What is anger management therapy?

Betty Davis, LPC, NCC
Mental Health

Anger Management contains a series of techniques that a person can apply to their own anger in order to manage and control the anger into a more acceptable expression.

The goal of Anger Management is to help you control and reduce your emotional feelings and the physical sensations and triggers that accompany anger. It is important to remember that you cannot always avoid the events of people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions and respond rather than react to these people and events in harmful ways. You can learn to deal with your anger so that you can express your angry feelings in far more acceptable and less destructive and less violent forms.

People who show violent tendencies such as aggressive drivers, criminals and bullies may be court-ordered to attend anger management therapy.

This kind of therapy focuses on identifying anger triggers, in expressing anger without losing control and in learning relaxation methods. It can be individual or group therapy. It also can be expensive. If you are seeking professional help, you may want to start by going to the American Association of Anger Management Providers for information.

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