Do you ever get so angry that you want to lash out, shout or throw something? Do you find yourself screaming at your loved ones? Are you feeling irritated, tense and unable to relax?

If you feel like you have an uncontrollable temper, it may feel like there's nothing you can do. But this is not true. Research shows that talking therapy is an effective way to take control of your anger.

If anger is affecting your daily life, you can take steps to address it. With professional help, the results of learning anger management can be life-changing. Similarly, if you are suffering from symptoms of repressed anger, therapy can help.

Therapy and counselling for anger issues

We all feel angry at some points in life. It is our body’s way of telling us to prepare for situations we perceive as threatening. But when anger is dealt with poorly or allowed to swing out of control it can disrupt your relationships, career, mental health, and your ability to achieve your goals.

Online therapy can help you to explore and understand the causes and triggers of your anger and to find more helpful ways of channelling your emotions. Therapists offer a safe, private, non-judgmental space for you to find new ways of managing your anger.

Read more about the signs and symptoms of anger here.

What are the most effective therapy types for anger issues?

In most cases, some counselling, therapy or psychotherapy for anger is recommended. It's important to have a safe, supportive environment to learn to understand your anger, spot your triggers, and learn new ways of expressing your emotions. Your therapist may use a specific approach to help you tackle your symptoms, or they may combine several approaches to best suit you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one therapeutic approach that can help you to identify any thoughts causing your feelings and emotions and to learn new techniques to manage your anger in these situations.

Anger management counselling helps you to handle your anger in a way that is productive and doesn't harm you or others. It can involve recognising your triggers for anger, knowing the signs you are getting angry, and then being able to take actions to help you react in more helpful ways. It is useful for anyone whose anger has caused them problems in their life. You can read more about anger management techniques here.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy can be helpful given that anger issues usually have connections to childhood experiences. Unlike CBT, this therapy does not involve structured exercises or homework. Instead, you will focus on exploring the roots of your anger and processing the anger you feel so that you can respond more freely to situations in the present.

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