Anger is a normal emotion that all people experience. It can range from annoyance to full-fledged rage. And while anger can be healthy, it starts to be problematic when it becomes a persistent, intense response to a wide range of daily events. At its extreme, anger can cause someone to feel out of control and negatively impact their relationships.
I work to help people understand the sources of their anger. Anger often signals unmet needs. As we are able to label those needs, I help people learn how to express them in more constructive ways. While the reflexive, aggressive expression of anger can be destructive, assertively expressing needs can actually bring people closer.
I have found that many people develop anger issues when they feel chronically misunderstood, criticized or undervalued. I strive to create a warm, nonjudgmental space in therapy, which can have a natural soothing effect on anger as we get to the heart of a person’s struggles.