Episode #10: Communication Tips for Everyone (Bachelor Contestants AND in Conversations re: Racism & Social Justice)-- with Krysteena Stephens, LAMFT, LPC
In this episode, I am joined by a couples therapist, Krysteena Stephens, LAMFT, LPC. We discuss communication and give examples from Listen to Your Heart and from the most recent season of The Bachelor (with Peter Weber). Krysteena shares some "rules" of communication that she works on with basically every couple she works with:
1. One person talks at a time
2. Repeat what the other person says back to you, to ensure understanding
3. Do not punish the truth
4. Self sooth during conflict
5. Sometimes going to bed angry is okay
6. Aim for a positive feedback to negative feedback ratio of 4:1
The book Krysteena mentioned: NON VIOLENT COMMUNICATION by ROSENBERG. You can get in touch with Krysteena at Treecitywellnessid.com or on Instagram @krysteenamft.
We also touch on the civil unrest that is going on in our country today and how these same communication rules could be applied to our current situation. I truly hope this can be helpful; I know I will be trying out some of these things personally.
You can get in touch with me at draprilwatts.com or on Instagram @draprilwatts. Thank you, as always, for listening. Though we have fun on this podcast... this is important stuff.
What do you think? How can you apply these communication tips to your own life?
In this introductory episode, I cover: who I am (Dr. April Watts, Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho); my "history" with the Bachelor shows (I've been watching for a while...); my idea to combine Bachelor talk with mental health and counseling stuff; episode ideas including talking about villains, mental health issues, and other relevant topics mentioned on the Bachelor shows!
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