Anger is a normal and healthy emotion. However, it can sometimes lead to problematic behaviors that impact many aspects of our lives and our relationships.
1) The first step of therapy or anger management most typically addresses the following areas with an integrative cognitive behavioral (CBT) approach:
Identification of situations or circumstances in your life that lead to problems
Awareness of your thoughts and emotions surrounding anger triggers
Awareness of appraisals or interpretations of situations and the intentions of others
Acknowledgement of inaccurate, negative thought patterns/ cognitive distortions or appraisals
Relearning a healthier, positive thought pattern and realistic appraisal of stressful or triggering situations
Using strategies to engage and use new knowledge and understanding to allow for a range of healthier adaptions to conflict and stress.
2) The second step of therapy involves a slightly more nuanced exploration focused on the underlying causes of anger, such core beliefs and views that support negative and biases appraisals as well as self-esteem. Likewise, therapy may also focus on healthy expression of anger and other emotions, such that you can change your relationship to anger and broaden your ability understand your emotions.