I am not sure what I type of help I need more. Whether it is anger management or a combination of therapy. I have a definite problem with deliberate anger and sudden anger, but I am not sure if it stems from underlying problems. What is the difference between anger management classes and therapy? Thanks
A: Anger management classes are usually short-term (6-12 sessions) and highly focused on learning about the causes of anger and the conditions under which anger occurs in your life. Typically there is a stress management or meditation component, and members of the group are taught coping strategies to deal with angry feelings and behaviors.
In contrast, most therapies will take a much broader view of the individual than dealing with the exclusive domain of anger. Typically, unless it is a short-term therapeutic approach, the number of sessions is longer, and behavioral, familial, social, and emotional reasons are often explored to understand their influence on your life.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 5 Aug 2011
Tomasulo, D. (2011). Anger management or combination of therapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 30, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2011/08/05/anger-management-or-combination-of-therapy/