Anger Management Counseling

Humans are unique in that our large prefrontal cortex allows us to engage in critical thought and reasoning, including the ability to evaluate and plan responses to situations or stimuli. These abilities also allow us to develop wisdom and willpower to guide us in our interactions with others and our environment.

However, we also have powerful limbic system, including the amygdala, which governs our physical emotional reactions. In times of intense stress or frustration, one might feel highjacked by their emotions and act out angrily, causing verbal or physical damage to persons or property.

Difficulty in regulating powerful emotions resulting in angry and aggressive outbursts, though dangerous, is not uncommon. These outbursts may cause damage not only to property and objects, but to relationships as well.M

Given that healthy intimate relationships are a key factor in happiness and contentment, learning to manage your anger and frustration is a primary goal.

You may be struggling with anger management if:

  • You experience angry or aggressive outbursts on a regular basis
  • The stimulus for the outburst is often significantly less than the response
  • Outbursts are preceded by a period of tense anxiety or stress
  • You often feel powerless over your anger and your ability to control it
  • You experience a sense of relief after an outburst
  • You feel genuinely regretful, remorseful, or upset after an outburst or anger attack
  • You have damaged property or objects during an anger attack
  • You have threatened the health or safety of yourself of others while angry
  • Your relationships have suffered as a result of angry outbursts

Typically, these angry outbursts begin during the teen years and may persist into adulthood. While most people who struggle with anger management and control issues are men, woman can be affected as well.

Furthermore, individuals struggling with controlling their anger may also be suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and impulse control disorders as well.

At Symmetry Counseling, we can help you develop the skills and tools to manage your emotions effectively, including:

  • Understanding the cycle of actions and emotions preceding outbursts
  • Identify biological and physiological components of anger
  • Gain mindfulness and relaxation skills to manage rising anger
  • Practice conflict management techniques to reduce escalation and promote healthy resolution
  • Understand role of alcohol or drug use in angry outbursts
  • Practice healthy and appropriate ways of discharging of anger
  • Explore and understand the roots of anger
  • Assess and identify co-existing depression or anxiety, which may be exacerbating anger issues
  • Repair relationships damaged as a result of anger

Symmetry Counseling therapists are experts in treating anger management, using varied techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, group counseling, relaxation, as well as referrals to prescribers.

By teaching and practicing these anger management skills, Symmetry Counseling can help you in reducing the frequency and severity of outbursts, and supporting the growth and maintenance of fulfilling and intimate relationships