Anger Management Therapy

Anger Management Therapy

Anger management explained

Anger management therapy helps with immediate measures to start effectively managing destructive outbursts of rage. Learn to break out of the endless cycle of anger and feel calmer and more at ease. Learn the causes of your anger. Only by understanding the source of your anger can you reduce the intensity with which you feel it. It then becomes much easier to control the accompanying behaviour. Ask yourself:

  • How do I allow others to enrage me?
  • How do I wind myself up?
  • How did I experience anger in my family?
  • What effect does my anger have on my loved ones?

Make new choices

Do your anger issues make you angrier still? Are you ashamed of your behaviour? Through Anger Management Therapy, learn simple alternatives to express yourself so that you strengthen relationships rather than damage them. Changing your behaviour changes how you feel about yourself and how you interact with those closest to you and the world in general. Learn to express your feelings and needs positively and start to transform the most important relationships in your life. Available for individuals, couples and groups.

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An anger management therapy case study

John was a successful businessman in his late thirties. He came for therapy sessions after a major outburst with a colleague at work. Apparently, this was the latest in a long line of incidents.

Over the course of the next several weeks, our psychotherapist worked with John on what it feels like to be angry. He provided him with educational materials about what happens biologically in the body when we become angry and how it affects blood pressure, heart rate and the “fight or flight” instinctual response. He also helped him to identify what his response was to those biological urges when he became angry.

The psychotherapist also assigned homework for John to complete between sessions. He asked him to keep a log of every time he became angry for a week. John was shocked to discover that he got angry almost every day and usually several times each day. Although he knew he had a problem, he had not thought it was all that bad. Now he had it facing him in black and white.

As the psychotherapist helped John become more self-aware, John began to change his reactions when he became angry. The psychotherapist taught him alternative behaviours that were more healthy for him and for the person he was angry at. He taught him how to be responsible for his own feelings by using “I” statements that identified his feelings to the person he was talking to. He also talked to him about the difference between being aggressive and being assertive.

At the end of eight weeks of therapy sessions, John was able to understand how to identify when he was getting angry and engage in alternative behaviours that were healthier for everyone involved.