Anger Management

Anger is a natural human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. It is an emotional response to a perceived threat or frustration that can be triggered by a variety of situations, including stress, conflict, and difficult life circumstances. While some level of anger is healthy, persistent and uncontrolled anger can have negative consequences on an individual's personal and professional life.

Anger management is an essential tool for all ages to learn as it is an universal emotion. Anger that is expressed in indirect, passive, or aggressive ways can cause problems in many aspects of your life. Anger that is recognized and managed effectively can actually serve to energize healthy, productive behaviors.

Pediatric and Adult Behavioral Counseling helps our clients manage and control their anger in a constructive manner. It involves teaching individuals techniques and strategies to identify the triggers of their anger and how to respond to these triggers in a more appropriate manner. We offer a range of anger management services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our therapists are experienced in helping individuals overcome anger-related issues and build skills for managing their emotions in a healthy and effective way while improving their emotional well-being and relationships.


Anger and Causes

Anger is a natural human emotion that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. It is a complex emotional response that can be triggered by a wide range of internal and external factors. Some of the most common causes of anger include:


  1. Frustration: When we encounter obstacles or challenges that prevent us from achieving our goals or desires, we may feel frustrated, which can trigger anger.
  2. Injustice: When we perceive that we or others have been treated unfairly or unjustly, we may feel angry in response.
  3. Jealousy
  4. Betrayal: When we feel that someone we trust has let us down or betrayed us in some way, we may feel angry and resentful.
  5. Threats to our safety or security: When we feel that our safety or security is at risk, we may experience anger as a protective response.
  6. Perceived disrespect: When we feel that someone has disrespected us or violated our boundaries, we may respond with anger.
  7. Pain or illness: Chronic pain or illness can be a significant source of frustration and stress, which can contribute to anger.
  8. Unmet needs: When our basic needs for food, shelter, love, or belonging are not met, we may feel angry or resentful.
  9. Trauma: Past experiences of trauma or abuse can lead to unresolved feelings of anger and resentment.
  10. Grief

It is important to recognize that while anger is a natural emotion and can become problematic if it is expressed in a harmful or destructive way. Chronic or uncontrolled anger can lead to negative consequences in our personal and professional lives, as well as our physical and emotional health. If you find that your anger is causing problems in your life, it may be helpful to seek support from a mental health professional who can help you identify and address the underlying causes of your anger and develop healthier coping strategies.

Skills and Treatment

There are several therapeutic approaches that can be used in anger management, each with its own unique focus and techniques. Here are some of the most commonly used therapeutic approaches for managing anger:

    1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a widely used therapeutic approach that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to anger-related issues. CBT can help individuals identify triggers for their anger and learn new coping strategies to manage their emotions in a healthier way.
    2. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR): MBSR is a therapeutic approach that focuses on cultivating mindfulness, which is the practice of being present and aware of one's thoughts and feelings without judgment. By developing mindfulness skills, individuals can learn to recognize and manage their anger triggers more effectively.
    3. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): DBT is a therapeutic approach that focuses on developing skills for emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. DBT can help individuals learn to manage their emotions in a healthy way and improve their relationships with others.
    4. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): ACT is a therapeutic approach that helps individuals learn to accept their emotions without judgment and commit to making positive changes in their behavior. ACT can help individuals develop a more flexible and adaptive approach to managing their anger.
    5. Psychodynamic therapy: Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on exploring the underlying emotional and psychological factors that contribute to anger-related issues. Through this approach, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of their emotions and learn to manage their anger in a more constructive way.

    These are just a few of the many therapeutic approaches that can be used in anger management. The most effective approach will depend on the individual's unique needs and preferences, as well as the severity and underlying causes of their anger-related issues. Your counselor will help determine the most appropriate approach for you.