Anger Issues

Blowing up or losing your cool once in a while doesn’t necessarily mean you have an anger issue. But if you find yourself experiencing long-term feelings of anger or rage, which may also include aggressive, violent or self-destructive behaviors, you may be facing an anger management issue. Those experiencing anger issues may also have physical symptoms including high blood pressure, headaches, or fatigue. Whether your anger issue is caused by stress, genetics, hormones or your current environment, you don’t have to figure it out alone. Contact one of our specialists today.

Meet the specialists

Irritability and anger is often triggered by anxiety, relationship difficulties, job stress, feeling unappreciated/disrespected, and/or insomnia. Identifying the underlying cause of your anger is the first step in understanding and managing your anger. I help to treat anger at its root cause, by challenging the cognitive distortions associated with your anger.

— Kirsten Hardy, Clinical Social Worker

Anger is an emotion. The difference is that anger can lead to aggression (shout out to those that thought I would say hate; #yoda). My approach to anger takes a look at how we express this emotion and how frequently it turns into aggression. By understanding the cause of anger, how it manifests and how often it becomes aggression, we begin to build a foundation that allows the experience of emotions in a healthier, more sustainable way.

— MICHAEL ROSE, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

I have experience working with individuals on anger management. I begin with a deep assessment of: anger triggers, anger response, personal relationship with anger through history of experiences. Then I move toward changing thought patterns related to anger and finally implementing new coping skills to help manage anger.

— Kelly Freeman, Counselor in Houston, TX

Anger is a powerful, often maligned phenomenon. It is a natural response to perceived or real threat that helps us get distance or control over it. Always meaningful, taboo for many, and sometimes destructive, understanding anger, where it comes from, what it is for is a focus of my practice, as is helping clients learn effective tools for navigating anger, even allowing it to be a useful guide.

— Mary Fisher, Therapist in Salt Lake City, UT

Have you ever been faced with a moment where you felt something rising within you, but you’ve been unable to express what it is? Have you often told yourself, “If my family would understand, this would be so much better!” Chances are, you have experienced anger. More than likely, you have been experiencing anger for much longer than you think. Anger is a common reaction to normal issues that can arise within a relationship. Anger is also a normal reaction to many stressors in life such as denied promotion, traffic, children, or family. Basically, anger is a result of feeling out of control or threatened. Good news, anger management can help you understand more clearly. Anger is an emotional reaction to situations that we do not often know how to deal with. In my own journey, I have experienced anger as the inability to express myself. This comes as telling myself I am wrong or a failure or not a good father in most cases. Most of us have experienced emotions, yet this is also a foreign concept.  Usually anger is an overwhelming sense or a body felt sense that we do not understand.

— Jeremy Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

One of my passions is running my anger management group. Group participants will learn to recognize triggers and underlying reasons for their anger. It will provide them with coping skills and tools they can use to change the way they respond to those triggers, and help them find healthy ways to channel their anger. Although we will be using a workbook during this group, it will be a safe place to share and learn from others' experiences.

— Richelle Massengale, Counselor in Springfield, MO

Over the last 15 years, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults working on learning about their anger and the aggressive behaviors they engage in when angry. I work with clients to recognize their anger at earlier signs, learn coping skills to help reduce the anger through each level, and new and better ways to address the anger so they can eliminate the problematic behaviors.

— Cora McNeese Nelson, Counselor in Tavares, FL

Anger is one of the most typical complaints I hear about from my clients. Their spouse or loved ones have told them many times that they have an "anger issue". Often my clients will say "I'm just not myself anymore and I'm snapping at everyone and everything." We get right in there to identify what may be happening "underneath the hood of the engine" that is driving this nasty side effect.

— Margaret Gavian, Psychologist in Anywhere In, MN

I work with individuals to understand the myths about anger, to break the anger habit, to learn how to monitor and manage anger, to identify events that trigger anger and to develop strategies to prevent anger.

— Stephen Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I specialize in effective anger management solutions to resolve conflicts and help calm the chaos affecting your emotional health. We’ll work together to develop positive coping strategies that will enable you to constructively express your anger and achieve resolution. Whether you seek individual, couples, or marriage therapy, together we can build a path toward healthier relationships and positive change. Don’t wait to get help.

— Dr. Carolyn Becker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Worth, TX

I am a Certified Anger Management Specialist from the National Anger Management Association. I have taught Anger Management in one on one settings as well as group settings.

— Melissa Foley, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Rocky Ford, CO

Self esteem issues, body image problems, self worth are all originating from early problems that were never addressed. By going to the core of the problem, we can fix the problem that keeps on weighing on the individual and help them find a solution. Digging deep is somewhat needed to understand where it all came from and find a treatment plan to allow the person to let go of the negative and focus on the positive. It is crucial to keep an open communication module between client and therapist

— Dr Dan Amzallag, Marriage & Family Therapist in Gaithersburg, MD

Through working with the prison population, the court-mandated population and while I was managing a homeless outreach program, anger was the first and foremost issue that needed to be addressed. Everyone handles anger differently, so over the course of 6 years I have gathered many ways to work on it, as there is no 'one size fits all' treatment.

— Megan Loos, Licensed Professional Counselor in chalmette, LA

I assist my clients to identify the triggers that may lead to their angry reaction and modify the inner thoughts and core beliefs that contribute to their difficulty managing their anger.

— Elsa Barkhordarian, Clinical Social Worker in Great Neck, NY