Vision Counselling & Consulting Offers Therapy For Managing Anger
Difficulty Managing Anger?
Why We Feel Angry
We tend to feel angry in situations where we perceive that something is threatening to the achievement of an important goal, a boundary has been violated, we or others we care about have been treated unfairly/ unjustly, or the emotional and/or physical safety of ourselves or others have been threatened in some way.
Anger Vs. Aggression
While we often associate anger with aggression, it’s important to know that they are not the same. One (anger) is an emotion and the other (aggression) is a behaviour. Therefore, we can be angry without becoming aggressive. This is good news because it means that we can learn new ways of expressing our anger; Ways that can perhaps enhance both our relationships and our mental health. For example, we can enhance our relationships by learning how to communicate our needs in ways that are more likely to get them met. We can also enhance our mental health because we are no longer bottling our feelings of anger.
Anger is often accompanied by other emotions e.g. sadness, fear, jealousy, betrayal, resentment, shame, disappointment, etc. For those living with challenges in managing anger, understanding that anger is often accompanied by more vulnerable emotions, is one of the keys to understanding why we often act out with aggression. Although the aggression may feel like an automatic response that occurs without much thought, there are in fact cues that our bodies give us well before an explosion occurs.
The Vision Counselling & Consulting Approach
At Vision Counselling & Consulting, we will work with you to identify these cues – the warning signs that occur prior to the point of explosion, and provide you with a variety of practical strategies you can use to regulate your emotions and prevent escalation. Once your emotions are regulated, you will then feel free to choose actions that you can be proud of long term and align with the person you want to be.
Frequent expressions of aggression and difficulty managing anger are symptoms of deeper rooted issues. Our therapeutic approach is comprehensive in that we not only work to provide you with highly effective tools and strategies for changing problematic behaviour, but we also work to help you understand the origins of your anger, and those factors that have maintained it.
If you’ve been struggling with managing feelings of anger in your workplace, your relationships, in daily tasks (e.g. road rage while driving), or in other ways affecting functioning – we are here to help you. Our therapists are highly skilled in a variety of evidence based approaches for treating anger, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and a variety of Mindfulness based approaches.
Through our sessions, our clients consistently report an increased awareness of their personal anger triggers and the early warning signs, improved ability to regulate their emotions, effective communication and interpersonal conflict resolution skills, improved relationships, and overall stress reduction and improved coping skills.
We would love to hear from you about how anger has been impacting your life and discuss how we can provide therapy tailored to your unique situation to get you results that both you and those around you will see.