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Anger management

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anger management

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anger management is a structured and effective approach that has been tailored by Gus’ colleagues, Clinical Psychologists Dr Steven Laurent and Professor Ross Menzies to address the challenges associated with excessive anger. Gus has been using their tailored approach to anger treatment for many years in his clinical practice. Anger, is a natural human emotion which can become problematic when it is felt too frequently, too intensely, or is expressed inappropriately. These anger problems can lead to numerous negative consequences, including relationship difficulties, workplace conflicts, and legal issues.


The approach developed by Laurent and Menzies employs CBT techniques to help individuals understand the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that contribute to their anger. Their work emphasises the importance of recognising the cognitive processes that can transform an everyday situation into an angry response for an individual. Central to their therapy is the concept that specific thoughts and beliefs influence emotions and behaviours and that by changing our thoughts over time and with practice, it is possible to manage our emotional responses and behaviours.


One key aspect of their method involves identifying the common cognitive distortions that lead to anger, such as “shoulding” (or the inaccurate and unhelpful application of rules to a situation), catastrophising, lack of empathy, not recognising the costs of anger and a failure of mindful engagement. By challenging and restructuring these distorted thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, individuals can start to see situations in a more balanced and less rigid manner, which reduces the frequency and intensity of anger episodes.


The benefits of treating anger through CBT, are substantial. Individuals who undergo CBT for anger often experience improved relationships, both personally and professionally. They report higher levels of general wellbeing and a better quality of life, particularly with loved ones, who are often those most affected by angry responses.


Ultimately, the CBT approach to anger management provides individuals with practical tools and strategies to understand and control their anger more effectively. This not only helps in mitigating the immediate negative impacts of anger but also contributes to long-term emotional resilience and healthier interpersonal interactions.


Gus has had a longstanding interest in anger treatment through his work co-supervising the PhD of Dr Laurent and in his ongoing work with Professor Menzies. Gus has treated a great many individuals suffering from anger related difficulties over the course of his career.

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