When it comes to anger management people often ask what the sessions are like and what people it attracts. The anger management sessions attract people from all walks of lives from working class to wealthy elite and representing all kind of professions from carpenter, builders, cleaners to barristers, bankers and medics and the list continues and includes men and women.
THE ISSUES PRESENTED IN ANGER MANAGEMENT SESSIONS
The issues that clients typically present in anger management sessions is inability to express anger in a way so they feel heard and instead they express it in a way that is threatening to members of the public or people in the family also known as domestic violence. It can escalate into people calling police or social services. The inability to express anger in assertive manner leads to either clients complaining of being either too aggressive or passive aggressive. The highly aggressive clients and their partners will complain that the flare up will lead to insults, screaming, threats, manipulations, selfishness, control, objects throwing or physical assaults. The passive aggressive anger expression which is just as bad involves repressing the anger but indirectly expressing the anger by gossips to friends and relatives, acting in vindictive way, being hostile or sulking that leaves the other person provoked, so the angry outbursts then become co-created in a way.
The other issues clients often present is feeling lost, powerless, confused and helpless not knowing how to resolve the chronic domestic violence or bullying in the university or work context. It is not unusual that people with anger management issues can also present with high stress, depressions or trauma and all those issues and including the anger are holistically addressed.
TYPE OF SUPPORT PROVIDED IN ANGER MANAGEMENT SESSIONS
So how are clients supported in the anger management sessions? Besides the in-depth assessment that is ongoing, which means that therapist gets to know the clients more as the sessions progressed, clients are of course provided with the anger management and conflict resolution skills. This means that in the each session clients is provided with a piece of sheet that contains a short text on anger management and clients with dyslexia are supported in a way that they can also learn the techniques. In the following sessions, what clients learnt from the handouts and how the client integrated it into the personal life is discussed. It is also discussed what worked and what has not. Clients often report that the techniques and new communication strategies worked.
Besides the ongoing assessment and provision of anger management techniques, clients also use the space in the sessions to decompress any negative energy they have been carrying and this makes them feel more relaxed and supported. The anger management sessions is not only process during which useful tools are acquired but it is also process in which the client and therapist collaboratively work towards client’s unique goal. As the sessions proceed the clients’ self-awareness is increasing and the understanding the causes of their anger, they understand what the triggers of their anger are, and the increased self-awareness also plays a huge role in the prevention of anger management. The process if always non-judgemental, respectful and friendly. If you think that you or your partner has anger management issues, please do not hesitate to text/call Leona Sears on 07 505 124 933 to enquire about booking a possible session on your preferred time and day.