve what is communicated by examining the non-verbal aspects of what is said. In general, relationships can be strengthened by enhancing communication skills.
Communication is a critical part of all relationships and issues can occur in family, work, or social contexts. Miscommunication can lead to tension, misunderstandings, and conflicts. Within intimate relationships, workplaces, friendships, or families, miscommunication can cause diminished relationship satisfaction, a sense of disconnection, or a feeling that one is misunderstood.
Exploring communication habits and patterns is a typical part of most therapy. For example, couples often identify communication problems as a source of friction in their relationships and seek support to create imporovements. People experiencing workplace conflicts and stress might create positive change by adjusting the way they communicate. Family relationships are complicated and patterns can be difficult to change without experienced help. Finally, people who are dissatisfied with their social relationships can learn from reflecting on their manner of interacting in different settings or with various people.
A therapist who is well-versed in communication skills can help address all of these areas and assist in improving relationships.