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Anger management Counselling

Anger is an emotion that we all experience from time to time its normal. Some of us experience it more frequently, more easily, and/or more intensely than others, but we all experience it. The intensity and the frequency with which we experience anger can help us to determine when and if we need help, if you have come this far, then read on.

Anger Management counselling can help sufferers to understand where the anger comes from and how to safely and appropriately channel so that they can live happier and healthier lives, and so that the anger doesn’t consume them and become all powerful.

If unresolved, significant anger issues can escalate to the point of explosive behaviours (e.g. breaking objects, screaming, violently attacking objects and people, self harm).

Common Symptoms of Excessive undealt with Anger

Firstly, there is nothing wrong with anger. Feeling angry is a normal emotional response to difficult events. Sometimes anger is necessary in order to cope with events. Anger can provoke physical responses such as increased blood pressure, adrenaline, fast breathing, and increased heart rate. These responses are what help us know when to fight or flight in a given situation. That said, when anger regularly escalates to the point of an explosive outburst, it can be harmful the individual and those around them.

The first step to solving any problem is to identify it. If you, or anyone you know, exhibits any of the following signs of an anger issue, it might be time to seek professional help.

  • Recklessly ignoring rules and laws
  • Getting into legal trouble
  • Out-of-control behaviour (e.g. reckless driving, breaking things)
  • Physical violence (e.g. door slamming, loud shouting, hitting)
  • Threatening to destroy property or hurt people
  • Frequently arguing with coworkers, your spouse, or your children
  • Feeling like you always need to hold your anger in.

Support/Treatment Options for Anger Issues

When coping with anger issues it is important that you find a source of support for dealing with the source of your anger. Some people with anger issues find it helpful to reach out to family, friends or members of their church to talk about their feelings and/or strategise coping strategies for dealing with their anger.

Others find it helpful to join a support group where other people coping with anger issues can share their struggles and strategies that have helped them. Some people who struggle with anger issues find it helpful to identify a constructive outlet like physical activity or something creative like (e.g. art, music) to channel their anger into. All of these strategies can be utilised in conjunction with or instead of seeking the help of a counsellor or psychotherapist. With the support of a counsellor or therapist you can find balance with your emotions.

How can Counselling Help?

Anger Management Counselling or psychotherapy can provide the sufferer with a safe and confidential place where they can talk free of judgement. An anger management cousellor will help you:

  • Become aware of your anger – identify it’s triggers and learn coping strategies to help manage it.
  • Effectively communicate your thoughts and feelings – often times, if you can communicate well with others you are less likely to become upset or frustrated; thereby decreasing incidents of anger
  • Learn relaxation strategies
  • Work towards solving the problems that cause you to become angry