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Assertiveness means expressing your point of view in a way that is clear and direct, while still respecting others. Communicating in an assertive manner can help you to minimise conflict, to control anger, to have your needs better met, and to have more positive relationships with friends, family and others. Being assertive is an important communication skill which can reduce your levels of depression and anxiety and improve your self-esteem.
How do I learn to be more assertive?
Your Psychologist will help you learn what assertiveness is, the differences between passive, aggressive and assertive communication, what stops you from being assertive. Your psychologist will support you to use a number of techniques designed to help you become more assertive, for example how to say ‘no’, deal with criticism and disappointment and how to give and receive compliments assertively.