Dr. Paul Standal helps couples resolve conflicts in their relationships, helping them learn skills in conflict resolution and negotiation.
Learning effective communication is the number one goal for 90% of couples inquiring about couples counseling. He begins by evaluating your communication skills. He is often amazed by how complex it is for couples to communicate with each other effectively, given the biological and genetic differences between them. It takes several years of training to become an expert hair stylist, but, somehow, we assume we are experts at learning effective communication by assimilating the often-ineffective communication styles of our friends and especially our families of origin.
Communication has both rational and emotional components. We need both to communicate effectively. Unfortunately, emotions often act to block our ability to communicate clearly. Dr. Standal assists and teaches couples in dealing with their feelings as well as giving and receiving empathic feedback.