Having some anger is usually normal and can be beneficial as it can motivate us to find solutions. Too much anger can cause us to say or do things that harm others or ourselves. Common triggers for anger include: feeling threatened or attacked, feeling frustrated or powerless, being invalidated or treated unfairly, and when others are not respecting our feelings or possessions. Angry outbursts can happen towards a specific person, an event (ex. traffic), or internally at oneself.  There are physical and emotional symptoms that occur with anger including:

  • Chest tightness
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Weakness in legs
  • Tense muscles
  • Upset stomach
  • Feeling hot, sweating, shaking or trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tense
  • Feeling guilty
  • Being easily irritated
  • Feeling humiliated

Anger can be a signal to other emotional issues and has been linked to sadness, grief and loss, poor self-assertion, and poor emotion regulation. If you feel your anger has been controlling you, and your relationships have been impacted negatively, psychotherapy can help manage anger.

At The Therapy Centre, we help adolescents and adults effectively manage anger through a variety of approaches, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Mindfulness based strategies.