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Counselling for Anger
Anger is an emotion that we all feel and one that serves a very important protective function, it alerts us to the mistreatment of ourselves and others. In this sense anger is very important for our survival however, anger is a powerful emotion and can sometimes overwhelm us leading us to behave in very (self) destructive ways.
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Who is it for?
Do you often feel angry? Do you feel unable to control your anger? Do you become angry very quickly? Is your anger often triggered by relatively minor things? Do you struggle to express your anger in a way that resolves a situation satisfactorily? Does your anger result in you harming others either physically or emotionally? Are you often aggressive towards others or described as such by others?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions you may benefit from some counselling for anger.
A Recent Testimonial
Jackie - Clapham“I came to see a therapist with anger and irritability issues stemming from behaviour I’d learnt as a child. With the CBT techniques and my therapists support I have been able to identify and challenge these thoughts and feelings to effectively communicate, without isolating myself. Previously, the anger was having an impact on my personal relationships, specifically with my boyfriend; now I have been able to re-connect and make new beginnings with the people who matter the most.”.
How It Works?
The most important part of an effective counselling programme for anger is to understand the source of your anger and why you are unable to control it and express it in way that resolves a situation satisfactorily. Therefore, one of our Psychologists will begin by exploring with you the triggers for your anger, how long the problem has existed, how you currently react when you feel angry and how you would like to react. To put your experiences with anger in context and to allow your Psychologist to develop an appropriate therapy programme they will also ask you some more general questions about your life, work and relationships.
Your Psychologist will then help you to understand why your anger is being triggered in the way that it is, how to reduce it to a more manageable level and how to then express it in a way that resolves the situation that has led to your anger.
Sometimes it is easier to feel angry than to feel other negative emotions (e.g. anxiety, depression) because anger allows us to push the problem away from ourselves and onto someone else (i.e. ‘it’s not me it’s you’). Anger can often therefore act as a kind of cover for other difficulties. Your Psychologist will work with you to discover if this is the case for you and if it is they will help you to manage and resolve these difficulties as well.
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All of our Psychologists offer counselling for Anger, click here to view the team.
Facts about Anger
- 45% of adults in the UK report that they regularly lose their temper at work
- 33% of adults say that they have fallen out with their neighbours
- UK airlines reported 1,486 significant or serious acts of anger (described as ‘air rage’) in one year
- More than 80% of UK drivers report they have been involved in road rage incidents
- 50% of Britons report that when facing problems with their computers they have reacted by hitting their computer, throwing parts of it, shouting at their colleagues
Should you wish to find out more about Anger, please check out this article on our blog section