Communication is more than words. Whether it’s a child or an adult, communication issues can develop in any relationship or circumstance. Misunderstandings can often lead to arguments, resulting in tension and conflicts in personal, romantic, professional, or platonic relationships.
Working with a psychotherapist can help resolve communication issues and get to the root cause of why they occur. Several different factors can contribute to these miscommunications, including a difference of opinion, cultural background, or personal experiences. Physical and mental health (such as autism spectrum disorders) can also come into play, as well as other situational stressor such as trauma, poor listening skills, and stereotypes.
Cognitive, behavioural, and emotional constraints can all have a major impact on the ability for clients to communicate:
A trained psychotherapist can help client examine their communication strategies and determine whether their approaches need to be altered in order to effectively convey thoughts, needs and goals. Some common treatment strategies might include:
In most of these cases, the psychotherapist will both share strategies that make communication flow easily, as well as engage the client in roleplaying. By practicing how to effectively communicate, clients will feel more confident in everyday interactions and be able to apply lessons and techniques into their relationships with others.
As one of Canada’s top 10 best psychotherapists, Melissa Cutler has spent the past 20 years gaining clinical and research experience across hospital, community, and public sector settings, including as a social worker. With advanced training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma counselling and chronic pain management, she helps clients learn how to communicate effectively in order to convey their emotions in a healthy way and improve their relationships.
Book online for a psychotherapy appointment at her office on Yonge and Lawrence near the subway.