Therapy for Anger

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There's nothing wrong with anger provided you use it constructively.
-Wayne Dyer

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
-Yoda

Anger can lead to tension, outbursts, loss of relationships, shame, guilt, and depression.  Anger is an important emotion to recognize and respond to, but the response has to be appropriate to the stimuli causing the anger.  

When working with individuals dealing with anger concerns.  I assist them in practicing mindfulness practices to notice and effectively respond to anger as it arises. Generally this includes us using distress tolerance skills to manage the intense moment and then communication skills when our emotions have reduced.  Anger is a helpful emotion when it is directed in the appropriate way.  

Common techniques used to assist individuals in managing their anger is as follows:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness based practices

  • Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT)

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

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