Anger-management therapy often is misunderstood as an attempt to eliminate anger. But anger is a necessary and important emotion that has to be expressed at times, in a healthful way.
Many people who come in for treatment have difficulty expressing any feelings other than anger. This is where things get tricky.
Our goal is to guide clients to a healthier way of expressing anger.
Anger often conceals “vulnerable” emotions such as hurt, sadness, loneliness and fear. They too are essential emotions from the matrix of the human condition.
Expression of vulnerable emotions has come to be viewed as a sign of weakness. This misperception often can be tracked back to inadequate parenting, social norms and unintended conditioning. People often are encouraged to suppress and ignore these emotions.
Today, the mental health field is acutely aware of the importance of expressing loss, pain and fear. These emotions are integral to our emotional wellness.
Working with a therapist to develop a wider emotional palate can bring relief from emotional constriction as well as a reduction in shame. Treatment often brings out a sense of being alive that may have been lacking for a long time.
At Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers, we employ a collaborative approach to therapy. Together, therapist and client navigate the path to a greater sense of overall wellness. Contact us today and begin the journey.