Uncontrolled anger is damaging to the person who is living with it and those around them. Young people who struggle to manage their emotions can suffer serious consequences that negatively impact their health, well-being, and futures. The mental health treatment services at Kiwi Recovery include an anger management therapy program.
What Is Young Adult Anger Management Therapy?
Anger is a normal and sometimes appropriate reaction. Everyone feels angry at times, but most people are able to control their anger and express it in appropriate ways. Anger management therapy was designed to teach people how to improve their self-control and minimize stress when situations make them angry.
Depending on the client’s individual needs, a number of different therapies may be included in an anger management therapy program. Some of the most commonly used techniques include the following:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is based on the idea that people can change their behaviors by changing their thoughts. It is an empowering type of therapy, especially for teens and adolescents, because it teaches young people their emotions do not control them.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches coping skills and helps clients recognize their emotional triggers and how to cope with them in positive ways.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that helps clients learn how to cope with stress and regulate their emotions. It is frequently used with teens who have intense anger issues. DBT techniques help clients learn how to regulate their emotions, communicate more effectively, and increase their tolerance levels.
One child’s anger issues can impact the function of the entire family. Involving all the family members in therapy provides opportunities for everyone to improve their communication skills and work together to find solutions.
Who Needs Anger Management Therapy?
It can be challenging for a parent to recognize when their child needs professional intervention. Anger manifests in different ways for different people, and it’s not unusual for teens to overact with emotional outbursts from time to time.
Extreme responses are not “normal” behavior. Signs that your teen or adolescent could benefit from anger management therapy include:
- Physical responses, such as yelling, hitting, or destruction of property
- Emotional responses, such as feeling resentful or guilty and difficulty managing emotions other than anger
- Outbursts over minor irritations
- Loss of friend group due to behavior
- Self-harming behaviors, including substance use
Anger management teaches teens the difference between healthy anger and destructive anger. It is not necessary for a young person to have severe anger management issues before receiving therapy.
Benefits of an Anger Management Therapy Program
Giving young people the tools they need to stay healthy and safe are the main benefits of anger management counseling. Poor decision-making based on the inability to cope with stress can lead to health problems, relationship problems, and even legal consequences.
Other benefits of young adult anger management therapy include:
- Identifying personal triggers
- More positive thinking
- Improved coping skills
- Better stress management
- Improved communication skills
- Better problem solving
- Learning relaxation techniques
All of these benefits have the potential to improve a teen’s quality of life now and in the future.
Kiwi Recovery Offers an Anger Management Therapy Program for Teens
If your teen struggles with managing their emotions or if they have angry outbursts that are negatively affecting their life, young adult anger management therapy can help. Call Kiwi Recovery today at 617.751.6610 to learn more about how we can support your teen as they learn to cope with strong emotions and communicate effectively.