Anger Management 101

Anger Management and Creative Counseling

Learn More Effective Anger Managment Techniques With Creative Counseling:

We all get angry from time to time. Even mental health professionals get angry. Most professionals have been trained in some sort of anger management technique.

I am sure that you have had many clients who have issues with anger management and come to you seeking help. Many people have issues with anger management and expect counselors and psychotherapist to help them solve their problems.

Sure, there is the basic anger management technique training program. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Count to Ten
  • Express Yourself / Talk It Out
  • Forgive and Forget
  • Exercise
  • Use "I" Statements
  • Relaxation Techniques

While these are wonderful ways to help people deal with anger they often scratch the surface and ignore how deep the anger is within the person.

I find counting to ten does not work for myself, or my clients. I don't even suggest it to them anymore. I feel silly even saying, "Try counting to ten."

Often, when we talk it out we get even more frustrated. When we try to express ourselves to the other person we are angry at they get angry and the situation may get worse.

"I" statements work sometimes, but often sound "staged". I try to avoid them unless I have to set a strong boundary with someone.

Exercise is wonderful and it is a great way to reduce stress. We should be doing this every day, especially when we are angry.

Relaxation techniques are soothing to the brain stem (reptilian brain) and should also be used in conjunction with exercise.

So how does one get "creative" with anger management techniques to truly help our clients?

If you are ready to leave the "surface" and get to the root of anger go to the next page anger management skills.

Your clients will thank you and won't be saying to themselves, "Is this all you've got?", or "Is this all there is to counseling?"

Instead, they will be thanking you for helping them cope and deal with anger management in a healthy and creative way.

Other Anger Management Creative Techniques & Activities:

Try these activities for anger management with yourself or with your client. The Tower Activity comes with a free worksheet for your clients to use to deal with their anger issues.

The angry tornado is a fun way to "bottle your anger" with a recycled bottle, red food dye, water, and soap. This "make and take" therapy activity is ideal for all ages!

See all the links below for free anger management activities to try! 

Anger Management Affirmation Chart 

Anger Management Angry Tornado Activity 

Anger Management & Art Therapy Crinkled Paper Technique 

The Angry Little Gingerbread Man 

Free Printable Anger Management Chart 

The Tower Anger Management Activity 

Anger Managment to All Examples Page 

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Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.

*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed  mental health professional immediately.

"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.

For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.

Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.

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