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Active Listening in Marriage Counselling

Active Listening

Active listening is an important part of marriage counselling. It involves more than just hearing words; it’s about fully understanding and engaging with your partner’s feelings and thoughts. This practice can significantly enhance communication and strengthen relationships.

Common Challenges

  1. Miscommunication and misunderstandings between partners.
  2. Emotional disconnection or feeling unheard.
  3. Escalating conflicts due to poor communication.

Understanding Active Listening

Active listening in marriage counselling is a process where partners learn to attentively listen and respond to each other. This skill helps in creating a supportive environment where both individuals feel valued and understood. Active listening involves being fully present in the conversation, paying attention to non-verbal cues, and providing feedback that shows understanding. It’s about listening with intent and without judgment.

How Active Listening Helps

Active listening builds trust and emotional intimacy, which are important for a healthy marriage. It enables partners to express themselves freely, knowing they are being heard and valued.

Key Features and Benefits:

  1. Enhanced Communication: Encourages open and honest dialogue.
  2. Emotional Connection: Promotes empathy and understanding.
  3. Conflict Resolution: Helps in de-escalating tensions and resolving disputes amicably.

How Active Listening in Marriage Counselling Works

During marriage counselling, an experienced therapist will guide couples through exercises and skills to practice active listening. This includes paraphrasing, reflecting feelings, and asking open-ended questions to ensure clarity and understanding.


What is active listening in marriage counselling?
Active listening is a communication practice used in marriage counselling where partners listen to each other with the intent to fully understand and engage with their feelings and thoughts.
How does active listening improve communication?
Active listening improves communication by ensuring both partners feel heard and understood, reducing misunderstandings and encouraging a more open dialogue.
Can active listening help resolve conflicts?
Yes, active listening can help resolve conflicts by de-escalating tensions and promoting mutual understanding and empathy.


  1. Psychology Today – Active Listening
  2. Verywell Mind – What Is Active Listening?
  3. Marriage.com – Active Listening in Marriage
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision