Anger is a healthy emotion that everybody feels at some point in their life. Anger must be
expressed in an appropriate manner to be healthy. When anger is expressed in an unhealthy way
this is when we get ourselves into trouble. Anger may cause you to lose your job, break up with
a loved one, fight with friends or family members, or even get you in trouble with the law. This
occurs when too often we let our anger get the best of ourselves and our emotions take over and
shut down the rational side of our brain. Some may refer to this as “seeing red” or “tunnel
Anger is a response to some particular stimulus that involves our emotions and thoughts which
subsequently results in some type of consequence. As previously stated, this does not always
have to be a negative thing. If we learn specific skills to use in situations that elicit an angry
response, and reframe the way we interpret a situation, we can learn to control anger so that it
does not become unhealthy and possibly damaging.
There are numerous skills, methods, and theories that exist to help individuals learn to manage
their anger. When undergoing anger management therapy the most important thing is that there
is a connection between the individual and the therapeutic methods being taught. Anger
management training is one of my specialties and one type of therapy I enjoy doing with my
clients. I use a structured week by week guideline which has elicited a very positive outcome
with the clients I have worked with. The guideline I use is tailored to each individual to meet
their specific needs.
If you feel you have a significant problem with controlling your anger, or even just need to learn
a few extra skills, anger management therapy is for you. Come to therapy with an open mind
and I am sure you will succeed and see improvements in your life.