Counselling For Anger Management
Updated: Sep 18, 2019
Feeling angry is a natural response to certain life experiences. It’s a basic emotion; occurring at times when we come under attack, feel deceived, insulted or frustrated. When anger is excessive, it can become a problem - a destructive one. It can significantly impact quality of life - affecting your relationships with family, friends and those around you, at home, in school or the workplace. However, there are ways to control your anger more effectively and lessen the impact it’s having on your daily life.
Often, anger problems are due to poor management of our emotions. Anger, like all emotions, involves physiological and chemical changes in the body.
The info graphic shows that anger is like the 'visible tip of the iceberg', but under the surface are many factors that contribute to the trigger point to anger. Talking to a professional can help - you can learn how to cope with your anger, but also how to rebuild any damaged relationships. By working with a Counsellor you should begin to start recognising and accepting anger problems, and start to understand how to use the emotion in a safe and healthy way.
Understand frustrations and trigger points
During anger management therapy, you’ll learn how to pinpoint your frustrations early on, so they can be resolved in a way that allows you to express your needs, while remaining calm and in control. Essentially, anger management can help you reach your goals, solve problems and rebuild any damage that may have occurred as a result of your anger.
The main aims of anger management therapy include:
- Identifying why you get angry.
- Changing the way you respond to anger.
- Learning skills to handle anger effectively.
- Teaching you how to use anger to motivate or solve problems.
- Teaching you how to communicate effectively.
Anger management therapy aims to reduce the feelings anger creates by allowing individuals to explore possible causes, triggers and confront any underlying issues. Available in the form of group or one-to-one sessions, anger management therapy works to address specific types of anger issues, for example, relationships, work-related or adolescent anger, using methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.