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

Anger is a great communicator! Learn to befriend anger in yourself and your children.

— Maria Arias, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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 normal part of the human emotional experience. Throughout our day-to-day lives we encounter things that will upset us. I stress to my clients "I will never tell you it is not okay to be angry, what matters is how you handle that anger." I work with clients on developing techniques to manage anger that can lead to decreases in outbursts and increased positives in interpersonal relationships.

— Cullan "Eik" Eikenberry, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Everything irritates you. You don’t want to be irritated–you just are. Drivers piss you off, not being able to relax, and relationships. You deserve peace. Mood disorders, anxiety, brain injury, or some other issue may be contributing to your anger, but whatever the cause, it is a brain thing. Neurofeedback will help calm the central nervous system and your brain.

— Lisa Taylor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Northfield, MN

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

It might seem that your anger takes control - and sometimes it does. Rather than try to push the anger away by force, there is a way to actually listen to what it has to say. Turns out, anger - like all strong emotions - really wants to be heard. When we do that, it opens up new ways to work with the anger and leads to a new relationship with the angry parts of you. As this relationship develops, the anger quiets down and it gets easier and easier for you to work with it, not against it.

— Paul Abodeely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

I am a certified AMTP (Anger Management Treatment Professional). This is the fastest growing area of my practice. We live in a very angry world and many people just are not doing or coping with this reality. We will learn science based research and practical techniques for relieving this often destructive emotion.

— Chad Welch, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Swansea, IL

Anger can arise from many different sources. In our society, we are taught to stuff emotions and when we don't acknowledge them and work through them, the emotions can re-emerge at a later date, often in inappropriate ways. When clients meet with me we discuss how they are currently exhibiting anger as well as when they first started having anger outbursts. Often, the origin may be years or even decades old. When that initiating event is worked through, the anger can be released.

— Diana Sturm, Counselor in ,

Everything irritates you. You don’t want to be irritated–you just are. Drivers piss you off on the way home from work, and when you get home you just want to relax, but the kids are fighting. . . again. You deserve peace. You may have a mood disorder, high anxiety, brain injury, grief, or another disorder contributing to your anger, but whatever the cause, you need to get your brain working to control your anger. Neurofeedback will help calm the central nervous system and your brain.

— Lisa Taylor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Northfield, MN

Underlying emotions are identified with intent to recognize triggers that cause anger outbursts.

— Janelle Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Have you been told that you need to learn to control your anger or has it gotten you into trouble at home, work or school? Using CBT (Cognitive-Behavior Therapy) and MI (Motivation Interviewing), I can help you learn to control your anger response and also lessen the amount of anger you experience internally. I've never heard anyone say, "I sure wish I could be angry more often." Now is the time to to work on this issue once and for all!

— Tricia Norby, Counselor in Madison, WI

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

Anger can be a destructive emotion when it feels out of control. Our 12 week approach to anger management can help you address anger problems in both individual and group therapy.

— Cody Mitts, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

Most of my professional experience stems from working with young men who are very angry. I quickly realized that anger is a secondary emotion. In other words... there are emotions that usually happen right before we become angry (disappointment, rejection, grief). Sometimes, angry is more socially acceptable to show than the other emotions. So in my work with anger, it is important to see what's going on underneath the anger, and to work with that directly in order to find healing.

— Adam Klaybor, Clinical Social Worker in Bend, OR

Things that used to result in little arguments that could be brushed away now become big fights. You may have begun to feel isolated and alone even when surrounded by people. Your loved ones comment on how “on edge” you always seem to be. Everything seems to set you off. In therapy, we can work on further developing skills to assist you in dealing with situations that trigger your anger. By addressing the things that set off the anger, we can improve the quality of your relationships.

— Coral Sanchez, Associate Professional Counselor in Newport Beach, CA

Anger has been my biggest one to date. From children to adults. I have helped them all. One of my specialty is using the technique called Parent Child communication training. It works on the anger within everyone.

— Ledora Yerks-Birdlow, Licensed Professional Counselor in Harvey, LA

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

Graduate training in conflict analysis and effective communication. I help clients break down seemingly complicated and automatic processes down to uncover the truth and discover the significant steps leading out of the grip of anger.

— Marlena Butler, Therapist in Murfreesboro, TN

This is a love note to people who don't know where their anger is coming from and don't know what to do to stop it. It's for people who don't like to see how their anger is affecting their relationships or their productivity. They don't like to get angry and they want it to stop. I can definitely help!

— Barbara Maulding, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Algonquin, IL