About Anger Management
Anger management is a journey towards awareness. In anger management you will learn to recognize the signs (physical, behavioral and emotional) that you are becoming angry. Awareness is the first step in managing your anger. Once you are able to recognize you are getting angry you can start to take action to calm down and deal with the situation in an effective way. Many begin anger management classes by wanting to stop feeling angry all together. Anger is a normal and healthy emotion, when expressed appropriately. Anger management doesn’t try to keep you from feeling anger or holding it in. In anger management you will learn how to do this.
It is normal to feel anger and to do and say things we regret from time to time. However, when your expression of anger is damaging your relationships, making you feel Everyone feels anger and says and does things he or she regrets from time to time. This is normal, and not necessarily a sign you need to seek out anger management help. However, when your anger is damaging your relationships, is making you unhappy or is being acted out in dangerous or violent behavior, you probably need help.
Indicators that you might benefit from anger management:
- Often feeling like you have to hold in your anger
- Frequent arguments with your partner, children or co-workers
- Trouble with the law
- Physical violence towards your partner, children, or starting fights
- Physical violence towards yourself
- Feeling Depressed or Anxious
- Threats of violence against people or property
- Out-of-control behavior, such as breaking things or driving recklessly
Our Anger Management program is located in Midtown, NYC and focuses on helping individuals –in group, individual, couples, or family therapy–recognize and manage their anger and its manifestations. We take time to acknowledge that anger serves an important purpose. It is our defense and shield. It is also a chief emotion that warns us when things are wrong. However, as much protection as it gives, anger has also hurts us and our relationships.
Anger Management provides an opportunity for participants to further understand their anger response, and in doing so learn new skills that replace the damaging ones. Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems as they relate and interact to our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
By acknowledging the triggers and emotional wounds surrounding them, we are able to communicate what we are looking for to others.
The goal of anger management and counseling is to teach you to:
- Identify situations that are likely to set you off and respond in nonaggressive ways before you get mad
- Use 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
- 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, focus on resolving the situation
Anger management leaves you with a sense of awareness and understanding of your anger. This knowledge will give you a sense of comfort around your anger. You will feel like you have more control when life gets challenging. Knowing how to communicate your feelings effectively and genuinely means you will not need to hold your emotions in until you burst with anger or rage any more.
After anger management you may find you:
- Argue less.
- Maintain better health.
- Prevent psychological problems
- Use your frustration to get things done.
- Help avoid addictive escapes.