Anger Management Education
Since 1994, Bernard Golden has provided education and psychotherapy related to anger management throughout the Chicago area. His goal is to help you overcome your destructive emotions by cultivating “healthy anger”. Following practices in healthy anger will allow you to improve your relationships with loved ones, at work, in your daily life, and with yourself.
Basic Anger Management
Although he no longer offers classes, Dr. Golden does offer individual sessions that present a model to help understand and constructively manage anger. These consist of 4-6 sessions focused on identifying skills that individuals can effectively learn to create a moment of “pause” that is essential for constructive anger management. This is not psychotherapy.
Individual Psychotherapy and Counseling
Anger often stems from stress and a variety of factors. Individual psychotherapy and counseling can offer increased understanding of the roots of anger, how it can serve as a distraction from and reaction to other negative feelings such as disappointment, shame, anxiety, depression, and feeling “less than”. Bernard Golden understands this, and is available to meet with you in a one-on-one session to help you better recognize the unique issues surrounding your experience of anger.
Teaching You the Benefits of Practicing Healthy Anger
Anger is a natural emotion for all humans. In some cases, anger can be a good thing, and can protect you, your relationships, and the way you interact with the world. Learning to practice these positive forms of anger is an important step in your management, and can help you with the following:
- Calm Your Body in Order to Calm Your Mind
- Become Less Reactive to Your Thoughts and Feelings
- Recognize Key Thoughts and Thinking That Make You Vulnerable to Anger Arousal
- Identify and Sit with Negative Feelings without Impulsively Acting on Them
- Recognize Key Desires That Are behind Your Anger
- Increase Your Connection with Yourself: Your Feelings, Thoughts and Your Body
- Develop Communication Skills That Are Assertive Rather than Aggressive
- Recognize and Alter Expectations That Make You Vulnerable to Anger
- Learn to Recognize and Reduce Feeling Threatened When No Real Threat Exists
- Recognize the Role Shame, Anxiety, and Depression May Play in Destructive Anger