Everyone feels angry sometimes and has their own triggers ranging from traffic jams and inconsiderate drivers to traumatic or enraging events. However, if you have lost control of your anger and are displaying aggressive behaviors, you may benefit from anger management counseling. At Tranquil Soul Counseling in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Mary K. Tatum, MS, LMHC, offers customized anger management counseling services. Call Tranquil Soul Counseling or schedule an appointment online today.
Anger is a normal human emotion that varies from mild irritation through fury and range. It can be triggered by internal worries, fears, and memories or by external events such as a coworker or supervisor or canceled flight.
Whatever triggers your emotions, anger causes some physical changes including increased heart rate and blood pressure and a surge of hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline. In addition to physiological changes, anger triggers aggressive thoughts and behaviors that are critical to your fight or flight response.
Anger becomes a problem when you aren’t able to regulate your behavior and lash out physically or verbally at the people around you. Some signs that indicate you need anger management counseling include:
Excessive or uncontrollable anger is often associated with other mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder where your emotions swing between periods of high energy and deep depression. Excessive irritability is one of the symptoms you may experience during one of your high or manic periods, which can lead to angry outbursts and aggressive or destructive behavior.
Anger management is counseling that teaches you to recognize your anger triggers and early signs of anger as well as techniques to calm yourself down and deal with the situation in a productive way. Mary K. works with during your counseling sessions to explore your anger and triggers to uncover any underlying issues that contribute to and exacerbate your anger.
Mary K. may work with you on cognitive restructuring, which means to change the way you think. This process doesn’t happen overnight, but with practice, you can learn to replace exaggerated angry thoughts with more gentle and rational ones.
During your anger management sessions, you also learn strategies to ease your anger. For example, you may practice breathing exercises or repeat a word or mantra to yourself to self-soothe when you feel your anger rising. You may also benefit from practicing slow and gentle exercises and stretches to relax your muscles and relieve physical tension.
If anger and aggressive behavior are disrupting your life, call Tranquil Soul Counseling or make an appointment online for customized anger management counseling services.