- Do you feel angry a lot of the time?
- Are people close to you worried about your anger?
- Do you feel ashamed about your anger?
- Is anger leading to problems with personal relationships and / or work?
- Are you hurting those that you love?
- Is your anger sometimes turning violent?
I provide individual anger management counselling sessions (no groups). Most people take 3-8 (average 5) sessions to learn how to manage their anger. However, some people require more long term counselling for anger management, especially if there is a history of trauma, abuse or neglect.
Anger Management involves:
- Understanding why you get angry (there might be more to it than you think)
- Identifying triggers of anger
- Identifying the benefits and cost of anger
- Taking responsibility for one’s own feelings
- Changing situations you can change, accepting what you can’t change
- Noticing the warning signs of anger
Learning strategies for managing anger:
- Control your thinking
- Take time out
- Use distraction
- Use mindfulness to bear frustration
- Rehearse anger management situations
In the process of anger management I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to identify and manage unhelpful emotions and to learn to live by ones values rather than be driven by destructive emotions. Sometimes couples do Anger Management together: either because both partners have difficulties managing their anger, or for the non-angry partner to support the angry partner. Sometimes I talk about gender roles with clients, as challenging one’s beliefs about gender role can be a trigger for anger.
If you think anger management is for you call (08) 8271 1827 to make an appointment.
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