Leslie McKenna, M.S., L.P.C.
Licensed Professional Counselor
254 9th Ave Dr. NE, Hickory, North Carolina 28601
My clinical approach in treating anger is informed by the precepts of Acceptance Commitment Therapy, where all inner experience is mindfully witnessed and accepted without avoidance or resistance. What clients do behaviorally is informed by fully explored life values, as opposed to "reacting" out of the difficult emotion. Clients learn that anger is a helpful emotion when channeled in a life affirming direction. They learn about the neurobiology of anger and how to build in a "pause" before behaving, so that they can choose the most adaptive coping solution, inspired by the more highly evolved places in the brain.
Christy Cole, MA, LPCA
Professional Counseling Associate
18805 W. Catawba Ave. , Cornelius, North Carolina 28031
It is impossible to avoid all things in the environment that incite anger such as people, things, and settings. However, you may learn how to control responses and change reactions. There are many causes such as perceived injucices, failures, or frustrations. Or it could even be an outside stressor such as loss of property, that leads to verbal arguments or aggression. It can even cause an increase in depressed mood. There is a clear path to recovery. In therapy, you will discover the triggers of your response and become aware of your emotional state at each step. This can significantly lower your risk of serious health problems.