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Anger Management Therapy

Has your anger become a regular, heated conversation topic in your relationships? 

When it comes to facing this challenge, you are not alone. A study between 2020 and 2021 found that, on average, 23.9% of people in the United States had concerns regarding anger. At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, we are committed to solving unmet needs in our community. We understand the importance of anger management therapy in improving relationships. Our no-cost care assessment allows people to meet with a representative to determine the best care plan for their needs before they begin anger management therapy. We are here to support you as we collaborate with you and your doctor to create a personalized action plan based on your assessments. 

What We Treat: Anger

Anger is a normal human emotion like fear, happiness, disgust, or sadness. It is not wrong to experience anger or any emotion. People are allowed to feel anger just as much as they are allowed to feel happy. Usually, anger, like all emotions, comes and goes naturally. Sometimes you are happy, sometimes you are sad, and sometimes you are angry. But sometimes, people might need help managing their anger when they begin to act on those feelings in unhealthy ways.

What Is Anger Management?

Anger management teaches people the skills necessary to recognize and manage anger. During anger management, you will meet with a counselor who will teach you how to recognize when you are angry and help you develop skills and techniques that can allow you to respond in healthy ways. People who undergo anger management therapy will learn topics such as 

  • What causes anger
  • Problem-solving skills
  • How people express anger
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Communication skills

In some cases, unmanaged anger co-occurs with another disorder. If, during your assessment or treatment, your counselor determines that you are dealing with more than one condition, such as anger and a substance use disorder, you will receive treatment for both. 

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How We Treat: Anger Management Therapy

During anger management, you will discover where your anger comes from and what it looks like when you are angry. From there, you will develop coping skills that can help you when you notice you are angry. Coping skills include learning how to morph unhealthy thoughts into healthy ones, how to react appropriately when highly emotional, how to communicate with your anger in ways others will understand, relaxation techniques, and more. You will practice these skills during each anger management session. 

How long you stay in treatment depends on your treatment plan and how well you progress through treatment. Our mental health services at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware provide anger management therapy in both inpatient and outpatient programming. 

Inpatient Programming

At SUN Delaware, our inpatient anger management therapy is available for adults and adolescents who need stabilization or do not feel safe at home because of their anger. Inpatient is our highest level of care and can allow people to find security in themselves and their emotions before returning to their daily responsibilities and routines. On average, people will stay in our inpatient programming for anger management between 7 and 14 days. 

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Outpatient Programming

At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, we offer two levels of outpatient programming for adults: partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP). We do not currently offer traditional outpatient programming or IOP for adolescents. At this time, we provide adolescent PHP for anger management. 

PHP is the highest outpatient level of treatment and requires more extended hours and more frequent days, while IOP is shorter hours and less frequent days. PHP and IOP are available Monday through Friday at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware. 

Types of Anger Management Therapy at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

Several types of anger management treatment are available at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware. During your assessment, we will work with you, your doctors, your treatment history, and previous evaluations to determine the best combination of treatment programs for you. 

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Utilizing CBT in anger management proves beneficial as it aids individuals in controlling their anger and enhancing their problem-solving abilities within social settings. The purpose of CBT in anger management is to help people identify anger in their lives and provide techniques that help reduce the symptoms of anger. Topics in CBT typically include relaxation training, communication skills interventions, and cognitive interventions. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) offers support in managing emotions, such as anger. During DBT, you will learn how to accept your anger and change your reactions. Common topics for anger management during DBT include mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. 

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy enables individuals to explore the origins of their anger, develop healthy responses, and identify any detrimental patterns in their behavior while angry. This therapy focuses on the unconscious manifestation of anger and helps you understand where that anger comes from. Using psychodynamic therapy when treating anger can help build your self-esteem, improve your interpersonal relationships, and help you develop healthy strategies when anger comes. 

Group Therapy

Engaging in group therapy as part of anger management enables individuals to connect with peers who share similar experiences. Connecting with peers can alleviate feelings of isolation and foster understanding that reduces anger levels. The supportive atmosphere of group therapy enables peers to uplift and motivate each other throughout their anger management endeavors.

How to Tell if You Need Anger Management Therapy

When someone is living with chronic anger, they may experience conflict when it comes to their relationships, physical or emotional health, or even careers. The most common indications that you need help managing anger might include: 

  • Your relationships are suffering because you’re saying and doing things you regret
  • You are regularly breaking things, getting into fights, or lashing out at others
  • You’re spending the vast majority of your time resenting others
  • You often have a hard time controlling your moods
  • You’re isolating or participating in self-harm
  • Your career or work life is unstable as a result of your emotions or mood swings
  • You’re feeling your anger physically with tightness in your chest, clenching your fists, muscle tension, or teeth grinding

If you are experiencing any of these things, it might be time to consider your treatment options.

The Benefits of Anger Management Therapy

Many benefits exist when it comes to anger management, including a sense of empowerment. Anger concerns often make people feel like they have lost control over their lives and emotions. However, those who have completed anger management report that they have a better sense of control over their emotions. Once they can control their emotions, they can repair and enhance relationships in their personal lives and careers. 

People who have undergone anger management therapy will also report that their sleep has improved, and they no longer feel restless. Reduced anger can also benefit your health and make you less likely to develop physical disorders.

Getting Started with Anger Management Therapy

Anger is a normal emotion that can be healthy when managed properly. Attending anger management therapy can make it easier by providing you with the tools necessary to experience anger in a way that is healthy and safe for you and those around you. 

Located in Georgetown, DE, SUN Behavioral Health Delaware solves unmet needs. Sometimes, anger can be associated with other disorders, and addressing both at the same time can facilitate recovery. For more information, call us at 302-604-5600 . SUN Behavioral Health solves unmet needs. 

FAQs About Anger Management

What is the best therapy for anger management?

The best therapy varies from person to person. We will work with you and your doctors during your assessment to determine the best treatment plan for you when it comes to anger management.

How can I control my anger issues?

Controlling anger on your own can be challenging. Learning relaxation, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness can help you manage your anger healthily.

How do I stop anger outbursts?

Learning how to express your anger healthily can help prevent anger outbursts. 



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