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Anger management therapy in Chicago

Anger is a basic emotion that helps us know when something is wrong, when something has hurt us, or when something threatens our safety. With Depth Counseling’s therapy for anger management Chicago area residents can begin to address the challenges anger presents in their lives.

What causes anger?

Much like joy, fear, excitement, or sadness, anger is a natural emotional experience. The human body has perfected the art of responding to its environment, and in many ways our emotions act like a sensory organ that informs us about our world. 

Anger is a basic emotion that helps us know when something is wrong, when something has hurt us, or when something threatens safety (see Williams, 2017). Although all of us experience these feelings from time to time, anger can sometimes lead to unhealthy or disruptive behaviors. We try to cope with our anger by yelling or acting out or numbing through drinking or television. This creates a cycle of pain, rage, and avoidance.

Rage -> Pain -> Avoidance

Some common warning signs of anger issues include:

  • Irritability (particularly in children)
  • Frequent conflict with others
  • Difficulty expressing anger or other emotions
  • Recent loss or major life event
  • Making threats
  • Physical aggression
  • Self-harm
  • Easily upset by stressors
  • Patterns of relationship ruptures

Over time, problematic anger can lead to serious social and health related consequences (Deffenbacher et al, 1996; Krantz & McCeney, 2002; Chida & Steptoe, 2009), and so finding help is critical. For example, people who experience anger problems tend to have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), high blood pressure, interpersonal problems, and isolation.

We know how difficult the cycle of anger can be, and we know that finding help is also difficult. If you have noticed struggles with anger in your life, do not wait. Contact Depth Counseling today—and let us begin the healing process together. We specialize in helping adults and families address anger through psychotherapy and collaborative support.  Our team of therapists can help you learn effective coping skills while also developing a deeper understanding of yourself.

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How can therapy help my anger?

Psychotherapy (also called therapy or counseling) is the most effective treatment option for managing anger issues (DiGiuseppe & Tafrate, 2003). Mental health professionals are trained to help people like you identify the roots of your anger, develop a sense of curiosity and self-compassion, and learn new ways of responding to stress and hurt through anger management counseling techniques. Psychotherapy services are completely confidential and primarily held one-on-one between you and your therapist. This provides a safe space for you to be your authentic self without worry of judgment or shame.

In addition to learning effective coping skills, such as mindfulness and affect regulation, your experience in anger management psychotherapy should be one of self-discovery. Psychodynamic therapists, such as those here at Depth Counseling, focus on your issues in the context of your personality and unique life story (McWilliams, 1994). Do not let anger continue to bring stress and grief to your life. At Depth Counseling, you can receive anger management help to find healing. 

How can Depth Counseling help?

We offer individual and couples counseling services for adults and families in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding area. Anger therapy sessions are entirely confidential and held in the comfort of our offices in Ravenswood, the Loop and Hyde Park. Once you connect with us we can schedule your first appointment with one of our providers based on fit and availability. We deeply value the therapeutic relationship, and we strive to demonstrate that value to each of our clients.

As you meet with your therapist, you will notice:

  • Increased awareness and control
  • Deeper introspection and self-curiosity
  • Insight regarding potentially harmful life patterns
  • A greater understanding of your unique personality
  • Decreased feelings of stress
  • Improvements in social relationships
  • Feelings of compassion and forgiveness

Each of our therapists is dedicated to providing a safe space where you can explore your psychological world. We are passionate about serving our community through thorough anger management treatment and diagnosis, empathic understanding, and client-centered care.

If you have difficulties with anger, anxiety, depression, or trauma, Depth Counseling can help. Do not just wait for things to get better—contact us today.

References

Chida, Y., & Steptoe, A. (2009). The association of anger and hostility with future coronary heart disease: a meta-analytic review of prospective evidence. Journal of the American college of cardiology53(11), 936-946.

Deffenbacher, J. L., Oetting, E. R., Lynch, R. S., & Morris, C. D. (1996). The expression of anger and its consequences. Behaviour Research and Therapy34(7), 575-590.

DiGiuseppe, R., & Tafrate, R. C. (2003). Anger Treatment for Adults: A Meta‐Analytic Review. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice10(1), 70-84.

Krantz, D. S., & McCeney, M. K. (2002). Effects of psychological and social factors on organic disease: a critical assessment of research on coronary heart disease. Annual review of psychology53(1), 341-369.

McWilliams, N. (1994) Psychoanalytic Diagnosis. Guilford Press, New York, NY.

Shedler, J. (2010). The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. American psychologist65(2), 98.

Williams, R. (2017). Anger as a Basic Emotion and Its Role in Personality Building and Pathological Growth: The Neuroscientific, Developmental and Clinical Perspectives. Frontiers in psychology8, 1950.

Interested in Depth Counseling?

We would love to hear from you. Click here if you would like to learn more about our services or schedule to begin your first therapy session! Our team of compassionate providers is dedicated to providing you with the utmost quality of care for your mental health needs.

Some of our areas of specialty include:

Our Chicago offices are located in Ravenswood (2650 & 2656 West Montrose Avenue, 60618), and the Loop (122 South Michigan Avenue, 60603) in Chicago, Illinois. We serve adults and families from all over the Chicago area and beyond, including Evanston, Cicero, Hammond, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Arlington Heights. If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like help finding our offices, please let us know!

In Texas, our offices are based in Austin and Houston, and our clinicians offer therapy exclusively via telehealth.

About Us

Click here to learn more about our fantastic team of mental health clinicians. Our providers offer specialty services in both individual and couples counseling. In addition to psychotherapy, we also offer the chance to engage in Psychoanalysis—a specific long-term and intensive treatment model. Our practice draws heavily from Psychodynamic theory, which has been shown to be incredibly effective through multiple research efforts (see Shedler, 2010).

It’s not just in the name—Depth Counseling is about moving beyond basic counseling techniques to understand deeper parts of your psyche. Get more out of your treatment, and experience the healing power of Depth Counseling.

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