Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anger starts by getting a commitment from the client that the level and/ or type of anger that they are experiencing or expressing are not desirable and that they wish to change it.
Often times, individuals are seeking to change the other person whom they blame for causing them to feel angry. In Cognitive Behavior Therapy for anger, I point out that it is THEIR own beliefs ABOUT what the other person did or said that is the basic cause of their anger rather than the specific action of the other person. While the other person’s actions may contribute to the anger, it is our view of what they did that results in if and to what degree we feel anger.
So, in the use of cognitive behavior for anger management, the first step is recognizing how we get ourselves upset. The second step is to examine these thoughts and see to what degree what we are thinking is exaggerated, distorted, false or just not helpful and then work on replacing the negative thoughts and beliefs with more positive ones.
I have found that this approach works well with most people of all ages and in a wide variety of situations. The methods within Cognitive Behavior Therapy are adjusted based on the age and level of understanding of the individual. As a result cognitive behavior therapy can be useful in working with children adolescents, adults and seniors.
In Palm Beach County and South Florida as well, I am one of just a few therapists who are certified as a diplomat in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In practicing in the Boca Raton area for the past 16 years, I have found that Cognitive Behavior Therapy can be helpful not only for anger problems but for a variety of emotional issues including depression, anxiety and much more.