Anger is a Natural, Emotional Response
While feelings of anger are a natural emotional response, the consequences of behaving in highly reactive ways are a valid reason for seeking help.
Whether you wish to explore your feelings personally or are pressured by the problems your behavior may be causing in relationships, addressing your issues and taking steps to modify your actions can have very positive results.
I work with a variety of clients from teens to seniors in both voluntary and court mandated programs as well as weave the major components of managing one’s responses into individual, couple and family therapy. Exploring current negative patterns of communication and finding ways to express your feelings assertively without aggression, may be the key to moving toward more satisfying relationships with your partner, family, friends, co-workers and all others you encounter.
While you or someone else may have identified your anger as “the problem,” it is important to know that it is not who you are, but what you say and do, and with increased understanding and techniques to practice, you can make positive behaviour changes.
Areas of focus:
Identifying and getting to know your anger – What does it look like? How is it used to get you what you do or don’t want?
Exploring your stress level – How much do you carry into situations? How is it affecting you physically and emotionally?
Addressing your emotional triggers and your belief system – Are there lifelong areas of sensitivity which keep arising?
Creating new ways of communicating – Are negative patterns preventing mutual understanding and satisfaction?
Increasing your tolerance of other points of view – Are you mind reading? Assuming motives?
Areas of focus:
The focus of our anger management work is not to blame or shame, but to offer practical steps toward gaining control and improving interactions. We will identify your triggers, chart how your thoughts and feelings lead to negative behaviour and practice ways to interrupt your patterns. You will learn how to calm your physical reactions through controlled breathing, stress relieving activities and distractions. By replaying difficult interactions, slowing down your impulses and changing your way of communicating, you will make better choices and gain control of your behaviour.