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Anger can be extremely dangerous, but treatable

by jmaloni
Thu, Jan 26th 2012 08:10 am

The Dale Association's Outpatient Counseling and Treatment Center in North Tonawanda is using new and effective approaches to people struggling with anger.

Anger management has become a trite label for many types of inappropriate behaviors in public, private and, more than ever, in the workplace, according to Center Director Trish Copeland.

Therapists at The Dale Association have created group therapy programs best suited for what is creating a physical, emotional and societal powder keg for many people.

"Anger is repressed depression, in many cases, and it is also a feeling of uncontrollable rage, hurt; of feeling disrespected, ignored, bullied; and fight or flight behaviors. In increasing numbers we see people who have lost personal control of a very controllable emotion. Anger is normal as it is necessary, but when it is not properly channeled, it becomes life-threatening. Physically, our body is racing, which means our blood pressure is likely elevated. We get tense and perspire. We search for solutions, but we don't see them, so we snap," Copeland said.

Anger is not a permanent disease; rather, an acceptable emotion when appropriately channeled or contained, she said. The center's groups meet weekly and are segmented by population and based on an initial assessment conducted by a center therapist. People who have been victims of anger and those struggling to address their anger might receive different therapeutic techniques and support. A group for corporate executives brings people with common environmental factors together to learn from each other.

"The initial screening and assessment process is critical to proper placement. Many of our group members are also receiving individual therapy. A willingness to change self-destructive behaviors is very important to a positive outcome," Copeland continued.

The groups are offered at the 89-B River Road office in North Tonawanda. Call 693-9961 for an initial assessment. Most insurances and Medicaid are accepted.

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