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If you frequently experience anger, you already know that it can make you feel out of control. You may also have realised that your anger often ends up hurting you, just as it hurts those who are on the receiving end of your rage. Over time, excessive anger can threaten important personal and work relationships, damage your physical and mental health, and could even potentially culminate in encounters with the police. While your anger may usually be directed at others, you are also the victim of its destructiveness.

Anger hypnotherapy or counselling treatment may be a good place to start regaining control so you can potentially rebuild those relationships, find peace and happiness and be more confident in your ability to manage anger. The goal is not to ignore angry feelings or suppress reactions to them; but rather to be able to choose your responses more skilfully.

Bayside Psychotherapy offers treatment for anger-related issues either face to face or via a secure online connection. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, call us today on 9557 9113, or enquire via our online form.

In Defence of Anger

At its core, anger is a normal and natural emotion. It alerts you to perceived injustices or attacks. Suppressing all anger or pretending you don’t experience anger can be just as unhealthy as expressing it inappropriately. Failing to express anger merely turns your anger inwards — and that can lead to depression and other health problems, mental and physical.

The first step is to make an appointment by calling us on (03) 9557 9113. You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

During your initial session, we’ll gather information about your anger and discuss treatment options with you.

The duration of treatment depends on individual needs. After your first few sessions, we may have a better idea of how much the treatment is assisting you and how much further treatment you’ll need to make lasting changes in your life. Full participation and commitment on the part of the client are also essential to maximise the chances of long-term success.

Counselling for Anger Management

Therapy is a common method used to help people discover the root cause of their anger problems, identify the triggers, and learn how to gain control over their emotional responses. Our therapists offer a safe and confidential counselling environment where you can express your feelings without guilt or shame, in either face-to-face or online sessions.

You are unique and so is our approach to your treatment. Your treatment plan will be tailored to suit you as an individual. It may include a combination of methods including humanistic person-centred therapy, Buddhist mindfulness meditation exercises, existential therapy, or hypnotherapy. A combination of hypnotherapy and counselling may help in resolving excess anger and rage and may provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to manage your anger in the future.

Bayside Psychotherapy also offers a targeted anger management self-hypnosis MP3 that may complement your treatment.

Frequently Asked Question

Anger management is the method of learning to identify signs that you're becoming angry and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a productive way. Anger management doesn't try to keep you from feeling anger or encourage you to hold it in. Anger is a normal, healthy emotion when you know how to express it appropriately — anger management is about learning how to do this.

You may learn anger management skills on your own, using books or other resources. But for many people, taking an anger management class or seeing a mental health professional can be the most effective approach

While an ability to feel anger is an essential instinctual response, it’s likely you have an anger management problem if:

  • you become angry frequently
  • your level of anger is disproportionate to the provocation or trigger
  • anger causes you to harm or abuse others physically or emotionally
  • you harm yourself physically or emotionally by lashing out or trying to prevent lashing out
  • you become angry for no apparent reason.

The reasons behind excess anger vary and can include unprocessed grief, feelings of insecurity, shame, guilt, criticism sensitivity, low self-esteem, a loss of assertiveness and many other causes.

There’s little doubt that the cost of ignoring an anger problem will eventually become too high. Excess anger is likely to damage the relationships with those closest to you, and may also lead to sleep problems, increased heart rate, and stomach and digestive disturbances. There are also concerns that hostility may be a contributing factor in heart disease and some cancers. Can you afford to ignore your anger problem?

Our therapists are qualified and experienced in counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP and Buddhist psychotherapy. We have access to a variety of methods and tools that may assist you in managing your anger if you are willing to address your issues. In fact, we aim for more than mere anger management, which treats the symptoms. We aim to help you understand the source of your unique experience of anger.

However, this deeper process takes time. For this reason, our treatment is also designed to possibly provide you with strategies to better control your angry reactions as soon as possible. Anger isn’t an either-or, black-and-white feeling, it works on a continuum. It’s a bit like dropping a match in a dry forest. If you wait 3 minutes you’ll need to call the fire brigade. But if you catch it quickly enough, you can put it out quite easily. Our treatment aims to help you identify your feelings quickly, to give you more time to find better ways to respond. We try to teach clients how to recognise and anticipate situations where they are more likely to lose their temper so that they can prepare themselves to react appropriately.

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we will rely upon your commitment to and full participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain