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Tips for Couples
Based on EFT

Communication is Key To Lasting Love

Communication is the key to any successful relationship. However, it can be challenging for couples to communicate effectively, especially during difficult times. Instead, couples might find themselves playing the “blame game” or blowing up about relatively small problems or even shutting each other out. If you’ve been struggling in your relationship with some of these issues, don’t worry. There is help. 

In her book Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson emphasizes the importance of communication in relationships and provides couples with practical tips on how to communicate based on EFT principles. In this blog post, we will explore the power of communication and discuss some of the communication tips that can help couples strengthen their bond and deepen their connection.


Couples Communication Tip #1: Build a Strong Foundation:

The first step in effective communication is building a strong foundation. This means creating a safe and supportive environment where both partners can express themselves freely without fear of judgment or rejection. One way to create this foundation is by practicing active listening. This involves giving your partner your undivided attention when they speak and making an effort to understand their point of view. Active listening also means acknowledging your partner’s feelings and validating their experience. By building a strong foundation based on empathy and understanding, couples can lay the groundwork for effective communication.

Couples Communication Tip #2: Speak Your Truth:

Another important aspect of effective communication is speaking your truth. This means being honest and expressing your needs and desires to your partner. However, it’s important to communicate in a way that’s not accusatory or defensive. Instead, use “I” statements that focus on your own experience rather than blaming your partner. For example, saying “I feel hurt when you don’t text me back” is more effective than saying “you never text me back.” Speaking your truth can help you connect with your partner on a deeper level and build a stronger emotional bond.


Couples Communication Tip #3: Focus on Emotions:

EFT principles emphasize the importance of emotional connection in relationships. This means focusing on emotions rather than just the content of a conversation. When couples communicate, they should aim to share their feelings and connect on an emotional level. This involves being vulnerable and open with your partner, sharing your hopes, fears, and dreams. Focusing on emotions can help couples build a deeper understanding of each other and create a strong emotional bond.


Couples Communication Tip #4: Practice Repair:

Even with the best communication skills, misunderstandings and conflicts will still arise in relationships. We’re human and conflicts are a part of life. That’s why it’s important for couples to practice repair. This means making an effort to resolve conflicts and repair any damage done to the relationship. One way to do this is by recognizing when you’ve hurt your partner and taking responsibility for your actions. Apologizing and making amends can help strengthen trust in the relationship and limit or help resolve quickly future conflicts.

Couples Communication Tip #5: Seek Support:

Finally, it’s important for couples to seek support when needed. It’s okay to ask for help when communication becomes challenging. This could mean seeking the guidance of a therapist or attending a couples’ workshop. Seeking support is a sign of strength and commitment to your relationship. With the right tools and support, couples can communicate effectively and build a strong emotional connection that lasts a lifetime.


Effective communication is the foundation of any successful relationship. By following these tips based on EFT principles as outlined in Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson, couples can deepen their connection and strengthen their bond. Remember to build a strong foundation, speak your truth, focus on emotions, practice repair, and seek support when needed. With these tools, couples can communicate effectively and create a lasting and fulfilling relationship. 

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Our team of caring therapists would be honored to support you in learning the skills to help you better communicate as a couple and learn how to truly connect. To start therapy with Hope For the Journey, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Contact Hope for the Journey
  2. Meet with a caring therapist
  3. Receive the support to learn greater communication skills to form a stronger relationship.

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