Getting angry sometimes is perfectly normal. However, if you lose your temper, get intensely angry, or get physically aggressive, you need to get help managing anger. If your temper causes problems for your relationships, career path, or health, you should consider reaching out for help.
Often, therapy can help you assert control over your temper. By reducing the frequency and intensity of angry outbursts, you may be able to move towards living a better life.
Therapy can help you learn constructive ways for managing anger
Dr. Franco will work with you to develop useful skills and techniques that will enable you to better manage your anger. Often, after a small number of sessions, clients learn more constructive ways of managing their anger.
Dr. Franco will help choose the tools that work best for you. For example, with Dr. Franco, you may learn techniques such as progressive relaxation or guided imagery. These techniques can help you learn to relax simply by thinking of a particular word or image. You might also find that “cognitive therapy” – developing alternative ways of thinking about and reacting to anger – can help.
Anger is not inherently bad
Anger is a natural, normal human emotion. However, when out of control, anger can inflict damage on you and those you care about. You know that you have an anger management problem when your temper causes pain to you and to those around you. Out-of-control anger can cause immense harm to your relationships with friends and family. Out-of-control anger is especially damaging to your children. You may find that your anger pushes away your coworkers and supervisors, affecting your ability to succeed at work.
Anger may be a natural response to a difficult situation, but how you choose to respond to your anger is a personal choice. Therapy can help you learn to respond appropriately and control the way you express your anger.
Managing anger is not the same as bottling up anger
Have you already tried venting your anger, bottling it up, or trying to calm down with no success? Just suppressing anger can damage your physical and mental health. Effects can include depression, anxiety, and hypertension. In therapy, you can learn how to be calmer within and avoid triggering your anger.
You may have been born with a low tolerance for frustration. Your anger issues may be traceable to genetic or physiological causes, or to trauma that you may have experienced. No matter the cause, in therapy with Dr. Franco you can access the support you need to break anger’s hold over your life. You can change the way you think. Anger doesn’t have to be your default response to crisis, stress, or frustration.
In anger management therapy, you can learn to pause before responding to a situation and take the time to express yourself calmly. Improving your communication skills can help heal your relationships with others, which may have been damaged by your anger.
Take a step forward
If you want to be supported in your journey to better control your anger, and enjoy better relationships with family, colleagues, and friends, Dr. Franco will work with you towards long-lasting, tangible results. Dr. Franco accepts referrals for court ordered anger management, self-referrals, and referrals from health care professionals.