Anger Management Groups

Next Step Therapy has several Anger Management and Aggression/Violence Control groups. The exact dates and times will depend on the interest shown. If you are interested, please fill in Initial Enquiry Form and we will get back to you with some possible start dates. If you would like to explore your relationship with anger, please fill in the online and anonymous Anger Assessment Form

The groups are:

drum-anger-mngnmnt-tshirtAnger Out!  This is an anger management and aggression/violence control group for those whose anger is expressed outwards; is obvious and can be seen by others. The group will last for twelve sessions, will be held weekly and last for 105 minutes. The goal of the group will be to learn how to manage anger effectively and to begin the process of understanding and eventually resolving the emotional issues underlying your anger. The group will consist of Psychosocial Skill Learning, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy.

Anger In!  This is a group for those who internalise or ‘swallow’ anger or ‘bottle things up’. This type of anger is frequently not noticed nor seen by others. The result of this type of anger is that you are not heard and the consequences are shame, low self-esteem and depression, amongst many others. The group will consist mainly of learning the nature of anger not expressed. The group will last for between 8 and 12 sessions depending on group needs and dynamic. The goal of the group is to learn assertive communication and to begin the process of making peace with the past. Like the Anger Out! group, this group will consist of Psychosocial Skill Learning, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy with a strong emphasis on assertive communication and emotional literacy.

Mixed Anger Group. Depending on feedback from group members, we might form a separate mixed group comprising of both anger types.

Anger Management for Substance Misuse Clients. This Anger management for Substance Misuse Clients group is for those who have a diagnosis of Substance Dependence Syndrome and who are abstinent from all mood-altering substances for at least 90 days. The context of the group will be relapse prevention and an improvement in mental and emotional well-being as well as improved interpersonal, family and social interactions. For more information, please click HERE

The focus of the groups includes:

  • To learn to manage anger effectively and to stop violence or the threat of violence.
  • angerTo develop self-control over thoughts and actions.
  • To recognise your own angry feelings, however they are expressed.
  • To recognise what anger is and what it isn’t; to learn the myths about anger.
  • To understand what lies under the anger; what causes it.
  • To understand the various types of Anger In and Anger Out.
  • To understand the difference between anger, passive-aggressiveness, assertiveness, aggression, violence, threats, menace, hostility, sarcasm etc. In other words, the whole range of  frequently misunderstood ‘angry’ human sensations, thoughts, attitudes, feelings, emotions and behaviours, ranging from from homicide to suicide.
  • To learn about your needs and rights and what happens if these needs are not met.
  • To recognise anger cues, flashpoints and red flags. To learn ways to manage them.
  • To learn assertive communication skills.anger 5
  • To learn how to use ‘I Statements’ and subsequently be heard.
  • To learn and practice conflict resolution skills; how to ‘talk it over’
  • To explore and practice these new skills in your relationships.
  • To learn how to listen.
  • To OWN your anger by sharing specific incidences of anger with members of your group and inviting constructive compassionate feedback.
  • To learn how to give and accept appropriate feedback.
  • To learn how to name your feelings
  • etc, etc, etc

These are just some of the topics explored. I have a large repertoire of interventions and will tailor each group to the needs of the members.

If you are interested or want more information, please fill in the following form: Initial Enquiry Form

To explore the extent of your anger, please complete Current Anger Assessment Form