A qualified therapist can help you move toward healthy management of anger and stress. While there is no cure for anger or stress, you can work to manage the intensity and affect stress and anger can have on you, helping you to become less reactive.
Therapy will help you to:
- examine situations or circumstances in your life that lead to anger and stress
- understand how anger and stress are negatively impacting your quality of life
- become aware of your triggers and your thoughts and emotions
- recognize negative thought patterns and relearning positive ways of thinking
- learn new responses to feelings of stress and anger that don’t include aggression
- define and become aware of the range of stress and anger, and tracking your current levels
- develop a plan to deal with stressors as they arise in your daily life
Therapeutic techniques used for the treatment of anger and stress:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Examines negative thoughts behind stress and anger. Focuses on teaching you to cope better with difficult life situations, positively resolve conflicts, deal with grief more effectively, and mentally handle emotional stress as well as overcome physical symptoms. Cognitive therapy is structured and results are lasting. 10-20 sessions makeup a typical course of treatment.
- Improving communication skills
- Learning and developing problem-solving techniques
- Mindfulness: Being aware of your own heartrate and breathing and altering them as needed to reduce stress hormones , increasing mood-enhancing hormones and decreasing tension, irritation, stress, and anger.
- Relaxation training
- Assertiveness training
- Working to develop patience for situations you cannot control, utilizing humor to relieve stress and tension, and identifying appropriate situations or people you may avoid to decrease stress and anger.