What is anger management counselling?
It helps you to understand the anger management cycle. Where your anger has come from and what you can do about it!
Where Your Anger Comes From?
We all have our buttons or “red hot buttons” that once pressed cause us to react in some way. Sessions will help you to understand what they are and who and in what situations have pressed them in the past.
Counselling sessions will help raise your awareness as to how you have reacted to your buttons being pressed in the past. You will be able to see what behaviours have worked for you and what behaviours haven’t worked for you.
Often a boundary setting exercise will be explored with clients. The psychologist will help the person to identify when a personal boundary is crossed and then what to do about it. This is a very useful exercise for a lot of people, because they don’t know where their personal boundaries lie and what to do about it if they are crossed.
How to Address Your Anger.
Counselling sessions will point out some of the negative coping strategies that people employ to deal with their anger. For example, excessive exercise, alcohol, drugs, social media, e-mail, work etc. They are negative coping strategies because they don’t deal with the cause of anger, instead treating the symptom of anger.
You will be taught assertiveness skills to successfully deal with your anger at its cause before it gets to a stage that it is unmanageable. For example, you will be taught how to have difficult conversations with those who are causing your anger. You will be taught how to put yourself first. You will be taught how to say no to others.
For a lot of people mental health issues lie underneath their anger. Sessions will also address these issues. For example, clients may report feeling depressed and anxious. Or they may be struggling to deal with things in a number of areas of their lives (e.g., work, home).
The sessions with your psychologist is a great opportunity to talk through these issues and gain strategies to deal with them. Some strategies include: relaxation, mindfulness strategies, challenging beliefs, goal-setting, setting action plans etc
Counselling sessions have shown to be a very effective way of managing anger. The duration of sessions depend on the individual’s circumstances but as a general rule of thumb expect to see the Psychologist for 6 sessions.
For more information please contact the Psychologist in your local area