Jenny Rees Davies - MBACP (Snr Accred), Post-Grad Dip Couns, UKRC

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Anger/anger management        

Anger in itself is neither good nor bad - it’s the way in which it is expressed that can cause problems.

Anger can range from irritation to rage and is often a reflex reaction which is out of proportion to what is actually happening in the present.   It is connected to rules and beliefs that we hold as well as to times when we have been hurt in the past when we were too young to understand what was happening.

When we are angry our bodies mobilise for defence, or attack, and our thoughts are filled with plans for retaliation or ‘getting even’, or how unfairly we have been treated.     As with all moods, anger is accompanied by changes in thinking, behaviour and physical functioning.   With counselling we can come to understand what is at the root of this reaction and then it becomes possible to let go of this destructive force.

People who have been abused in the past may have a tendency to be on guard against future abuse;  they are quick to see current events as abusive and may experience chronic anger, sometimes seemingly out of proportion to the events provoking that anger.

Exercises and cognitive behavioural (CBT) strategies are used to form an integral part of the work.   They include:- 

• identifying thoughts, behaviours, physical reactions and moods associated with anger

• looking at rational and irrational thoughts

• anticipating and preparing for events

• recognising early warning signs

• assertion training

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