What is Anger Management Therapy
Anger management is the process of learning to recognize signs that you’re becoming angry, and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a productive way. Anger management doesn’t try to keep you from feeling anger or encourage you to hold it in. Anger is a normal, healthy emotion when you know how to express it appropriately — anger management is about learning how to do this.
Understanding Anger Management Therapy
Some signs that you need help controlling your anger include but not limited to:
- Regularly feeling that you have to hold in your anger
- Persistent negative thinking and focusing on negative experiences
- Constant feelings of irritation, impatience and hostility
- Frequent arguments with others that escalate frustrations
- Physical violence, such as hitting your partner or children or starting fights
- Out-of-control or frightening behavior, such as breaking things or driving recklessly
- Avoiding situations because of anxiety or depression about anger outbursts
Anger management therapy may be delivered in individual or group settings. Classes are designed to address specific types of anger issues, including relationship, parenting, adolescent, and work-related anger or rage. Individuals may be court-ordered to attend an anger management class as a result of a domestic or legal issue.
Therapy is offered on a continuing basis.
Most anger management therapies include homework assignments and exercises that strengthen the techniques learned and allow the person in therapy to practice them in real-life situations.
Anger may result in externalizing behaviors such as verbal arguments and tantrums and/or internalizing behaviors such as sulking or increased symptoms of depression.
In many cases, people respond the development of anger with aggression, which is the biological function of anger. It is an evolutionary response that helps prepare individuals to fight off threats
Anger management therapy provides a clear and distinct set of guidelines for recovery. It gives the person seeking treatment a controlled platform for the release of his or her emotions while aiming to achieve positive and constructive responses, rather than negative and destructive ones .
People in therapy are encouraged to examine the circumstances that trigger their anger and to become aware of their emotional state at each level of arousal. Affected people are taught how to use those psychological signs as a road map to control their anger.
Anger Management therapy helps with but not limited to:
- Communicating needs
- Maintaining better health
- Preventing psychological and social problems linked to anger
- Using frustration to get things done
- Help avoiding addictive escapes
Some techniques but not limited to:
- Impulse Control
- Frustration Management
- Breathing Techniques
- Relaxation strategies
Why Anger Management Therapy
Generally, counseling for anger management focuses on learning specific behavioral skills and ways of thinking so you can cope with anger. If you have any other mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression or addiction, you may need to also work on these issues for anger management methods to be effective.
The aim of counseling and anger management classes is to teach you to:
- Manage factors that may make you more likely to get angry, such as improving sleep so you’re not tired and keeping stress low by using stress management skills
- Understand the triggers of your specific anger
- Identify situations that are likely to set you off and respond in non-aggressive ways before you get angry
- Learn specific skills to use in situations likely to trigger your anger
- Recognize when you aren’t thinking logically about a situation, and correct your thinking
- Calm yourself down when you begin to feel upset, for example, by using relaxation skills or taking a break
- Express your feelings and needs assertively (but not aggressively) in situations that make you feel angry
- Focus on problem-solving in frustrating situations — instead of using energy to be angry, you’ll learn how to redirect your energy to resolve the situation
- Communicate effectively to defuse anger and resolve conflicts
Inappropriate displays of anger may indicate the existence of a more serious mental health or emotional issue. People who receive anger management therapy are given the tools needed to slow their reaction to anger in order to identify the reason for their feelings. From Source.
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Key Benefits of Therapy at Exult
At Exult, we have multiple professionals who are licensed in helping with anger management therapy. Here are some other great benefits of Exult Healthcare:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Access to on-site psychiatrist
- Providers work together
- Tailored program for your loved one
- Afternoon hours
- Yoga and Mindulness
We do take multiple insurances such as United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare but we suggest you discuss any major medical decisions with your insurance provider.
We offer medication management but we try to keep an open discussion between the client, therapist, and psychiatrist as to the needs of the client.