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ANGER MANAGEMENT

Change the way events affect you.
Anger is a natural yet complex emotion that is experienced by people
in response to a variety of situations.

Feelings of anger can range from feelings of mild irritation to intense rage. While experiencing anger may be an understandable and healthy reaction it can become excessive when it leads to destructive behaviors, affects relationships, and compromises our health.

The goal of anger management is to reduce both your angry feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. It’s not always possible to completely avoid situations that trigger anger, such as specific individuals or circumstances, however, you can develop the ability to manage your responses. 

In therapy we will focus on different strategies to manage emotions more productively. We will work to help identify situations that trigger your anger and therefore allow you to be able to anticipate and prepare for it.

I will instruct you on methods for distancing yourself from a situation, preventing the escalation of anger, and effectively managing your reactions when confronted with challenging circumstances.

 

We will discuss relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, and mindfulness mediation.

We will address any underlying reasons you feel angry, as it may be unresolved issues or trauma that is manifesting in unhealthy ways.

It is also helpful to learn how to effectively express your feelings in an assertive, not passive, passive- aggressive or aggressive manner. We may practice empathy and forgiveness to understand the perspectives and motivations of yourself and others. Compassion can help diffuse our anger toward ourselves or others. Anger often arises from distorted thinking patterns and negative interpretations of situations so we will identify and challenge these negative thoughts to develop more positive, healthy ways of thinking.

Anger is a natural and mostly automatic response to pain of one form or another.

Jessica Senick MSW, LCSW

 

 

Different techniques can help to prevent angry feelings or calm your mind and body during moments of anger. Inevitably life will have its frustrations, but you can change the way you let such events affect you. Anger management can be a challenging but rewarding process.

Take your first step towards a better outlook.