What is Anger?

Experiencing anger is a normal and natural emotional response to various situations, such as frustration or injustice. Anger can alert us to situations where our boundaries are being pushed and can motivate us to take action to make changes for the better. Moreover, expressing anger can promote greater authenticity and self-expression, enhancing our relationships with others.

However, when anger is intense, frequent, or difficult to control, it can become a problem that affects personal and professional relationships. Uncontrolled anger can lead to negative consequences such as physical harm and damaged relationships.

It is essential to be aware of when our anger becomes problematic and seek help to manage these feelings healthily. Recognising our triggers, learning healthy ways to control them, and seeking the right support can all be effective methods for managing our anger. With patience, self-care, and the right resources, we can learn to handle our emotions more constructively, leading to healthier and happier relationships.

At Leone Centre, therapy can be a great start in acknowledging that your anger has become challenging and a step towards regaining a sense of control. This can involve learning to ask for help, practising relaxation and mindfulness, finding healthy ways to express and release emotions, and exploring the causes. By taking responsibility for our anger and learning to manage it effectively, we can create a more fulfilling life for ourselves and those around us.

How can we tell when anger is a problem?

Being aware of the signs of anger problems is vital to identify when one may need help managing their emotions. Recognising these signs early on can help individuals seek the necessary support and resources to express their emotions constructively.

The signs of anger becoming problematic:

  • Frequent outbursts of anger or yelling
  • Feeling irritable or easily agitated
  • Physical aggression, such as hitting walls or throwing objects
  • Difficulty controlling angry reactions
  • Holding grudges or feeling resentful towards others
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches or increased heart rate
  • Isolation or withdrawal from social situations
  • Feeling like others are always at fault or blaming others for their problems
  • Difficulty in maintaining healthy relationships
  • Engaging in risky or self-destructive behaviour as a result of anger

What are the causes behind anger problems?

Anger problems can have a range of causes and often stem from a combination of environmental and psychological factors. Some common causes of anger problems include past trauma or abuse, chronic stress, low self-esteem, and poor communication skills. Individuals with certain personality traits, such as impulsiveness or a tendency towards aggression, may also be more prone to anger problems. Conditions such as substance abuse, sleep disorders, or chronic pain can also contribute to irritability and frustration.

Understanding the underlying causes of anger problems is an essential step towards developing ways to deal with anger. With the help of therapy, individuals can explore the root causes of their anger, identify triggers, and develop healthy methods to manage their emotions more constructively.

Below are some approaches for handling anger:

  • Use “I” statements to express feelings instead of blaming or attacking others
  • Learn assertiveness skills to communicate needs and boundaries effectively
  • Practice deep breathing or meditation when feeling angry
  • Take a break or step away from the situation to cool down
  • Engage in physical activity or exercise to release pent-up tension
  • Challenge negative self-talk and replace it with positive affirmations
  • Practice empathy and perspective-taking to understand the other person’s point of view
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs, which can worsen anger problems
  • Seek support from a counsellor or a support group to develop healthy ways to express emotions

Anger and counselling

Counselling can be a valuable resource for those struggling with managing their anger. This type of counselling can help individuals identify the root causes of their anger and improve their communication skills to prevent future outbursts.

Leone Centre offers different types of therapy to find the most suitable option for you and your needs. Our therapists will explore emotions, identify triggers, and practice healthy ways to express anger. Our therapists will also work with you to develop problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills to reduce the likelihood of future anger-related incidents.

Additionally, counselling can provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for individuals to express themselves, gain insights into their thoughts and behaviours, and develop greater self-awareness. With the help of a trained counsellor, individuals can learn to deal with their anger healthily, improve their relationships, and enhance their overall well-being.

How therapy can help with anger long-term:

  • It helps individuals develop ways to manage their anger
  • Increases self-awareness and recognition of triggers
  • Teaches skills for managing anger, such as relaxation techniques, communication skills, and problem-solving
  • It helps individuals develop emotional regulation skills to prevent future outbursts
  • Provides ongoing support and accountability
  • Helps individuals improve their relationships by improving communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Can address co-occurring mental health issues that may contribute to anger, such as anxiety or depression
  • Provides tools for maintaining progress and preventing relapse


Talk with a Leone Centre Professional

If you do feel like you need some help and support, our Leone Centre professionals are available 7 days a week. Call us on 020 3930 1007.

We can offer in-person appointments at our head office in Fulham and Kensington. We also service Victoria, Putney, Chelsea, Wimbledon, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, and City of London.

In addition, we offer Online Counselling appointments wherever in the world you are located, should this better fit around your existing commitments or if you are not able to attend an in-person appointment.

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