Anger is an emotion that is familiar to every human being. It is an emotion that is expressed when one believes that things are ‘not right’ and, in many cases, it is a very adaptive and healthy emotion to feel. Problems arise however, when anger is not responded to or expressed in a healthy way. Our counsellors can provide proven strategies to manage anger productively.
At the Centre for Human Potential (CFHP) we can provide effective anger management Brisbane wide to help you treat and manage your anger, so that it doesn’t have a negative or damaging effect on your life and relationships.
With our professional guidance from a practised psychologists in brsibane, you will learn the tools needed to accept and address your anger in a healthy and positive way, instead of suppressing it or expressing it violently or abusively.
What is Anger Management?
The purpose of anger is self-preservation with the intent to preserve your personal worth, essential needs and basic convictions. In other words, people are likely to feel anger when they feel rejected or invalidated, when they feel their needs are not being met, and when they feel like their beliefs and convictions are belittled, devalued or ignored. Anger is, in and of itself, a natural and adaptive feeling.
Anger, however, is not a reflex that is automatic or caused by others. Anger is always, to some degree, a choice that is controlled by our thinking, beliefs and attitudes. While anger is a completely normal emotion, and everyone experiences it from one day to another, it becomes problematic when it is expressed in intense and inappropriate ways and when the person feels that their anger has become unpredictable and uncontrollable.
The aim of anger management is to help you move away from being controlled by this destructive and unpredictable emotion, and move towards understanding and managing your anger in a healthy way through our counselling services with experienced and professional psychologists.
While anger is defined as an emotion, it also has a psychological element to it. When you feel angry, your blood pressure and heart rate increases, muscles tense and adrenaline is often released. It seems very similar to the fight or flight response. This is because anger is most often felt when you decide to stop and face a perceived threat, either real or imagined, and these physical tell-tale signs always appear before any anger outburst. So it is rare to have a fully-fledged rage attack without a warning from these physical signs first, and learning to recognise them is often the first and most important step in learning to manage your anger. Your psychologist from CFHP will help you take these vital steps towards recognising your anger, and subsequently treating and controlling it in a healthy and effective way.
Why is Anger Management Important?
Being able to manage your anger is important because when it is unresolved and uncontrolled it can lead to many difficulties, not only emotionally and socially, but also where your physical wellbeing is concerned. Often people with unresolved anger feel angry most of the time and find it difficult to control their outbursts.
Health Problems Associated With Unresolved Anger
Unresolved anger can lead to many health problems, including:
- Muscle tension, such as shoulder and back aches
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- A weakened immune system and higher susceptibility to colds and flu
- Heart attacks
In addition to potential health problems, the emotional and social difficulties encountered when anger is unresolved and uncontrollable can include:
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Low self-esteem
- Problems in personal relationships
- Difficulty in work situations
- Social withdrawal
- Social isolation
Uncontrollable anger often results in feelings of depression and low self-esteem. In many cases people will turn to substances to help them cope, while others find it difficult to function in their relationships or at work. The most effective treatment for anger issues is counselling and therapy with a qualified psychologist, who can tailor a customised treatment plan for your individual issues.
Cognitive behaviour therapy is the most common approach to anger management, where you will be encouraged to explore your triggers or sources of your anger and identify any irrational and distorted beliefs that are contributing to your uncontrolled anger. These beliefs are then challenged and replaced with more rational, positive beliefs that help temper feelings of anger. If there are unresolved issues, the counselling aims at providing a supportive space where you can explore these issues and gain the tools needed to resolve them.
More effective coping skills are encouraged, as well as relaxation training and psycho-education which will give you healthy ways of releasing the energy and anger from your body, both actively and passively.
We work closely with you to increase your self-awareness and self-control through your daily life and activities, to help you assess your physical, behavioural and emotional signals and triggers. You will then know how to take positive steps in each situation and make healthy choices in your responses to these situations.
After a few sessions of counselling, you may feel more in control of your thoughts and your feelings – particularly your anger. And as a result, you will feel more confident and more positive and begin to notice positive changes in your social and personal relationships.
Choose CFHP for Anger Management Counselling
If you are concerned about your negative or unhealthy reactions to situations in your life, or you feel that you have uncontrollable anger issues, talk with one of our trained and experienced psychologists to better understand what you are going through, learn how to manage it more effectively, and enjoy your life more.
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