When you read the quote above, do you connect to it in a way that others may not? If you answered yes, you may be familiar with the emotional pain and strife caused by your negative reactions to feelings that are being driven by "anger". Yes, Anger is a powerful emotion, however, anger itself isn't bad. When expressed appropriately and with assertive communication, anger can be healthy. It can help protect you from dangerous situations, motivate you to make personal changes and drive problem resolution.
Sure, everyday annoyances, irritation and bitterness can all cause your temper to flash. For many people, these are fleeting moments. They're able to take these moments in stride and quickly return to a sense of calm without exploding. However, when you find that your blood pressure frequently goes through the roof from minor irritations in life, you may need to get your anger under control. Anger that's out of control can be destructive, leading to problems in your relationships, at work, in your general enjoyment of life and with your health. Aggressive anger responses usually manifest over time and often become habitual to the point they seem normal. However, aggressive responses to anger are anything but "normal" and are considered unacceptable socially.
If you tend to express anger in an unhealthy way, make plans to deal with your anger, before it deals with you! As a client served by Minding You, the goals of our anger management therapy is to assist you in increasing awareness of your options to respond to negative feelings in specific ways, develop healthy patterns of communication and emotional expression, and to take greater responsibility and accountability for your feelings and behaviors. In learning to develop more constructive coping skills you also begin to recognize that while negative emotions have their function, if they have total control over our reactions, they become a source of unhealthy behaviors. Through our work together, you will also learn to alter your mindset in turn helping you reduce stress and change the conversation you have with yourself. For some, this may sound like easy tasks to master, but for many men and women, the struggle to understand and responsibly manage intense negative emotions is a very daunting challenge.
How We Work:
Minding You offers Anger Management therapy based on an evidence-based program that contains 8 modules, which take 8-12 weeks to complete. Each module teaches a different "tool" to help you better cope with negative emotions and anger-related issues as well as teaches and develops general life skills to control feelings to thoughts and thoughts to behaviors more effectively and productively. The modules cover topics such as coping with stress, developing empathy, improving communication skills, managing self-talk, controlling negative thinking, improving relationships skills, using healthy assertiveness skills, and learning to respond rather than react. Individual anger management therapy sessions are available and incorporate the same anger management curriculum that is used in a group setting (offered 2-3 times per year) but comes with the benefit of receiving one-on-one therapy and support to help address not only the educational material but also learn methods to improve emotional regulation skills and more productively manage stress and anxiety.
At the successful end of your sessions you will be awarded a certificate of completion.