Anger Management

Trauma and Hope  offers comprehensive anger management programs. The Clinicians that provide anger management services are licensed through the Board of Social Work and have been providing anger management therapy for over twenty years. Services are provided in both English and Spanish. The core program components include:

Anger Management Evaluations

Trauma and Hope specialized clinicians are all familiar with and are trained to perform these evaluations. This evaluation takes a global look at the individual’s history as well as current symptoms to come up with a mental health diagnosis. An Anger Management Evaluation seeks to determine not only the roots of the anger as with a psychosocial evaluation, but the deficiencies that come together to create problematic anger. The evaluation tools uses a research validated material that is either done on computer or on paper. It provides information on an individual’s assertiveness skills, motivation to change, stress management skills, empathy, level or potential of interpersonal aggression and the ability to set boundaries and think independently of others. This information is used as a baseline to begin an anger management program.

Individual, Family and Group Therapy for Anger Management

For some people, the easiest way to change the way they handle anger is to work with a licensed mental health professional in an individual, family, or group therapy setting. A therapist, who can observe and analyze your behavior from an impartial perspective, can help you with your reality testing. An anger management therapist will also be expert in all manner of effective anger management strategies, and will be able to help you develop a personalized set of strategies for changing both your thinking and behavior that will work best for you.

A typical course of therapy for anger management is more like a class than a traditional therapy session. Participants are helped to become conscious of their emotional, cognitive and physical responses to anger and the different ways they respond to conflict. Depending on your needs, your therapist may work with you on breathing or meditation exercises to reduce anger arousal, safe and appropriate emotional and physical techniques to release anger, communication skills, or ‘cognitive restructuring’ (a method for disputing and changing the thoughts that shape your emotions).

Anger management services vary in length and quality. While some stretch across multiple weeks and begin to follow the therapy approach described above, others span a single weekend only. The length of anger management services is determined at the completion of the anger management evaluation.