Anger management group therapy?
Originally Published: July 17, 2009
It has come to my attention over the last several months that I have an pretty signficant anger management problem that must be addressed with professional help.
Do you know of any anger management groups in New York City? Or, could you recommend a resource that could help me locate a group for anger management?
I am already in individual counseling, but I believe that I would benefit from the group dynamic.
First off, props to you for taking the initiative to address your anger problems head-on. Hopefully the individual counseling has helped you begin to manage your anger in a healthier way. As you mentioned, many people find that group therapy, in addition to individual counseling, is useful in dealing with anger issues.
One easy way to find an anger management group is to ask your current therapist for a referral. Since your therapist is familiar with your history and anger issues, s/he will be able to help you find a group that meets your needs. As another option, you may want to talk with your therapist about alternative treatments in your individual counseling. For example, there are a variety of approaches to anger management including interventions focused on relaxation, cognitive processes that trigger hostility, social skills, or a combination of these techniques. If you're not fully satisfied with your current counseling, it may be worthwhile to explore other potential treatment methods.
If you are a Columbia student, you may be interested in individual or group therapy at Counseling and Psychological Services. Although CPS does not offer a specific anger management group, the Tolerating Distress group may be helpful. This group helps participants build skills to manage emotions, tolerate stress, improve relationships, and increase self-care. For more information about counseling services and groups, you can contact CPS at x4-2878.(CPS).
Off-campus, there are several therapy groups that deal with anger management in the New York City area:
Midtown Marriage and Family Therapy
Men's Anger Support Group
The Consultation, Training, Psychotherapy, & Psychotherapy Referral Service
Anger Management Classes
It's not unusual to try one or more groups (or therapists) before finding the one that is most helpful to you. Perhaps asking around, making a few calls, and exploring all of your options will help you find the solution you seek. Best of luck finding a counseling style that works for you!