Anger Management Therapy
Anger management counseling can help Bethesda & Washington D.C. residents to regain control of their lives.
Everyone knows what anger feels like, but few understand just how all-encompassing anger can be. This is an extreme condition that only gets worse when coupled with stress, anxiety and other underlying concerns. What looks like a simple "anger management problem" to many is a very complex dynamic of strong but unprocessed emotions, which tend to get hijacked by anger. Anger, as a fight-flight reaction, feels protective in the face of perceived threat, but leaves the more subtle underlying emotions unprocessed.
Anger is not just an emotional concern; it plays a large role in your physical health. Excessive, generalized anger can cause your heart rate and blood pressure to rise. Adrenaline and noradrenaline are also released when someone feels anger, which give you a feeling of intense energy. This is what fuels the "fight or flight" reaction. Anger felt might be protective but when used as a default reaction over a sustained period of time, the anger can take a toll on the body.
So, how do you know if you’re "too angry?" The general rule of thumb is to evaluate whether anger impacts your life in an undesired way:
- Do you feel out of control?
- Has your anger caused unintended consequences?
- Do seeming minor annoyances get the best of you?
- Does your anger prevent you from doing things you want to do?
- Do your friends or loved ones walk on egg shells around you?
- Does anger routinely bias your perception of others' behaviors or intentions? (think road rage)
- Do you get off on anger like some thrillseeker seeking an adrenaline rush?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, it might be time to seek a professional anger management therapy from trained psychotherapist Dr. Wilfried Busse. We serve both Bethesda and Washington D.C. residents. Dr. Busse is both a licensed psychologist and an "Approved Consultant," which allows him to practice several different modalities and find the type of therapy that works best for you.
Anger management therapy is frequently combined with additional counseling such as stress management therapy. Many Bethesda and Washington D.C. residents feel this gives them additional tools to control their anger and handle their day-to-day interactions constructively. Dr. Busse is a licensed psychologist and an approved consultant for EMDR and uses a number of different tecniques to address anger.
If you are ready to take charge of your anger, contact us and take the first steps toward relief.