We offer a weekly anger management group for clients struggling with anger issues. Clients learn about anger, how it can be productive or counterproductive, how it can be misused as a coping skill and how sometimes emotions are mislabeled as anger. Clients will learn how to manage anger and cope with difficult situations and emotions in healthy ways.
Normally, anger is a healthy human emotion. But when it escalates, it can be very destructive. This may lead to work and personal relationship problems, dangerous encounters with strangers and negative impacts on one’s quality of life. Anger management dates back to ancient times, but first appeared in modern psychotherapy in the 1970s.
Anger management provides a controlled, safe environment for the release of emotions. It aims to replace negative, destructive responses with positive, constructive ones. The goals of anger management are to reduce negative emotions and the physiological arousal associated with anger, helping the client find healthier ways to react. During weekly group sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation and self-awareness techniques are used to help clients control anger and learn new behaviors.
How Anger Management Helps
Anger management teaches clients to control their reactions, recognize signs of anger and devise ways to cope with triggers more positively. This includes remaining calm when anger surges, expressing feelings and needs positively without being aggressive in frustrating situations, and redirecting energy into problem-solving. Anger triggers are addressed, but the therapist also helps the client determine if anger is a defense mechanism in response to underlying issues (e.g. depression, anxiety or addiction).
Benefits of Anger Management
Anger management helps individuals learn why they react or overreact to specific triggers. When clients continue therapy and practice strategies at home and work, they learn how to control their anger by putting triggers into perspective, viewing them as an inevitable part of life. Benefits include:
- Stress reduction
- Reduced risk of anger-related illness
- Increased empathy
- Improved judgment and impulse control
- Ability to forgive
- More realistic expectations
- Effective, assertive communication skills
- Improved work and personal relationships