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10 Steps to Help Couples Communicate Effectively

Communication can make or break a relationship. According to Suzanne Degges- White PH.D, "In a perfect world, we would all learn early that “give and take” communication can be much more productive than trying to unilaterally stake claims without taking others’ feedback into consideration". In order to communicate effectively with your partner, it is important to be able to have discussions with each other.

Here are 10 steps to help couples communicate Effectively:

  1. Make sure your body language shows you are paying attention
  2. Eye contact is important
  3. Begin with an I statement
  4. Use open ended questions 
  5. Be willing to listen

Click here to learn more about how to communicate effectively in a relationship.


Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.