The Anger Management Counselor Directory
Welcome to the Anger Management Counselor Directory. Congratulations on taking the challenging step to begin working on your anger! You have made a very important decision to gain skills you will need to avoid emotionally harming others and to learn healthy ways of expressing and experiencing anger. We know that this decision takes a great amount of courage and you are to be commended! We realize that therapy is difficult.
If you have reached the point where you know that your anger out of control, you have come to the right place for help! There is hope and you can heal! The Anger Management Counselor directory has counselors, therapists, psychologists, and other mental health providers that have received specialized training for helping you get control of anger issues and behaviors. Our directory also has counselors that specialize in helping the spouse, partner, and family members who are in a relationship with an angery person.
Finding an Anger Management Counselor is easy!
1. Click on a state from the below list (cities drop down)
2. Click on the city nearest to you.
- If your city is not listed, double-click on the state to view all counselors within that state.
3. Review the list of counselors.
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One out of five Americans has an anger management problem. Anger is a natural human emotion and is nature's way of empowering us to "ward off" our perception of an attack or threat to our well being. The problem is not anger, the problem is the mismanagement of anger. Mismanaged anger and rage is the major cause of conflict in our personal and professional relationships.
We realize that therapy is difficult. It is difficult because it often brings out an aspect of each person that is not particularly attractive. However, in order for the renewal process to begin, it is very important for you to get past their level of denial and to look at your own thoughts and behaviors openly and honestly. You must remember that you are not bad, evil or rotten.
Definitions of anger include words like: rage, revenge, hatred, submission, and the like. No matter what words or definitions are used to define anger the central theme is the same, anger is an emotional reaction or feeling that can strongly impact one’s present emotional state in a negative form.
The instinctive, most natural way, to express and experience anger is to lash out or respond aggressively. However, it is imperative that we remember anger is natural – this point cannot be reiterated enough. When individuals are attacked or threatened it is normal to become aggressive in both feelings and behaviors. Anger is an emotion that grants us the ability to defend ourselves or to ward off danger. Therefore, a certain amount of anger is necessary in order for us to survive in today’s world.
The goal of anger management counseling is to help you reduce and control both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that leads to your anger. Since you can't get rid of anger or avoid it, the only option you have is to learn to control your anger. At the same time, you do not have the option of getting rid of people that enrage or perturb you, therefore you must learn to live with people who “press your buttons” and “trigger” your anger.
Remember, anger is an emotion that every human being will experience regularly. There are psychological tests that measure the intensity of angry feelings, how prone to anger you are, and how well you handle it. But chances are good that if you do have a problem with anger, you already know it. If you find yourself acting in ways that seem out of control and frightening, you might need help finding better ways to deal with this emotion.
When an individual begins to understand why he or she is expressing anger in a certain manor, he or she is beginning to recognize the “trigger,” or the event that is leading him or her to express anger violently or passively. As individuals begin to understand their “triggers,” they can begin to develop healthy ways of processing the anger before it escalates into an all-out rage or suppressed emotion.
The anger management counselors listed in this directory use a variety of specialized recovery tools, techniques, tasks, theories, and philosophies designed to provide effective, long-lasting help for people suffering from anger related issues.
Finding a therapist who is knowledgeable about out of control anger is critical. When choosing a therapist, it is important that you find someone who holds to your values and beliefs, someone that you feel comfortable working with, and someone who has some degree of experience working with your particular issue. It's wise to interview the therapist to see if she/he seems to be an appropriate choice. Here are some suggested questions to ask:
- Are you trained in treating anger management or domestic violence?
- Do you recommend joining an anger management group as part of recovery?
- Do you work from a trauma-based model in treating anger?
- How many clients have you treated (success rate)?
- What's your definition of healthy anger?
- What's your experience in helping spouses/partners and families?
- What about couples or families? How do you work with them?
- Does your practice have anger management counseling groups?
The AngerManagementCounselor.net directory is here to help you find the quality counseling you need. To locate a trusted anger management counselor or a therapist that specializes with partners/spouses in your area, simply type your state in the box above and begin your search. You will be given a map showing the counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists in your area along with a list of different counseling issues and sub-categories to help you refine your search.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call 911 immediately.
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