As a licensed psychologist, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and licensed substance abuse provider, Dr. Gross provides anger management counseling and court ordered drug therapy to individuals in the district and circuit courts in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County. Dr. Gross works closely with judges, probation officers, and school counselors. Her office is conveniently located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. The spectrum ranges from a little annoyance to emotional and physical rage. When anger gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems at work, in personal relationships, and in the overall quality of life.
Anger management counseling helps individuals deal with anger. People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with their angry feelings, and expressing them in an assertive—not aggressive—manner is the healthiest way to express it.
Anger management helps individuals learn how to make their needs clear and get them met, without hurting others. Being assertive doesn't mean being pushy or demanding; it means being respectful of yourself and others.
Anger turned inward may cause hypertension, high blood pressure, or depression.
Unexpressed anger can create other problems. It can lead to pathological expressions of anger, such as passive-aggressive behavior (getting back at people indirectly, without telling them why, rather than confronting them head-on) or a personality that seems perpetually cynical and hostile.
Anger management counseling helps individuals learn to understand themselves and the strategies to calm down inside. Anger management is not just controlling outward behavior, but also controlling internal responses, taking steps to lower your heart rate, calm yourself down, and let the feelings go.
Anger management counseling helps individuals discover what triggers their anger and develop strategies to keep those triggers under control.
Anger management strategies include:
- Relaxation (yoga, mindfulness, meditation, sleep, music)
- Cognitive restructuring (changing the way you think)
- Problem solving
- Life skills
- Practicing gratitude
(American Psychological Association, 2015)
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