By: Carey Robey, MS, LPC, NCC Oftentimes, our nonverbal communication is just as important as our verbal communication. Healthy communication is an essential part of a strong, supportive, and healthy relationship. Usually, when thinking about communication, we consider the actual words we use, whether spoken or written. Often, we forget just how much of our communication […]
By: Carey Robey, MS, LPC, NCC
Oftentimes, our nonverbal communication is just as important as our verbal communication. Healthy communication is an essential part of a strong, supportive, and healthy relationship. Usually, when thinking about communication, we consider the actual words we use, whether spoken or written. Often, we forget just how much of our communication is through means besides words- things like body language, facial expressions, tone, volume, gestures, and physical space. It is essential to consider these things as it often matters not what we say but how we say it.
Effective Nonverbal Communication Can Help Resolve Problems.
When I talk to clients about communicating with those close to them, many say they struggle feeling heard or understood; sometimes, they might feel like they cannot truly get their point across. Many clients come to me to talk about communication regarding conflict or expressing feelings. These are things that are important to do healthily as one needs to be able to reach resolutions and assert themselves in a manner that is both respecting their needs and the needs of the other. We want to be sure our communication- both verbal and nonverbal- is healthy and constructive.
What is Your Nonverbal Communication Saying to Others?
Be sure to consider how you may be coming across to the person you are speaking to; have open body language, a calm expression, and a welcoming tone. Suppose you are coming across as aggressive or dismissive in your nonverbal language. Even if the words you are saying are assertive, another person might put their guard up and pay more attention to your attitude rather than what you are trying to say. Things that can be an immediate turn-off are loud voices, condescending tones, harsh glares, eye-rolling, or turning your back to the person you are talking to. How you say things can have a tremendous impact on how those words are interpreted. The look we give others can convey a vast range of emotions so take note of how your gaze may be impacting the conversation.
How Can You Improve your Communication Style?
In therapy, you can work on learning even more specific techniques to cater to your communication style. You can have the opportunity to process conflicts and feelings with a therapist and even roleplay how to express yourself in a way that can be received and interpreted correctly. Healthy and constructive communication are achievable; try implementing some positive changes for lasting impact.
Begin Counseling at Our Center in Katy, TX!
If you are ready improve your communication skills, the therapists at The Counseling Center at Cinco Ranch can help! We provide therapy to people of all ages. To begin counseling in Katy, TX, follow these three steps:
- Contact our office to set up an appointment or to get more information about communication or other life skills.
- Meet with one of our attentive therapists.
- Find peace from your stress with counseling!
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Here at The Counseling Center at Cinco Ranch we offer treatment for depression and anxiety for adults, teens, and kids. We also provide counseling services in other areas, including trauma counseling, counseling for kids, counseling for young adults, teen counseling, couples counseling, eating disorder treatment, depression treatment, men’s issues, women’s issues, family therapy, and group counseling. Our therapists strive to regularly post blogs with helpful information on various mental health topics. To learn more about our therapists and counseling services, please reach out to the Counseling Center today!