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How Can Psychotherapy Help With Anger?

Psychotherapy, or counseling as it is commonly referred to, can be beneficial with a wide variety of things. Managing emotions, traumatic events, and even mental illness can all be helped with psychotherapy. Therapists work with their patients in several ways including, but not limited to, talk therapy, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), meditation, breathing techniques, relaxation strategies and so much more.

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, by definition, is “a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties.” (www.psychiatry.org) Typically the therapist provides a safe and controlled method of using talk therapy to help their patients work through their emotions surrounding a particular event in their lives. While therapy can have a certain stigma surrounding it, this shouldn’t intimidate you from trying it out. Many people report feeling an improved quality of life, better sleep, enhanced relationships, and more.

Working Through Anger

Anger is a complex emotion, and when left untreated it can fester and grow to the point that it will take over your daily life and cause you to feel stressed and unhappy. Specific events such as the death of a loved one or just a traumatic event in your life can lead to having residual anger. Psychotherapy can help by giving you an outlet and a way to work through that anger in a healthy manner. Anger that isn’t dealt with can lead to harmful coping mechanisms such as abusing drugs and alcohol in order to feel better temporarily.

Is Psychotherapy For Anger Right For Me?

If you’re experiencing anger that seems to be affecting other areas of your life and keeping you from being truly happy, then psychotherapy might be a great option for you. Research the various options that are available to you and make the best choice for your health. Do not feel compelled to settle for the first option either, as it is important to find the right fit for you, your personality, and your needs. The therapist you choose should be someone that you feel comfortable talking to, so if your first appointment doesn’t feel right then don’t feel obligated to stay with that specific therapist.
If you’re not sure if psychotherapy is right for you, then talk to your doctor and see if this is a viable option for you. Taking care of your mental and emotional health is crucial to your health as a whole, and psychotherapy is just one option that could make a big difference in your life.

Therapy Sessions

Therapy may be individual, as a  family or couple, or sometimes in group setting. Session are available for both children and adults and they are typically held once a week. Both the patient and the therapist need to be actively involved in the treatment. The trust and relationship between a person and his/her therapist is essential to successful and effective psychotherapy.

depending on the individual, sessions may be short-term (a few sessions), just to work out pressing and immediate issues, or long-term (up to months or years), if the patient is dealing with longstanding and complex issues, and both the patient and the therapist believe the long-term sessions are helping. The goals of treatment and arrangements for how often and how long to meet should be planned and agreed jointly by the patient and therapist.

Confidentiality is always a basic requirement of psychotherapy so this is a safe place to bond and share topics that may otherwise be difficult to discuss with personal friends or family.

Research shows that approximately 75 percent of people who enter psychotherapy show some benefit from it. and experience symptom relief.  Psychotherapy has been shown to improve emotions and behaviors and studies show a definite link to positive changes in the brain resulting in patients feeling better both phsically and mentally and thus able to function better and  enjoy their lives.

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