"It is hard to create the proper space for a meaningful conversation."
Only the first six parts are difficult.
There are six key steps to having a meaningful conversation:
1. Identifying the real subject of the conversation for both of you 2. Agreeing on the history 3. Agreeing on what the facts of the situation are 4. Interpreting the history of why and how of the facts 5. Identifying your emotional reaction 6. Determining a course of action
Step zero is to have the courage to have the conversation in the first place.