Anger Management Counselling
We all get angry. It’s a normal, healthy response to any physical or psychological threat. Yet frequently feeling angry and frustrated is a sign that something in your life is out of balance. Anger management counselling can help you take control of your anger, and live a fulfilling, balanced life. Recent studies have shown that 76% of clients report a medium to long-term improvement after a brief course of anger management counselling. Instead of reacting aggressively to situations, you will learn how to safely release your anger. Rather than hurting or alienating your partner, family or friends, you will develop ways to process anger safely, and express yourself more effectively.
A TYPICAL ANGER MANAGEMENT COUNSELLING SESSION WOULD LOOK LIKE:
Your initial session with SafeSpace is often used to establish a clear understanding of your personal situation and formulate an individualised treatment plan. Together, you and your counsellor will:
- Identify your habitual anger ‘triggers’ – these may involve certain people, situations, or feelings
- Determine how your thought patterns affect your behaviour, and show you how adopting new patterns can work to your advantage
- Identify new ways to manage stressors in your life, including lifestyle adjustments
- Work towards improving your relationship with yourself and others
I would use evidence-based interventions such as solutions-focused therapy and stress reduction techniques to help our clients address anger management concerns. By far, the most effective evidence-based treatment for anger management is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Research shows that CBT is an incredibly useful anger management tool. In a recent analysis of multiple CBT trials, 76% of clients reported a medium to long-term improvement in anger management capabilities compared to control groups. These results show there is real hope for those struggling with anger management. I can help you reduce your anger levels and regain control of your emotions and behaviour.
Anger management is not about denying or repressing your anger. Expressing anger appropriately can be useful: it can keep us safe, address injustice, improve our relationships and motivate healthy change. Unchecked expressions of anger – from heated arguments to full-blown rage – clouds our judgment and ability to think clearly. Anger management counselling works because it taps into the core issues that underpin inappropriate anger, helping you to identify why you are feeling angry.
Anger is often a mask for deeply vulnerable feelings such as hurt, fear, shame and grief. Identifying underlying concerns, recognising your anger triggers, and consciously choosing how you react are the keys to successful anger management. Research shows that of all the human emotions – including sadness, fear, and anxiety – anger is the most difficult emotion to control. With the mounting pressures of daily life, we all need easy and safe ways to effectively discharge feelings of anger.
If you frequently find yourself feeling angry, some areas in your life may be in need of attention. Suppressing those angry feelings or acting out aggressively in anger – verbally or physically – is not the solution to life’s difficulties. It is important to acknowledge that anger stems from our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours rather than other people’s behaviour. Anger management counselling aims to draw your attention to your own personal traits and triggers; this awareness will help you to take back control and behave in ways that are consistent with your values.
If you or someone you know is struggling with anger, SafeSpace anger management counselling will give you the tools you need to:
- Reduce your anger and stress levels
- Communicate effectively
- Consistently behave in ways that get your needs met – without hurting other people in the process
- By encouraging you to develop practical strategies to recognise your emotional triggers and modify your behavioural responses.
I can help you maintain a healthy balance between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. With the help of anger management counselling you would be able to identify, create and maintain positive change in your life. Anger Management clients range from children and adolescents to adults, all struggling to cope with anger in their own unique ways.