Anger Management at Red Cedar Counseling
Anger is a powerful, emotional response that stems from underlying issues of disappointment, frustration, pain, fear, and stress. When these emotions become too difficult to manage, we can often lash out in anger at family, friends, co-workers, or strangers. These outbursts of anger can cause long-lasting damage to meaningful relationships, and can leave us feeling even worse than before with the guilt of hurting others.
Anger management therapy helps individuals to control the way they express anger and frustration by examining the triggers to their anger responses and developing healthy ways to express these strong emotions. Anyone, of any age, can benefit from anger management therapy. From young children to older adults, anger control therapy can help individuals to create a healthy set of skills for managing strong anger emotions as well as the underlying issues that bring about anger.
You or a loved one might benefit from anger management therapy if…
- You act out in anger and damage relationships or work life
- You find yourself yelling at drivers on the road
- You become more upset than the situation would require
- You feel like your anger is out of your control
Anger is a natural human emotion. Everyone understands what it feels like to be angry and the powerful, physical response that it creates in our body. Increased blood pressure, heart rate, rushed breathing, and a rush of adrenaline are often associated with the feeling of anger, which can result in aggressive behavior.
Anger, as an emotion, is not necessarily a problem. Anger is a natural emotion that all humans feel and is our natural way of responding to situations that could harm us.
However, our response to these emotions is what can be a problem. Responding to anger in non-life threatening situations with violence or rage is something that needs to be examined.
There is no set number of therapy sessions and no one therapy strategy that works for everyone. Rather, counselors take into consideration each individual’s needs to create a strategy and therapy plan that works best for them. Some individuals may find that they are able to manage their anger or process difficulties after only a few therapy sessions. Others may find that a consistent therapy schedule is a healthy option for them to process past difficulties and continue pursuing healthy habits in the future.
The number and consistency of anger management therapy sessions is completely up to the individual. At any time, for any reason, an individual can choose to have more consistent therapy sessions or to stop therapy sessions altogether.
When some people think of counseling, they still imagine the client lying on a couch with the counselor sitting out of sight and asking “How does that make you feel?” That is not how we work. When you attend a session, your counselor will meet you in our reception and waiting area. You and the counselor will go to one of our treatment rooms, sit facing one another and have a conversation for 45-60 minutes (depending on your needs). We will probably never write notes or ask you “How does that make you feel?” during our time together.
The number of counseling sessions you may need to attend will depend on the severity of the issues you are bringing to counseling. We have seen clients for anywhere from three sessions to over a year. We will address your progress throughout the counseling process to make sure we are working towards you no longer needing counseling.
Absolutely. There are often times where having someone important in our life participate in a session can be helpful. Some clients want to bring someone with them so they can work on their interpersonal issues. Some clients feel more comfortable with someone they trust sit in sessions with them. Talk with your counselor if you want to bring someone into your sessions.
Your confidentiality is our responsibility. If you are using insurance, we do have to communicate some details of your situation to bill for services in accordance with HIPPA. There are a few situations where we are required by law to break confidentiality: if we suspect any abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult; if you tell us that you are going to harm yourself and refuse any help; or if you tell us that you are going to hurt a specific person. Finally, we must provide progress notes – which are not as detailed as our psychotherapy notes – if we are ordered by a judge. Outside of these specific cases, your counselor will not discuss what you talk about in session.
Common signs of anger control issues
- Health issues, such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and muscle tension
- Frequent arguing with friends, family, or coworkers
- Common physical violence, such as hitting, loud shouting, door slamming, etc.
- Feeling like you have to “hold in” angry feelings
- Depression or sadness, often caused from the guilt of hurting others
There are many signs of anger management issues, and everyone can experience anger management to varying levels. Even what is considered a small anger management issue can lead to a larger, destructive anger management issue if not dealt with properly.
That’s why anger control therapy is so important for individuals who struggle with controlling their anger. Anger management counselors take time to first get to know the individual, and their specific triggers and struggles with anger management.
Next, they develop an anger management plan with goals and healthy skills for the individual to use in order to better control their response in difficult situations. Identifying the triggers of anger and the signs of the issue allow a person to better take back control of how they react.
Here at Red Cedar Counseling, our counselors offer anger management therapy to all individuals struggling to respond to anger in a healthy way. Our counselors are trained professionals with years of experience helping individuals to develop a healthy set of skills in order to respond better to anger and live a happier, healthier life.
The process of anger management therapy is just that, a process. Our counselors walk with individuals step by step, to lead them on the path to discovering a healthier way of living. We understand that it can be scary and daunting to face the challenge of managing your anger, which is why the counselors at Red Cedar Counseling are committed to providing non judgmental counseling services for every individual.
Call our office or contact us below to learn more about our anger management therapy services and to schedule an appointment today.
Therapy and your privacy
The therapists at Red Cedar Counseling respect your privacy. The information shared in a therapy session is strictly confidential. The relationship between the counselor and the individual is based on trust, compassion, and respect, so that each individual feels comfortable in the therapy environment.
To learn more about individual therapy and to talk with a professional counselor in the Lansing, Michigan area, contact Red Cedar Counseling today.
Therapy at Red Cedar Counseling
Red Cedar Counseling offers professional and compassionate individual therapy services for everyone. Our counselors are experienced and licensed professionals with the necessary skills to help individuals lead a healthier and happier life. We don’t discriminate nor judge anyone based on their race, gender, or sexual orientation. Our goal is to provide excellent counseling and therapy services where individuals can feel safe and comfortable.