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The Clinic on Dupont Toronto

Anger Management Treatment

Anger can be a healthy, adaptive response to a threatening situation, but when it arises as an uncontrollable and frequent reaction to everyday stressors it can be destructive both to physical and emotional health, and to relationships at work and home. Anger can present itself as volatility, rage or irritability, but also as sarcasm or even apathy. Over the long term, difficulties controlling anger can result in feelings of guilt, anxiety and powerlessness, as well as physiological symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, digestive problems, and restlessness. As anger inhibits one’s ability to think rationally in stressful situations, it often escalates problems rather than resolving them. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a proven method for helping individuals to identify their triggers and to develop healthy coping strategies so that they are able to control their anger rather than the other way around.

Are you looking for help with your anxiety? Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) professionals are here for you. Call us at (416) 515-2649 to speak with one of our psychologists.

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Amy Kaiser Clinic on Dupont

AMY KAISER, Ph.D.

Stress, Depression, Women’s Issues, Interpersonal Conflict, Sexuality and Sexual identity, Health Psychology

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PATRICIA SPENS, M.Sc., C.Psych.

Stress, Depression, Addictions, Codependency, Couples, Families

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Danielle Schwartz psychologist

DANIELLE SCHWARTZ, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

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RICHARD BLOCH psychologist

RICHARD BLOCH, M.C., RP

Stress, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Anger, and Addictive Behaviour

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Brad Reimann addiction and stress psychologist

BRAD REIMANN, Psy.D., C.Psych.

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Psychosis, Adults

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Robin Foster depression and anxiety psychologist

ROBIN FOSTER, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Depression, Suicidality, Anxiety, Psychosis, Interpersonal Issues

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Angela Lachowski psychologist

ANGELA LACHOWSKI, PhD, C. Psych

Sleep, Stress, Women’s Health Concerns, Anxiety, and Depression

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JAMES WATSON-GAZE psychologist clinic on dupont

JAMES WATSON-GAZE, Ph.D., C.Psych

Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal Difficulties, Psychosis, Substance Use

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ANGER MANAGEMENT THERAPY IN TORONTO

Is anger normal?

Anger is a normal emotion all of us experience from time-to-time. Usually, it’s a healthy secondary emotional response to feeling hurt, victimized, insulted, scared, frustrated, or another negative emotion. However, when anger is out of control and becomes destructive, it’s a problem. At The Clinic on Dupont, our experienced anger management treatment team can work with you to determine whether your anger is a healthy response or is negatively affecting your well-being.

What is the prevalence of anger problems?

If you’re experiencing anger problems, you aren’t alone. Approximately 8 – 9% of adults experience anger issues.

Is an anger problem a mental disorder?

There isn’t a specific diagnosis for an anger problem. Instead, anger problems are often symptomatic of personal issues, a traumatic event, or a mental disorder for which anger is just one of the symptoms.

How does anger affect people's lives?

Frequent or uncontrollable anger can lead to increased stress and anxiety. This, in turn, can adversely affect your immune system and put you at increased risk for health problems or disease. Anger issues can result in problems at school or work, in relationships, and your personal life. At its extreme, anger increases your risk for rageful or violent behaviour.

Our anger management therapy in Toronto will help you gain control of your anger so you can experience a happier, healthier, more peaceful life.

What are the signs and symptoms of an anger problem?

Indicators of an anger problem include difficulty expressing emotions calmly or coming to compromise with others without becoming angry. Anger problems can lead to yelling, cursing, making threats, or acting aggressively or violently. On the other hand, some people with anger problems ignore or refuse to speak to others. Isolating oneself and self-harm can also be signs.

Substance abuse or addiction are often symptoms of an anger problem as well. Even if you don’t abuse alcohol, yet tend to become angry or violent when you do drink, this can also be a sign.

What causes anger problems?

Anger issues may result from family or relationship problems, financial issues, or other stressful or traumatic experiences. It can also be a symptom of an underlying mental health condition such as attention deficit disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, or one of several other conditions. Our results-oriented anger management counsellors can help you get to the root of your problem.

What methods are used in anger management therapy?

Our anger management counsellors will assess whether you have an underlying condition that’s causing your anger problems. If so, treatment for that condition will be an essential component of your treatment plan.

However, whether you have an underlying condition or not, your therapy will be based on an individualized approach. So it may also include one or more forms of anger management treatment to help you develop better anger management skills. These psychotherapies may include cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, or psychodynamic therapy.

How long does anger management treatment take?

Treatment time may be dependent on the underlying cause of your anger, among other variables related to each person. Typically, anger management therapy in Toronto lasts for 4 to 8 weeks, although in some cases it may take longer.

How much anger is normal in kids?

Occasional emotional outbursts and tantrums in children are a normal part of childhood development. However, if these behaviours are frequent, it might indicate a problem.

Others signs of anger problems in kids include tantrums and meltdowns after the age of 7 or 8; behaviour that’s dangerous to your child or others; problems at home, school, or with friendships resulting from your child’s anger; or anger that negatively affects your child’s self-esteem.

What methods are used in child anger management therapy?

Your child’s therapist will assess to determine whether an underlying emotional disorder may be causing your child’s anger or something else that’s causing your child distress.

At The Clinic, your child’s anger management therapy will be evidence-based and depend, in part, on the cause of your child’s problem. Our multi-disciplinary therapists will use one or more forms of psychotherapy to help resolve your child’s underlying issues and teach your child anger management skills.