Anger is a strong emotion which can be useful to us. It can energise us to do things we would otherwise not do. On the other hand anger can become quite a destructive influence
Annoyance & Rage
Anger features on a continuum of feeling states. At one end is annoyance and at the other end is rage. When a person experiences rage it usually lasts until a threat is removed or the person being enraged at is incapacitated.
Anger management commonly refers to a system of therapeutic techniques and exercises that enable the client to deal constructively with bouts of anger or rage.
Anger management may be taught in a group setting or individually. At the Durham Centre we work with individuals (and sometimes couples) to help you come to recognise some of the triggers of your anger and to find better ways of handling it.
In Road Rage an aggressive or angry driver exhibits anger in a number of ways including rude gestures, verbal insults, threats or deliberately driving in an unsafe manner.
If you have a difficulty with the expression of anger we suggest that you phone our receptionist to ask for an initial consultation to discuss your circumstances with one of our practitioners.
A typical intervention
The practitioner would work on getting a clear account of how the troublesome behaviours developed in the first place. This often entails piecing together a life history and ascertaining how anger has come to play a significant part in the client's life.
Beyond that, homework exercises are sometimes employed in order to help identify precipitating events and to find alternative ways of responding to those events. Sometimes new responses are rehearsed for subsequent implementation in real life.
Sometimes it is appropriate to ask questions aimed at screening out possible psychiatric difficulties.
The whole process is not one of blame but of discovery. Typically by the end point the client has a clearer understanding of background matters that may have set the scene for angry scenes and a new set of behaviours to substitute for the old.
At The Durham Centre we are able to provide male or female practitioners. You might like to go to the "practitioner" tab at the top of this webpage to find your preferred practitioner.