Do You Or Your Teenager Struggle With Anger Issues?
Is the way you express your anger harming your relationships with your loved ones or your quality of life? Do you sometimes feel angry for no particular reason? Maybe after you have an outburst, you feel physically drained and wonder why you acted the way you did. When you express your anger, do you often say things you did not intend to say? Perhaps you are frustrated because it seems that life is unfair, and you act out with anger when things don’t go your way. Do you wish you could learn proven techniques to feel less angry and more at peace?
Or perhaps, you have a teenage child who often expresses his or her emotions through angry outbursts. Do you get calls from your teen’s school when his or her behavior leads to outbursts with teachers or peers? You might be concerned that your teenager is not simply going through a phase. When you attempt to reach out to your teen to help him or her through stressful or painful situations, does he or she lash out at you and isolate? Do you wish you could help your teenager manage his or her anger in order to prepare him or her for a successful and happy future?
When you struggle with anger issues, it may feel like your whole day is consumed by your emotions. You may wake up feeling fine, but quickly get triggered by a frustrating circumstance and vent your rage toward your loved ones. At work or school, you may feel like yelling or punching a wall because you cannot seem to escape your anger. You may feel unable to stop thinking about your outbursts throughout the day, wonder why you felt the need to act so harshly and struggle with guilt and shame. If you experience negative emotions during the day, you may even end up taking out your frustration on your family. At the end of the day, it may be difficult for you to unwind and relax because you still feel pent up anger inside of you.
Anger Issues Are More Common Than You May Think
Modern society demands a lot from adults and teenagers. The pressures to succeed at work and at school as well as maintain positive relationships with your loved ones can often result in frustration, especially if it seems as though you have no outlets or sources of relief. When individuals feel overwhelmed by their daily lives or do not know how to effectively communicate their needs, it is common to cope by expressing anger in unhealthy ways, such as physically or verbally attacking others. In addition, frustrating experiences – such as stressful commuting, interactions with someone rude or decisions that seem unfair – can easily trigger an outburst of rage in someone with anger issues. Even though some individuals may feel remorseful about their outbursts, they may continue to take out their anger on their loved ones.
The good news is that no matter whether you or your teenager struggles with anger, there is always hope. Anger management sessions can teach you the techniques to mitigate your anger and reconnect with your loved ones.
Anger Management Can Help You Live A Peaceful And Connected Life
During our safe and compassionate anger management sessions, you and your experienced Life Balance Counseling therapist will tailor an individualized plan to help you control your anger and feel calmer.
Your therapist can first help you understand and identify the external triggers that often lead to your angry outbursts. Once you know what typically causes you to feel overwhelmed, your therapist may work with you to break down and reframe your thought process to help you feel less frustrated when you encounter daily stress.
In addition, your therapist may also incorporate mindfulness and breathing exercises into your sessions. Mindfulness can be especially effective for struggling with intense emotions because it shows you how to be presently aware of your feelings and notice when you start to feel angry. Through this, you can start to mitigate these emotions early so they do not intensify or become difficult to control.
During your anger management sessions, you may also practice positive communication and develop healthy coping skills. Through role-play activities, you can start to form new, more positive communication patterns for when you start to feel agitated. If you continue to feel angry even after you engage in positive communication, your therapist can teach you coping skills that allow you to relax and unwind.
If your teenager suffers from anger issues, his or her Life Balance Counseling therapist will tailor these strategies and approaches to fit his or her needs. Our therapists are experts in helping teens feel like active participants in their sessions. Your teenager’s therapist may incorporate art therapy, journaling or play therapy in order to help your teen express all of his or her emotions in a meaningful way. When your teen is truly involved in his or her treatment, he or she has a better chance to form lifelong positive patterns.
The therapists at Life Balance Counseling have more than 20 years of combined experience in helping adults and teens find relief from anger. No matter whether you or your teenager has trouble with anger, anger management counseling can provide the skills and support necessary to live a calm and fulfilling life.
I’m interested in anger management sessions, but I still have a few questions and concerns…
I’ve always been an angry person. Can anger management still help me?
You always have the potential to change. Our therapists have helped many people with a range of anger issues find relief and live a peaceful life. After you take the courageous step to attend therapy, you can start to reframe your thought process, feel calmer and reconnect with your loved ones. You can also feel resilient after your sessions because you will be equipped with proven strategies to continue to feel in control of your emotions.
My teenager (or I) is worried about the social stigma of therapy.
You or your teenager may worry what others will think of you if you attend anger management sessions. Life Balance Counseling offers 100 percent confidential and nonjudgmental sessions so you do not need to worry that others will know about your treatment unless you choose to tell them. After a few of our sessions, others may begin to notice you have made positive changes in your life. Through our work together, you can strengthen your relationships with your loved ones and friends start feeling more deeply connected to the world around you.
I am concerned about the difficult emotions that I might uncover.
You will have to face your past in our anger management sessions. Repressing your past sadness by expressing anger is not healthy. By taking the time to conquer your fears and face the pain you’ve experienced in your life, you can emerge a stronger, more fulfilled person. In our sessions, we will move at a comfortable pace so you can slowly process through all of your emotions.
Put Aside Anger And Regain Control Of Your Life
If you are ready to receive the expert help you or your teenager need to overcome anger issues and live peacefully, we invite you to call us for a free 15-minute phone consultation. We’re happy to discuss your needs, our practice and how anger management can help.