Anger and Stress Management

Therapy for Anger and Stress Management

Emotions are our cues. They are our bodies’ natural response to our environment. Sometimes, our environment can act as triggers or threats to our core values and beliefs, or even a need being unmet. These assaults to our feelings of identity and security prompt reactions that are unhealthy or destructive. While you may not be able to avoid unsettling symptoms like stress and anger, you can learn to cope and manage them.

Becoming aware of why you react with anger and stress is the first step in the healing journey. Recognition opens the path towards developing the most effective coping skills through a better understanding of yourself as well as your relationships with others.

If unexplainable irritability and frustration characterize your daily life, or if you experience bouts of more intense anger or rage, counseling for anger and stress can help.

Therapy for Understanding and Managing Anger and Stress

Identifying our triggers and learning to manage how we respond to them are transformative practices. Within the therapy relationship, we create safety as we process and uncover what’s beneath the anger and stress that are showing up on the outside. If you are eager to manage stress in a healthier way, you will benefit from the non-judgemental, trusting relationship that therapy provides. It is within the safety of this relationship that you can practice your potential.

Together we can identify the parts of you that feel threatened or triggered. From there, we can identify healthy ways to reduce how that threat manifests and how we can address circumstances from a place of safety, grounding and clarity. We begin by asking:

  • “Where or what is being threatened right now?”
  • “What need is being unmet or in need of protection?”
  • “Do I feel unsafe or threatened?”
  • Is one of my core values being judged, threatened or denied?”
  • And most importantly, “How can I meet my needs or protect those which feel threatened in a more effective way?”

Understanding what’s happening within oneself is effective in as much as it is paired with tools for practicing self control. We can develop and strengthen internal sources which allow us to feel more in control, learning to respond rather than react. When we do this, we heal ourselves rather than simply treating the symptoms: anger, stress, frustration, lack of control. We must use self-awareness to make natural transitions between feeling triggered and feeling safe and controlled. When we are able to do both we allow ourselves to act in strength and with agency.

Imagine a life where you experience more peace; where you feel more in control of your life. A healthier version of you will allow you to live in a more consistent state of regulation, confidence, and understanding. You will find yourself more compassionate and more connected with the people and world around you. There is a beautiful life that is available to you on the other side of this transformative process.

Healing can happen when insight and self-awareness meet in a safe place.