Anger Management – Therapy & Counselling
Anger is a normal human emotion that we can all feel at some point in our lives and in most cases it does not cause any harm.
However, you may be unable to control your anger or become angry at seemingly trivial situations, and this is when it can become problematic.
You may feel angry when:
- You feel powerless to decide things for yourself.
- You are being treated unfairly or badly.
- You are being threatened.
- You are not being respected.
- You feel misunderstood.
You may vent your anger in one of two ways, either
- Outwardly onto other people or external situations, or
- Inwardly onto yourself as a form of self-blame.
Whilst venting your anger onto other people is clearly destructive, being angry with yourself may be no less harmful.
People who have anger problems may find that they experience anger with increasing frequency and begin to lose control over their reactions to what might otherwise be “normal” events.
If anger does get out of control it can often lead to serious problems with family, friends, colleagues and sometimes create conflict with the Law, especially if anger spills over into violent behaviour.
Mental health surveys suggest that a third of adults are aware that they can often experience “unexpected anger” and just as many know someone who has an anger problem.
Health Problems Related to Anger
Uncontrolled anger has been shown to be linked with the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Migraines and headaches
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Eczema and other skin problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Heart Problems
Suppressed or bottled-up Anger could lead to the following:
Each of the above problems can have serious consequences on the quality of your life so it’s important to tackle any anger management problems you have sooner rather than later.
Anger and the Locus of Control
The Locus of Control is a concept that was developed by Dr. Julian Rotter in 1954 and is still used widely throughout the psychological community today.
It is, in essence, the degree to which people believe that it is themselves, rather than external forces, that determine how they feel and behave in terms of determining outcomes.
In very simple terms, the Locus of Control is described as being either ‘internal’ when people believe that the decisions and choices that they make have the most influence or ‘external’ when people believe that their own will and determination are unable to influence outcomes.
In this sense, the Locus of Control is governed by the core beliefs and meanings that people attribute to events.
This means that people either become angry because other people or situations MAKE them angry (external attribution) or people get angry because of how they MAKE SENSE of what other people say or do (internal attribution).
You can find out if you have an internal or external LOC by taking our Locus of Control Test here.
Therapy & Counselling for Anger Management Problems
We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for anger management problems.
Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:
- How long you have had the problem.
- Your personal preferences.
- How your problem is affecting you today.
You can read more about the different types of therapy for anxiety on the following links:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anger
- The CORE programme for Anger
- Counselling for Anger problems
- Hypnotherapy for Anger
Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.
Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.