Anger is a natural emotion but if it becomes uncontrollable or dysfunctional it can start to impact your life in negative ways. Equinox Therapeutic has several psychologists available that specialize in anger management therapy to help you overcome those issues.
What Is Anger Management?
Anger management is the process of learning to understand and recognize your anger along with the steps to help you calm down and control it more effectively. The goal isn’t to entirely eliminate your anger but to help you express it in a more healthy and appropriate way.
A variety of issues may cause someone to have difficulty in controlling their anger and other emotions. For example, individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may have difficulty in regulating their emotions (including anger) and anger management is often a common component of PTSD therapy (PTSD Association, 2014). Anger can be caused by internal or external events and is a natural response to threats (APA, 2014). Anger is a survival instinct so a certain level of anger is necessary, but when anger is excessive, it no longer becomes productive in our everyday lives.
Anger management treatment may include relaxation exercises such as progressive muscle relaxation or relaxing imagery. Individuals in anger management practice relaxation techniques and then apply their relaxation techniques in ever increasing anger-inducing situations. Over time, the individual may be better able to control their temper and reactions to anger-inducing situations because they can relax more when agitated. Increasing knowledge about anger and specific triggers is also a common focus of anger management therapy.
What Are The Symptoms Of Anger Issues
Not every individual experiences their anger in the same way. Some common signs that you might benefit from help controlling your anger issues include:
- Frequently feeling that you need to hold back your anger
- Excessive negative thinking or focusing on negative experiences
- Avoid situations due to fear of anger outburts
- Violent or reckless behaviour
- Persistent feelings of irritation and impatience
Treatment For Anger
Overcoming your anger issues is a process, but we can help you achieve it with a variety of therapeutic methods, including behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and relaxation skill building, and even trauma therapy techniques. Some of the goals of your anger management therapy might include:
- Help you uncover the situations that are likely to trigger your anger
- Effectively manage those factors to make anger scenarios less frequent
- Teach you the skills and steps to help calm down when you’re feeling angry
- Identify when you’re not thinking rationally and learn how to reframe your thinking
- Communicate more effectively to manager anger and reduce conflict
If you have questions about anger management therapy or if you’d like to set up a consultation, you can use the contact form on the side or visit or contact page.