Texas Counseling Offers Better Communication Strategies

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Texas Counseling has tips for better communication during the winter months and the rest of the year.

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The cold winter weather, people are spending more time together indoors. The close quarters can cause tension in relationships, due to routine chores, cabin fever and TV. Better communication can help reduce frustration and increase harmony in the home.

Texas Counseling has tips to help people communicate more effectively this winter season. Most of the tips target the particular ways people talk to each other. A few changes can reduce tension and allow for better communication.

The first tip is to use “I” statements rather than using “you,” when starting a sentence. The word “You” tends to feel accusatory. Beginning a sentence with “I think” or “I feel” will be more welcomed than “you did” or “you didn’t.” Another suggestion is to avoid using the words “always” and “never.” These time statements are rarely accurate.

Texas Counseling suggests limiting discussion times to an hour, and discussing sensitive issues only on two to three designated days per week. Sensitive issues will be discussed in a more calm manner, if they are discussed at a coffee shop or during a dinner out.

Take turns in listening and reflect on what is heard. This will give both parties a chance to correct each other. If discussion becomes heated, it is best to stop the discussion for 15-20 minutes in order to cool down. Texas Counseling suggests to agree to disagree.

When arguments are heated, and fighting becomes a way of life, Texas Counseling recommends seeking help from a mental health professional, who can guide and help in additional ways of communication. Adding a spark to a relationship and learning to have discussions instead of arguments is within reach.

For information about Texas Counseling’s services and workshops, visit http://www.therapistcounselortexas-counseling.com or call 469-499-4597.

About Texas Counseling:

Galit Ribakoff M.S., LPC-S, NCC specializes in helping individuals and couples achieve life changes by using creative ways to resolve issues in a non-judgmental and safe environment. She works with clients to reach their desired changes, improvements, and self growth, attaining their therapy goals. Ribakoff's emphasis includes individual and couples counseling, sex therapy and group therapy. She offers help with building and maintaining healthy relationships, sexuality, sex and intimacy issues, increasing self confidence, dealing with stress, depression or anxiety, grief and loss, and parenting skills. She has evening appointments available and offers reasonable rates. Visit the Texas Counseling website for more information.

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