Our anger management counselling service caters to the special needs and unique circumstances of each individual client. Our experienced therapists can help you manage your anger by teaching you how to:
• Understand what makes you angry,
• Recognise the triggers that might lead you to an angry reaction
• Reduce your angry responses by utilising proven anger management techniques
• Look at the underlying causes of your anger.
See below for more information about how anger works and how anger management counselling can help you contain your angry emotions and enjoy healthier relationships and a calmer life.
American Psychologist Paul Ekman classified the basic human emotions as
- disgust, and
Anger then, is a very normal human emotion and one that we should all expect to experience from time to time. It is, however, how you express your anger, and how you deal with your angry emotions, that determines whether or not you may have an anger management problem.
Ekman’s colleague and contemporary, psychologist and Professor Emeritus Robert Plutchick, furthered Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to develop a Theory of PsychEvolution, positing that human emotion evolved to help ensure survival of the species.
Anger is clearly one such emotion. It is the psychological response to fear and threats and its sets off a whole lot of physiological reactions – it is effectively the ‘fight’ response. When one’s life is truly under threat, anger is an important emotion. But if anger is your natural response to a range of non-threatening situations, or you are unable to appropriately contain or control your angry feelings, you may need help dealing with your anger.
When does your Anger become a Problem?
Your anger becomes a problem when it threatens your happiness, or the happiness of those around you. Your anger may be affecting your working relationships, or your ability to make sound decisions, or it may be leading you to engage in hazardous or violent behaviour. People with anger management problems also tend to be at greater risk of high blood pressure and heart attack due to the physiological stress that prolonged or intensified anger produces.
Getting Help for your Anger Management Problem
Learning to control your anger typically falls into a few stages.
First, it’s important to understand and recognise what triggers your anger so you can learn to prepare for your angry reaction or avoid the trigger altogether.
Second there are a range of anger management techniques which you can be taught and which you can then use to calm yourself down These include such things as counting to 10, taking time out, meditation, exercise and other simple aids which help your body and mind to relax – both in the moment of anger and also throughout your day. These techniques, together with assertive communication skills development, enable you to calm your physiological and emotional reactions so that you can then respond to the situation more constructively.
Third, if you wish to pursue a deeper understanding of your issues, an anger management counsellor can help you uncover the underlying causes of your anger problem. This may involve a consideration of your life stressors, your anxieties, family history, family communication patterns, any past traumas and your other life experiences.
Contact Associated Counsellors Bondi Junction today to get the help you need to overcome your anger.