WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ANGER MANAGEMENT THERAPY

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ANGER MANAGEMENT THERAPY


Anger management classes can be done in a group setting or one-on-one counseling, depending on your or a loved one’s comfort level. Classes are available for an individual or for a child, spouse, parent, or if you are a mental health advisor, your patient. The types of counseling, timeframe, number of sessions, and so forth is determined by the counselor’s assessment and your or your loved one needs as a patient.

The key things you can expect from anger management therapy include, but are not limited to coping skills that help diffuse the anger, or finding ways to prevent anger from escalating, along with knowing what triggers the anger and what contributes to it, such as an underlying medical condition such as depression and anxiety. Other expectations may include:

  • Stressful situations that may create anger or make it worse, which may include a mental health assessment to determine if emotional or psychological ties to your anger are a contributing factor, or past traumatic experiences that call for alternative counseling
  • Length of time to complete anger management therapy – depending on your needs or recommendations from your counselor, therapy can take as little as a few months to possibly a year or more.
  • Recognizing when your thoughts are irrational and ways to correct your way of thinking about circumstances that trigger you
  • Effective ways to quell the anger
  • How to express your feelings in a healthy way so as not to resort to anger
  • Problem solving – strategies that help redirect your anger in circumstances and help solve complicated issues that may create anger
  • Communicating calmly and effectively your needs and wants without turning to anger

Utilizing these coping skills in therapy will help you identify anger issues, create a management plan, and allow the therapist to assess how they are working to your betterment.
 
 

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