Anger management - 7 session course (21 hours) - Saturdays
This anger management course is designed for you if you at times feel out of control and say and do things you regret. It is to help you handle high emotions generally, such as feeling anxiety, shame, frustration, stress, upset and hurt.
What does the anger management course involve?
The anger management course involves:
- An initial 60 minute one-on-one consultation. The purpose is for you to get a feel for how I work and get started with your learning before your group course dates. It is also to enable me to assess whether I consider the programme is suitable for your needs and to get an idea of the particular issues you face.
- The group course itself. This is run in four blocks of four and a half hours each time, including breaks. The blocks are at least a week apart, to give you chance to integrate your learning between the classes.
- Three 60-minute one-on-one classes, each approximately a week apart, to consolidate and further tailor your learning.
The course starts on 5th November 2022. It will take place online on Saturdays from 10am - 12:30pm and from 2pm - 4pm on 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November 2022.
For other course dates and times, please see my website.
Who is the course for?
Whether you are concerned about the impact of the wounding and mean things you sometimes say; whether you’ve shocked yourself by being violent for the first time; or whether you consider yourself to be an angry person, anger management can help.
Anger management is often misperceived as being for scary, violent people; for men; for psychopaths; for people who are “not like us”, but in fact, it is to help with the normal, universal, human feeling of anger which so many of us were never taught to deal with and which is often internalised. It is to improve wellbeing and relationships. It is for people like you and me.
How does it help?
The anger management course will give you tools and techniques so that you don’t go from 0 to 60 in an instant. It will explain why we can behave aggressively when we’re angry or upset – what goes on in the brain, and what to do about it – so that you can feel in control of your anger rather than that your feelings are controlling you. It will provide methods to calm down and to release your anger in healthy ways, so you can have confidence you can stop saying things you regret and behaving in ways you feel bad about and have negative consequences for you.
To be useful, in my opinion, an anger management programme needs to go further than helping you to contain your temper. As Dr Laura Markham puts it:
“Emotions are useful, like indicator lights on a dashboard. If you saw a blinking red light in your car, you wouldn’t cover it up or tear out the wiring that caused it, right? You would listen to the information and act on it, for instance, by taking your car in for an oil change.”
We will, therefore, also look at what is causing your anger and what you can do about it. Preventing feeling angry is much easier than managing anger. And your anger is alerting you to the fact your needs aren’t being met. We’ll look at what changes you can make to live a life that suits you better; in which you’re more fulfilled and content. We’ll look at anger styles and, as part of this, what assertive behaviour looks like – how you can stand up for yourself without being aggressive.
What happens in the group classes?
The group anger management classes follow a programme of material. They cover relevant theory and are also practical. The focus is always on applying the course material to your situation. Time is spent together in the full group and in breakout groups. On occasion, there will be time set aside for you to complete a reflective or written exercise on your own.
You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do or share anything you don’t want to share whilst you are on the course. There will be a group agreement that anything shared is to be treated confidentially. The sessions will not be recorded.
During each group anger management class:
- There will be an opportunity for each member of the group to “check-in” – to say how you’re feeling and if there’s anything burning for you e.g. that you have a question arising from the last class.
- We’ll cover sections of the course material. There will be breaks.
- Before we check out, I’ll recommend things to do/practice before the next session – homework, if you will.
My aim is that you learn what you need to and, at the same time, that you enjoy the process. After initial anxiety, most people are soon telling me that they feel empowered and that they look forward to their classes. And they generally tell me they feel some sadness at coming to an end of the work together.
How to sign up
You can find more information about the course at stopseeingred.co.uk.
The course is for people living in the UK only for legal reasons.
The initial consultation is £80. I will refund the fee if I take the view the programme is not suitable for your needs. The combined cost of the group classes and the three subsequent 60-minute individual sessions is £640.
If you require concessionary rates, please get in contact with your circumstances and what you can afford.
I know how hard it can be to take the first step and seek help. However, after often anxious beginnings, most people, to their pleasant surprise, look forward to the sessions and make quick progress.
To sign up or for a short, no charge chat, please call me on 07974 442391 or email me email@example.com.
I am an anger management specialist psychotherapist. I’ve overcome my own anger management problem and want to help you do the same. I have more than 15 years’ experience of delivering anger management programmes, including for the “British Association of Anger Management”. I have appeared many times in the media to discuss anger management.