Practice Building: 6 Keys to Effective Communication

Practice Building: 6 Keys to Effective CommunicationIn her quest as a counselor to improve her own communication skills with her clients, Arlene Alpert “learned the vital components of an outstanding communication model,” which she discusses in her article “6 Keys to Effective Communication, How to Empower Your Sessions with Listening and Speaking Techniques.” Door-openers, paraphrasing, parroting, silence, I-statements and shifting gears are the six keys Alpert describes to effectively “create a safe space for both you and your client.” Alpert offers examples of ways these powerful yet simple techniques can be applied in everyday situations to enhance the client/therapist relationship. She points out that “direct communication is both an art and a science” and with constant practice the therapist can become more empathetic to the needs of the client.