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Communication Skills in Marriage Counselling

Communication Skills

In marriage counselling, communication skills are essential for encouraging understanding and resolving conflicts. Communication skills developed in marriage counselling aim to strengthen marital relationships.

Common Challenges

Many couples face barriers that lead to misunderstandings and conflicts, including: Communication Issues, Resistance to Change, Blame and Defensiveness, Infidelity and Trust Issues, Different Goals and Expectations, Emotional Distance and Disconnection, Past Trauma and Unresolved Issues, Lack of Commitment and External Stressors.

Building Bridges

Key aspects of communication skills in marriage counselling include, active listening, expressing emotions productively, and encouraging an open dialogue. Building bridges emphasises the benefits of these skills in creating a harmonious relationship and how they can be conveniently incorporated into daily interactions between married couples.

Understanding Communication Skills

Effective communication involves more than just talking; it includes listening actively, understanding non-verbal cues, and expressing thoughts and feelings clearly.

Benefits for Couples

Enhanced communication can lead to greater empathy, reduced conflicts, and a deeper connection between partners. These skills help in understanding each other’s perspectives and addressing issues together.

In Practice

Marriage counselling sessions often focus on teaching and practicing skills. Practices such as reflective listening, ‘I’ statements, and non-verbal communication are commonly used to improve interactions between partners.


What are the key communication skills in marriage counselling?
Key skills include active listening, clear expression of thoughts and emotions, and understanding non-verbal cues.
How can communication skills improve a marriage?
They can reduce misunderstandings, enhance empathy, and create a stronger emotional connection between partners.
What practices are used in marriage counselling to enhance communication?
Practices include reflective listening, using ‘I’ statements, and focusing on non-verbal communication.


  1. National Center for Biotechnology Information – Effective Communication Skills
  2. American Psychological Association – Communication Tips for Marriage
  3. Psychology Today – Improve Your Marriage Communication
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision