Anger Management Therapy & Counselling
Anger management involves the use of a Psychological Therapy or Counselling sessions so that you can more easily cope with angry feelings that may affect your work or personal relationships.
Everybody experiences angry feelings at some time or another and it is a normal human response.
Some people, however, cannot control their anger and uncontrolled anger, or anger that is vented in the wrong “direction”, can have negative consequences on relationships.
We have found that people will “point” anger in one of two fundamental directions, (1) outwardly towards other people or (2) inwardly, at themselves.
Clearly, the potential to cause “damage” exists in both situations, but directing your anger at other people is more likely to cause you “social” problems whilst turning anger inwardly on yourself is only likely to ruin your own life!
Common Triggers for Anger
There are many “triggers” that can lead to Anger, including some of the following:
- Grief & Bereavement
- Sexual Problems
- Drug abuse and drug withdrawal
- Feeling Threatened
- Feeling Ignored
- Not Being Taken Seriously
- Repressed Emotional Experiences
People who have Anger Management problems may find that they experience anger with increasing frequency and begin to lose control over their reactions to what might otherwise be “normal” events.
If Anger does get out of control it can often lead to serious problems with friends, colleagues and sometimes create conflict with the Law.
At worst, when Anger clouds the judgement completely, it can lead people into physical violence and all of the problems that go with “lashing out”.
Mental health surveys suggest that a third of adults are aware that they can often experience “unexpected anger” and just as many know someone who has an anger management problem.
When Anger is focused on the “self” it can have a very debilitating affect on the level of self-esteem as well as low self confidence.
The Mechanisms of Anger
As highlighted above, the “Anger Response” is normal in the appropriate circumstances.
When you become Angry the body releases Cortisol and Adrenalin into the bloodstream which are designed to increase your heart rate, quicken the breathing and generally prepare the body for the “Freeze, Flight or Fight” response.
This limbic (“hard-wired”) response is designed to deal with a real threat and under these circumstances your “rational thinking” processes are “put-on-hold” until the danger has subsided.
Of course, people with Anger problems may unjustifiably perceive that a threat is present when in fact there is not – often called a “cognitive distortion”.
Limiting beliefs can easily distort an event so that you can “perceive” almost any situation as a threat leading to the inappropriate response of anger.
Does Poor Anger Management Affect My Health?
Uncontrolled Anger has been shown to be linked with the following conditions:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Migraines and Headaches
- Sleep Disorders
- Eczema and other skin problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Anxiety Disorders
- Heart Problems
Suppressed or bottled-up Anger could lead to the following:
Each of the above problems can have serious consequences on the quality of your life so its important to tackle any anger management problems you have sooner rather than later.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anger Problems
If you’re committed to overcoming your Anger Management problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul which is available as an Online Therapy as well as a self-directed programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychotherapy course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Therapy Options for Anger Problems
Although our preferred form of psychotherapy for Anger Management is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.
Free Initial Consultations for Anger Issues
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Anger Management prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At TranceForm Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome Your Anger Problems with our CBT Course
Our 10 session course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different psychological problems.
Using an online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.