Anger Management Topics

information about managing anger

People with anger management issues can usually pinpoint certain situations in which their angry emotions are most likely to surface.

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An Introduction to Anger Management

“Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured” Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Philosopher, b. 5BC, d. 65AD

Anger is a natural and commonplace emotion. It’s how your anger affects you, and how your angry behaviour affects others, which really matters.

Some people with anger management issues are quick to anger and often display aggressive behaviour towards family, friends or strangers. Sometimes this anger explodes into physical violence, although it is more commonly expressed with high levels of frustration, verbal abuse and yelling. This type of aggressive behaviour will likely make living or working with you extremely exhausting and difficult, and will often lead to a breakdown in your relationships.

Other people with anger management issues tend to suppress their anger, such that it sits there inside, bubbling away. These people are unlikely to be aggressive towards others, although there is the potential for such closely held anger to explode into the external world. More usually however, people with suppressed anger will feel highly stressed, constantly agitated and often dissatisfied within themselves.

Either way, intense feelings of anger and/or inappropriate expressions of your angry emotions is likely to leave you feeling unfulfilled, unhappy and often alone. In particular, your relationships (both personal and at work) will rarely survive your anger.

Anger Management Counselling with an experienced psychologist or counsellor can help you lessen the impact of your angry reactions, both internally and externally. Counselling can help you understand why you get angry, and teach you techniques and tips to control your anger and improve your communication with others.

Imagine a life with less tension, fewer arguments, and greater empathy. Anger management counselling can help you live a calmer existence.

How does anger management counselling work?

Counselling sessions are individually tailored to meet your particular needs and respond to your goals. The first session is normally an information gathering sessions, where you might describe and discuss the nature of your anger, how it is affecting you and your relationships, and the impetus that brought you to counselling. At this time your aims or goals of counselling can be discussed and agreed upon.

All our practitioners are qualified, experienced, professionally registered and adhere to the code of ethics and conduct prescribed by their respective professional associations.

Anger management counsellors will typically aim to address the following sorts of issues during your sessions:

  • Your counsellor will help you understand what your anger looks like and identify the common stimuli for your anger;
  • Your counsellor might help you discover the underlying causes of your angry reactions;
  • Your counsellor will teach you techniques to keep your anger under control;
  • Your counsellor will help you separate your emotions from your actions
  • Your counsellor will provide you with ways to calm yourself internally
  • Your counsellor will help you express yourself more effectively.

The methods typically used by a counsellor or psychologist during an anger management counselling session include:

  • discussion
  • role-playing
  • meditation
  • socio-education and the provision of reading materials, and
  • the setting of homework to practice what you have discovered or learned and to monitor changes in your behaviour.

Remember, a counselling session is entirely client-driven, which means that the counsellor has no set agenda and will instead respond to your needs, interests and aims. You can help direct the process by talking about your issues, goals and expectations, and by working with the counsellor to work out how best he or she can help you.

Call us if you would like to discuss how anger management counselling can help you restore your most important relationships.