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Discover how starting communication skills therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Starting Communication skills therapy

What is Communication skills therapy?

Communication skills therapy with our Thriveworks therapists in Bethlehem simply helps you improve your verbal and nonverbal communication abilities. These skills can prove important to developing and maintaining healthy relationships, achieving both personal and professional goals, and more

How does Communication skills therapy work?

Communication skills therapy will first teach you some tools and tricks to use in your conversations, and second, give you a nonjudgmental space to practice. Our Thriveworks counselors will always put your needs and goals first. We are teachers and companions, but any counseling session is always about you. The open atmosphere allows for questions, mistakes, and learning.

Is Communication skills therapy conducted in person or online?

Communication skills therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Communication skills therapy last?

Communication skills therapy with a provider at Thriveworks in Bethlehem, PAccan last for a few weeks, months, or longer. It depends on the exact needs of the client as well as their current communication challenges and other needs or preferences.

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Counseling for Improved Communication Skills in Bethlehem, PA—Counselors and Therapists at Thriveworks (Lehigh Valley)

Some of us are really great at holding conversations. Others… not so much. But there’s nothing wrong with that! Because the truth is that each and every one of us can work to improve our communication skills in one way or another. And we can all benefit from doing so, as effective communication is the backbone of healthy relationships, of which play a huge part in our wellbeing and our happiness.

So, how do you improve your communication skills? Well, you could read a book on communicating well. You could practice with a friend. Or, you could get some professional and valuable guidance from a counselor at Thriveworks Bethlehem. Our providers are experts on communicating well and they would be thrilled to help you become an expert too.

What Are Communication Skills? Do Mine Need Some Work?

Effective communication skills enable an individual to communicate effectively! Pretty straightforward, right? To delve a little deeper, effective communication skills allow us to speak, listen, read, and write well. They also play a big role in our social and professional lives, as they can make or break our relationships as well as our business ventures. Here are a few basic communication skills that prove crucial to our everyday:

  • Listening: Communicating is about more than just talking. In fact, a big part of communicating successfully is listening, as nobody wants to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t care about what they have to say!
  • Nonverbals: Another big part of successful communication is nonverbal communication. I’m talking body language, eye contact, hand gestures, etc., as these add value to (or take value away from) a conversation.
  • Clarity and concision: Does the person you’re talking to really understand what you’re saying? It’s important you’re communicating clearly—but also try not to overdo it, as rambling can be just as harmful as saying too little.

These are just a few examples of effective communication skills, which belong to a lengthy list. If you’re thinking you could improve these or other communication techniques, a counselor at Thriveworks Bethlehem is here to help.

Why Are Effective Communication Skills Important?

No relationship is a great relationship if you can’t have respectful, meaningful conversations. Which means if you’re offending, disrespecting, or failing to listen to another individual, your relationship could probably use some work. I know what you’re thinking: “Why would I offend a friend?” or “I would never disrespect someone.” But that’s just it. Often, we don’t mean to offend or disrespect in conversing with another—we do it unintentionally and without even realizing it. And we can thank our poor communication skills for that! Here are a few tips and tricks for communicating more effectively with your loved ones:

1) Practice empathy.Instead of spending the whole conversation thinking about how you feel or what you’re going to say next, concentrate on what the other individual is feeling and saying. Even if you’re in disagreement, you shouldn’t tune out or interrupt them—listen closely and see if you can’t understand where they’re coming from.

2) Use universal statements.
Avoid the word “you” when and where possible. Phrases that begin with “you” often offend the other individual. You should opt for more universal statements, such as those that begin with “I”. These statements force you to focus on how you feel, rather than what the other person may (or may not) be doing wrong.

3) Do your best to stay unbiased.
It’s helpful to position yourself as a mediator, so you can really take in the full spectrum of the conversation you’re partaking in. If you go into the conversation with a stubborn opinion, you’re likely to ignore or miss something important or substantial.

Schedule a Counseling Session at Thriveworks Bethlehem Today

A counselor at Thriveworks Bethlehem can help you understand where you might be lacking in your communication skills. They’ll also work with you to develop and improve them. If you’re ready to take this proactive step in living a better life, schedule a counseling session today. All you have to do is give us a call at 484-241-2848 to set up your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Bethlehem therapists and counselors accept 42 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage

  • AmeriHealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Bethlehem
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Learn about verified reviews
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So far I have had good experiences with the clinicians and the management.
Susan Feb 2024
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My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Read more My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Susan Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Read more Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Bethlehem Oct 2021
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★★★★★
Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Read more Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Bethlehem Feb 2020
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★★★★★
I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Read more I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Bethlehem Jul 2019
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★★★★★
Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Read more Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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★★★★★
I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Read more I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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★★★★★
Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Read more Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethlehem is located off of Linden St, just north of Bethlehem Memorial Park. We currently share a building with Our Serenity Therapeutic Massage, and our office is neighbored by Purevon. The closest bus stop is Easton at Jennings, and parking is available in our parking lot at the front of the building. If you have trouble finding our office, please reach out to us! We'll be happy to provide specific instructions.

Phone number

(484) 246-8486

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
  • Mandarin
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