Anger Management Counselling in London and Online
Anger is a normal human emotion and can even be useful at times if channeled in a helpful way. However, when it becomes strong, frequent and lasts for a long time it can have a major impact upon relationships, studies, work and our general wellbeing. For these cases, we offer expert anger management counselling in London and online. Anger counselling, therapy or CBT, delivered by a trained psychologist, counsellor or therapist might be what you need to help you manage such a powerful emotion in a way which is not harmful. In this page you can find helpful information about anger issues and book with a counsellor or therapist to to start making a lasting positive change.
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What is Anger?
Anger is one of the many emotions we are equipped with since birth. Being angry is not always “bad”: our anger can be a signal that we feel hurt, and can emerge out of frustration, sadness or desperation. It can be helpful in motivating us to change and help us defend ourselves in dangerous situations. But it can also become a debilitating problem.
What are the Symptoms of an Anger Management Problem?
1- Physical Symptoms of Anger
- Increase in blood pressure
- Increase in heart rate
- Breathing quickens
These are experienced as a result of a stress response activated in the body when we feel angry
2- Behaviour Symptoms of Anger
- Road rage
- Raising your voice
- Hitting out (and other aggressive behaviour, which may include domestic violence)
- Aggressive body posture (standing tall, clenched fists)
- Moving towards the source of anger
These are often targeted in Anger Management Counselling, Therapy and CBT
3- Emotional & Cognitive Symptoms an Anger Issue
- Feeling and easily irritable and guilty
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Finding it difficult to focus or concentrate
- Finding it difficult to manage your thoughts
- Having thoughts of hurting yourself or others
- Feeling anxious or depressed
Following an angry episode we may feel guilty for our actions, we may feel low and consequently withdraw from others. Alternatively some people blame others for their anger and so may not have strong feelings of guilt.
What Causes Anger Management Issues?
Anger and Angry outbursts can be triggered by a variety of situations:
- When we feel threatened, when we are not being treated fairly, or when we feel disrespected and let down.
Some people can react more strongly compared to others in such scenarios. They can even be quick to come to (sometimes erroneous) conclusions about another person’s behaviour towards them. This is because those who react more strongly may have had difficult early experiences (e.g. been treated unfairly, criticised frequently, been let down) and such scenarios trigger upsetting memories. The person may not even be aware that upsetting memories have been triggered.
- Sometimes other difficult emotions underlie anger, like sadness and feeling hurt, anxiety and fear.
Some people may be experiencing high stress levels, anxiety and/or low mood and struggle to manage these emotions and what results is an expression of anger. At times people can feel angry towards themselves but instead they direct this anger towards another person.
- Alcohol and drug use can be another contributory factor to anger episodes.
Can Anger Management Counselling Help with Anger Issues?
The short answer is yes: psychological, talking therapies are effective in treating Anger Management problems. Several studies have demonstrated that whatever the type of therapy or counselling, there is a strong effect on the reduction of symptoms. In particular, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anger problems has shown a 76% success rate in reducing anger scores .
How many Anger Management counselling sessions do I need?
For some initial results to be seen when working with angry feelings, in terms of reduction in physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms, an average of at least 8 sessions is recommended. That is as little as two months of therapy on a weekly basis.
What does Counselling for Anger Management Difficulties Involve?
At Therapy Central, when working with anger, in counselling, therapy or CBT, our therapists can help you to explore what might be contributing to your anger and start by addressing this. We can help you to identify the triggers to your anger so that you can take action to manage your anger in a constructive manner before it escalates. It is possible to see some quick results.
Although it may feel that your anger is completely uncontrollable, our anger therapists, psychologists and counsellors can introduce you to coping strategies to use when your anger builds to help you feel more in control. Your anger therapist may draw upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which has been shown to be a helpful therapy approach to address anger. CBT for anger management will involve exploring with you what thinking patterns and actions keep your anger going and help you to make positive changes to these.
The diagram below is an example of a CBT vicious cycle for anger that we can support individuals to breakdown and reverse. With therapy for anger management you will feel more able to control your anger and bring more balance to your emotions and choice to your behaviour.
Anger Management Techniques and Tips to get you started
While you consider whether you need help through anger management therapy, we thought we would give you some tips to help yourself, or a loved-one, to deal with your anger issues and try to control your anger:
- Stop and reflect
Ask yourself: what has triggered my feelings of anger? What am I responding to? To what degree are my past experiences contributing to my current feelings? Can I separate these out from the current situation? Are my thoughts in proportion to the situation? What will the consequences be if I express my anger? What is the best thing for me to do right now? As a result your emotions will become less intense and you’ll be more in control of your actions.
- Deep breathing & relaxing
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly, make your breath out longer than you breath in. Perhaps count as you breath in and out to distract your attention somewhat away from the source of anger.
- Remove yourself from the situation
Move away from the context, leave the room or go outside and come back and address the situation once things are more settled and you feel the emotions are less intense.
- Get some fresh air
- Go for a walk or do some other form of exercise to use up the adrenaline released in your body
- Listen to music that you find helpful
- Scream into a pillow/punch a pillow (in a way which won’t hurt you!)
- Put your face in cold water
Our therapists specialised in Anger Management
All of our therapists are qualified psychologists, psychotherapists or counsellors registered with several professional bodies. These include the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as, BACP, UKCP and BABCP.
Our therapists use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative approaches tailored around your needs to help you deal with your unique challenges and reach your goals.
The Therapist l had was absolutely brilliant with me. He had patience with me and bit by bit l gained a little of confidence to try and get out and go on the buses.
He deserves an award and if l could l would in the beginning l thought how is this person going to get me back on public transport but he did he gave me the confidence l lost and now have back.
I will never forget him and what he has done for me. I wish him nothing but the best in his life.
My therapist was excellent. I highly recommend her and I am truly thankful for my sessions, I left feeling confident and positive.
The mental tools, systems and approaches I have been able to develop with her and use in my life have been hugely beneficial.
Thank you to all at Therapy Central.
The Therapist really gave me the space to talk and express my feelings and fears in a very comforting environment.
She was there not only to listen, but challenge my thinking, guide me during the uncertainty I was experiencing and give me useful and practical tips to improve my mental health and wellbeing. Highly recommended!
Working with the therapist has been a life-changing experience. Each session has been invaluable, helping me gain a good understanding of CBT methodology enabling me to incorporate ways to combat stress and anxiety in my daily life.
The Therapist shows that she really cares and has the ability to make you feel calm whilst discussing any personal issue.
Fees & Insurances
Therapy, Counselling and CBT sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually held at regular weekly time slots.
15 Minute initial
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Anger Management Counselling Session in London & Online
If you are looking for anger management therapy in Central London, at Therapy Central we can help you learn the strategies you need to start controlling your anger, understand its causes. As a result, you’ll be enabled to make the crucial changes to bring balance and fulfilment back into your life.
It’s not easy to recognise that you might have an anger management issue, but remember that you are not choosing to be angry, and thus it’s largely not your fault to feel the way you do. You are not alone.
Get professional help with Anger Management issues in London or Online today. Contact us for a free 15 min consultation with an Anger Therapist to see if our help would fit your needs. You can also get in touch via email at email@example.com or call us at (+44) 020 348 82797.
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What happens after I make an enquiry?
After receiving your enquiry, we’ll contact you to organise a FREE phone consultation. You will tell us more about your specific circumstances and needs and ask any questions you have. Then, if you want to proceed with therapy or counselling, we’ll match you with the therapist(s) with the best expertise to help you with your challenges and send you a list of their available appointment slots. If you’re satisfied with one of these, we can then go ahead and book your first appointment. You can also request to work with a specific practitioner, and, depending on availability, we’ll try to accommodate this.
What happens at my first appointment with the therapist?
Your first session will likely be different from future appointments. You and your therapist will get to know each other and will begin to build a working alliance. It will be a chance to have the confidential space to express your circumstances, feelings and thoughts and being listened to with depth, attention, empathy and without judgement. Your therapist will likely ask you more about your reasons for seeking therapy and any symptoms you’re experiencing. You may also be asked questions about your past and the history of your issues, as well as how they currently impact your life in the present. Finally, your first session may be a powerful place to discuss what you would like to achieve with therapy and agree on the length, methods, and treatment approaches.
Is online therapy effective?
If you choose online over in-person therapy, rest assured that this has been proven to be just as effective as regular face to face therapy, and in some cases, even more effective. Also, choosing online therapy brings additional benefits, for example, avoiding long waiting times, greater flexibility with appointments, and you won’t need to travel to our practice. You can enjoy online therapy from the comfort of your home.
How long the Therapy/counselling sessions last?
Therapy/counselling sessions last 50 minutes and are held at regular weekly time slots. On occasions, we can allow some flexibility. You can discuss this with your therapist.
Do you offer reduced rates/concessions?
We offer low-cost rates at £60 per session to people with a low income, unemployed, students and NHS workers. Please highlight in your enquiry if you would like a concession rate and how you qualify for this. Depending on the availability of our therapists, we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
We have a 48 hours no-fee cancellation policy. However, you will be charged for sessions missed without giving the full notice.
Our Practice in Central London
Our comfortable and confidential therapy rooms are conveniently located 3 min walk from Oxford Circus station, in Central London (see map below). Change starts with Talking!
Further Helpful Resources For Managing Anger:
Anger Coping Strategies PDF
Learn more about how CBT works
 Saini, M. (2009). A meta-analysis of the psychological treatment of anger: Developing guidelines for evidence-based practice. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online, 37(4), 473-488.
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