Anger management is the effort to identify triggers that generate sudden, escalating anger in order to find strategies to bypass the direct expression of the anger. The ultimate goal is to help people, after inhibiting the immediate feelings, find ways to express their frustration calmly and reasonably. A major goal of anger management is to help individuals control the intensity of their anger to handle their relationships effectively and to avoid problems associated with unrestrained rage.
How Can Counseling Help?
The key feature of anger management is to help people clearly identify the situations that trigger their anger and to become intimately aware of their bodily and emotional reactions in response to frustrating or threatening circumstances. Whereas prior to counseling the person would feel the angry impulse and react immediately, after successful counseling, he or she is able to stop and consider the alternatives. A frequent first step is the effort to associate angry emotions with the behavior of stopping to think. This takes practice because the well-practiced and innate reaction of feeling angry and then reacting aggressively or violently has become automatic. Counseling thus trains the person to associate a new reaction to the old feelings. During the course of anger management counseling, a variety of techniques are utilized. These include meditation, practice in self-awareness, frustration management, anger diaries, and relaxation techniques.
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Our Anger Management Group will help you to understand and control your anger. If you have found yourself dealing with the frequent discomfort of angry feelings, as well as its destructive impact on your relationships, you will benefit from our Anger Management Group. We will look at anger as a natural reaction to frustration, as well as its relationship to hurt feelings, rejection, guilt and feelings of failure and shame. Anger, additionally, is often associated with jealousy, financial pressure and the general lack of fulfillment and satisfaction in one’s life.
We need to control our anger before it triggers a destructive cycle that can result in shattered relationships, problems at work and addictive behaviors. Dealing with anger is often the starting point of dealing with our lives.
We will explore angry feelings as an omnipresent reaction to the many difficult situations and circumstances that we all face. We will, most importantly, focus on how we can control and express these feelings in a manner that enhances rather than destroys our relationships and that allows us to navigate our lives with increased calmness, direction and success.
Join us and begin the journey of understanding and taming your anger. We will support and encourage you as we watch group members improve their mood, their relationships and their peace of mind.
If you struggle with controlling your anger, contact us today to learn how you can benefit from our Anger Management group.