I first learned of BetterHelp when I saw an advertisement online for it. I've attended in-person counseling twice in the past, but was dissatisfied with both experiences. BetterHelp caught my eye because I liked the idea of being able to write to a counselor instead of just talk to one. I have a hard time verbalizing, especially my emotions. It is much easier for me express myself with written word. I thought this would be far more beneficial to try versus seeking an in-person counselor again.
When I previously attended in-person counseling, there were a lot of times that I did not feel comfortable enough to verbalize what I wanted to say or how I was feeling to my counselor. When I finally did open-up, I felt as if the counselor would try to shift that topic of conversation to something else I may have brought up previously that was, to me, completely unrelated. It took a lot for me to open-up about some of these topics so to have them overlooked was frustrating.
Therefore, I decided to sign up for BetterHelp, and am so grateful I did! I have been working with my counselor, Alexandra, on BetterHelp for just over three months. She suggests different action-based plans. This helps me to feel as though I am doing something to truly work towards being at a better place with my situation. I am not solely relying on an internal change; which is exactly what I need. There are still internal changes that I need to work on and by doing these external action-based suggestions, it is making it easier for me. I have learned to be patient with myself and not let my anxieties get so out of control.
I did try two other counselors on BetterHelp before being matched with Alexandra. I did not mesh with either of them and decided to request a new counselor. I like the flexibility on BetterHelp of being able to "try again" so easily if a counselor does not end up working out for you. It is important that you find a counselor that you are comfortable with and like working with. It is a much more complex process with in-person counseling to try and find one that works best for you. This was the main reason that I did not continue in-person counseling.
Overall, I have discovered a lot about myself during my time with BetterHelp and I am still learning more. It is going to be a struggle for a long time to get where I need to be but it is no longer constant. I am continuously learning new ways to make productive and helpful changes in my everyday life.
I am also learning to be a better communicator. A lot of the issues I had in my relationship stemmed from this one issue. I was never expressing myself. Those unexpressed emotions would turn into anger and erupt, causing further issue in the relationship. I am learning to handle control (or feeling a lack of it), and I am learning how to cope thanks to Alexandra's support on BetterHelp.
Learn Effective Communication Skills Through BetterHelp
There are programs available to become a better communicator. Programs and videos to learn new communication skills can prove helpful. Another very beneficial, personalized option to help you learn to communicate effectively is therapy through BetterHelp. A licensed mental health professional can help you develop healthy ways of thinking, feeling, behaving, and communicating.
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How do you become a better communicator?
There are many ways to become a better communicator. Try to adapt some of the habits and practices of effective communicators. Great communicators tend to have one thing in common: they prioritize active listening. In a conversation, they don’t just speak; they also listen. They focus while the other person is speaking to really hear what they have to say. They listen with an open mind. When they speak in conversation, they do so thoughtfully. They voice their opinion respectfully. They use empathy and are mindful about how the listener or audience is feeling. Communicating with empathy can be an effective way to voice a message and be heard. They may also know when it’s best to sit with silence and leave room to take a pause.
Good communicators also tend to use positive, open body language. Instead of crossing their arms, they make take a relaxed stance, lean forward, and make eye contact so that their body language is warm and open. They may try to find common ground between the speaker and the listener to facilitate the conversation and build a strong rapport. Most people find that common ground can help them form a positive connection. Embracing characteristics of good communicators may help you find success when you communicate.
What are the 4 skills to be an effective communicator?
There are many skills to be an effective communicator. Four of them are actively listening when in conversation, talking respectfully, using open body language, and being confident. These tools can be used to enhance communication.
What are 3 qualities of a good communicator?
Suppose you’re in the presence of friends or company. What are three things you can quickly remember to be a good communicator? Three qualities of a good communicator include building a connection with the person you’re speaking to, talking and using body language in a respectful and engaging way, and paying attention to what the other person is saying and feeling while in conversation.
What are 6 characteristics of a good communicator?
Good communicators have many characteristics including the following:
What makes good communicators?
A person can communicate in many ways. Talking isn’t the only way to communicate. In conversation, we may use speech in order to communicate and get our own point across, but effective communication also includes listening, using positive body language, and more. Good communicators are active listeners and engaging, thoughtful speakers. They earn respect from others by respectfully listening and considering what others say. For instance, if a friend speaks to them about a new idea, they give them the opportunity to explain the idea and they genuinely try to understand its value. They spend time in conversation not thinking about what they want to say next but about what’s being said in the moment (by themselves or by anyone else in the conversation). They may use filler words, but these are not empty words. These are key words that show they’re listening and are interested—words that encourage the other person to communicate. For instance, an active listener who is engaged in a conversation with a friend might say, “I see” or “Oh really?” or “I hope to hear more about that.” When it’s their turn to talk in conversations, they speak clearly, respectfully, and in an engaging way. Using strong action verbs and descriptive words may help people be engaging, clear conversationalists when they speak. They may also use open body language so that the other person feels comfortable in the conversation and interaction.
What are the 7 types of effective communication?
What are 5 basic communication skills?
Five basic communication skills are listening actively, speaking clearly, addressing the topic or subject, not interrupting, and communicating with respect. With practice, people can develop these communication skills and learn effective ways to speak, listen, and use appropriate body language to share, deliver, and hear ideas. These communication skills can be helpful in relationships, in a career or professional business, and in other areas of life, such as when seeking medical care, meeting with people, conducting personal business, and more.
What are 10 good communication skills?
Good communication skills include:
What are the 10 barriers of communication?
There are many barriers to communication. Ten of them include:
What are the 3 types of communication skills?