Sara Dungan, MEd, ALC, NCC
Associate Licensed Counselor, Divorce & Family Mediator, Parenting Coordinator
1740 Oxmoor Rd, Ste 220, Birmingham, AL
I believe anger is a natural emotion. Very natural. However, my counseling experience has shown me that often at a deeper level of anger is sadness (hurt) or fear. Anger seems to just be a symptom. When clients experience anger, I want them to go deeper and try and understand what else are they really feeling. Are they afraid of rejection? Are they afraid of being alone? Are they sad? Are they hurt that someone was selfish or mean? I believe as a culture we do a very poor job teaching our children how to deal with their anger. Often children are shamed for expressing anger, because they have not been taught how to express it in a healthy way. They are healthy ways to express anger.
Jane N. Geiger, M.A., D.Min.
Counselor, Coach, & Mediator
2920 18th Street South, Birmingham, AL
Anger work is, at a much deeper level, the healing work of loss, blocked goals, unjust treatment, unhealed pain, or other deeper issues. For people of faith, God's Word is clear, "Be angry, and do not sin it it." The FEELING of ANGER is not a sin. Many of my clients receive immediate relief and freedom when this truth is applied to their lives. I encourage my clients to allow the feelings to emerge, be honest about the roots of pain, and uncover the either overt style of expressing anger OR the covert (more Southern) style of Passive-Aggressive anger so that a life of peace may be achieved. Peace is possible. Peace is powerful. Grace for all who feel angry. Peace is on the way!
Beau Armistead, MA, NCC, LPC
Within Driving Distance of Birmingham, AL
Anger is a perfectly normal and even healthy emotion. When we lose control of our anger is when it becomes problematic. Out of control anger can quickly lead to trouble in our personal and professional lives and even lead to legal problems. Understanding where your anger is coming from and how to effectively deal with it is important for people who consider themselves "hot headed". I would like to help you through the process of discovering the roots of your anger and finding the tools that will be helpful in dealing with anger on a daily basis.