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Anger Management Therapy

Anger Management Therapy:

Regain Control and Embrace a Better Life

Trauma is defined as any distressing or frightening event that results in sustained, negative effects on a person’s daily functioning resulting in a reduced quality of life. Trauma can be the result of a one-time event, such as a car accident, or from prolonged exposure to stressful, violent, or invalidating environments.

Developing Anger Awareness

In the realm of human emotions, anger wields significant influence, impacting us in unique ways. Interestingly, this emotion often presents a contrasting picture when it comes to gender. For many men, anger tends to be more acceptable, often seen as a display of strength and assertiveness. On the other hand, women may find it harder to openly express anger, leading to a tendency to repress these feelings. In either expression, this often results in toxic and destructive behavior, harming not only the individual but also those around them. Such contrasting approaches to anger give rise to complexities in handling emotions. However, there’s a solution in Anger Management Therapy—a journey towards understanding, balance, and emotional well-being. Let’s delve into this transformative path, empowering individuals to embrace emotional equilibrium with compassion and understanding.

Understanding Anger through DBT

To actually deal with anger (rather than acting on it blindly or repressing it fully), one of the most effective methods of treatment is anger management therapy. Our Anger Management Therapy program on Long Island draws on DBT techniques to help you identify the root causes of your anger, providing you with effective tools for processing and releasing these intense emotions. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a proven approach for managing emotions, especially anger, within the broader framework of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Since extreme anger is often linked to other issues, anger management therapy programs aim to get to the root cause of the anger and provide tools for labeling and processing that feeling, finding healthy releases or ways of coping with anger, and tempering our reactions to triggering circumstances. This often involves working on impulse control, meaning that a major benefit of anger management therapy is improved self-regulation and self awareness which is also linked to healthier coping strategies to de-escalate anger responses.

Learning Mindfulness in the Face of Anger

Mindfulness is a core component of DBT. During mindfulness training at our outpatient DBT program, your therapist will help develop an awareness of anger triggers, bodily sensations, and thought patterns associated with anger. Through mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing or body scans, individuals can learn to observe their anger without judgment and respond more skillfully.

Building Emotional Regulation Skills

Through mindfulness practices, you’ll learn to observe and accept your anger without judgment, understand the function of anger, and explore alternative ways to express and manage anger. Strategies like problem-solving, self-soothing techniques, and distraction methods may be taught. Our therapists will guide you in developing impulse control, enabling you to respond thoughtfully rather than react impulsively to triggering situations.

Enhancing Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Anger often leads to communication breakdowns and strained relationships. A DBT therapist would focus in on communication and interpersonal skills by identifying strengths and areas for growth in the therapist-client relationship, as well as provide opportunities to demonstrate skill growth in group therapy sessions with your peers. In all therapy sessions, you’ll practice assertiveness, active listening, and conflict resolution, empowering you to navigate challenging interactions more effectively.

Developing Impulse Control through Distress Tolerance

DBT teaches individuals how to tolerate distressing emotions without engaging in impulsive or destructive behaviors. The therapist would assist the person in developing coping mechanisms to manage anger when it arises and normalize the experience of discomfort. This may include using self-soothing activities, engaging in relaxation exercises, or creating a crisis survival plan.

Our DBT Anger Management program is helpful for adults and children with behavioral concerns!

Additional Tools Used in DBT Anger Management

a DBT therapist tailors treatment to each individual’s specific needs. The therapist will collaboratively work with the client to address anger management, drawing from a range of DBT techniques and interventions. In addition to the four main DBT skills reviewed above, your Long Island DBT therapist will:

Benefits of Anger Management

Embrace a Better Life:

Begin Anger Management on Long Island today

Don’t let anger control your well-being and relationships. Our Anger Management Therapy, rooted in DBT principles, equips you with essential skills to manage emotions, communicate effectively, and build a healthier life.

Take the first step toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. Contact us today to learn more about our Anger Management Therapy program on Long Island inspired by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).