Anger Management Counselling
Anger is one of the six fundamental and natural emotions. It signals us when we may be in danger and can keep us emotionally or physically safe. However when our anger is unjustified, or used to control others it can seriously affect our personal relationships. When this happens it is important to understand what causes your anger.
Some causes include fear, anxiety, jealousy, emotional pain and past trauma. Counselling for anger addresses the causes that underpin your anger, while managing physical responses by developing and practicing strategies for managing emotions as they arise.
- Little is known about the rates of inappropriate, intense, poorly controlled anger.
- One US National Survey of 34,000 adults found that 7.8% of adults displayed inappropriate anger
- Anger is especially common among men and younger adults
- Anger is associated with poorer social functioning
- parental factors and childhood abuse and neglect are highly related to anger
- There is a strong relationship between drug dependence and personality disorders
Practice on your own:
- Try this compassion exercise
- Make sure you are getting 30 minutes of exercise each day and including lots of activity into your daily life
- Spend more time in nature
- Engage with the arts (listen or play music, do art, write, dance)
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep
- Journaling and expressive writing
- Mindful breathing
- Body Scan Meditation
- Try this mindfulness meditation for beginners
How We Can Help
Our approach is based in cognitive behavioural and mindfulness therapies that can help you learn to manage anger and express yourself in more helpful ways. You will learn strategies for managing anger that include understanding the reasons behind your anger (unresolved trauma, dysfunctional thinking, mistaken beliefs etc.), the role and effects of judgement and criticism, assertive communication and conflict resolution skills and calming techniques (mindful breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, self-compassion practices).