It's not easy to deal with anger issues. You may feel like you're constantly on edge like the smallest trigger could make you lose control. Unfortunately, losing control in the wrong circumstances could cause you to be accused of domestic violence and possibly even have a restraining order against you.
The good news is that there are scientifically validated therapies available to help you manage your anger effectively. And in many cases, taking active steps to bring your anger issues under control can go a long way toward getting your restraining order ultimately vacated. Let's talk about some forms of therapy that are scientifically proven to be highly effective with anger management.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Perhaps the most commonly used therapy for dealing with anger, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people to understand the thoughts and beliefs that contribute to their anger. Once these thought patterns are identified, CBT can help people to change them so that they're more constructive and less likely to lead to angry outbursts. CBT is particularly effective with anger management because it focuses on changing negative behaviors by identifying and changing the thought processes behind them.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
With dialectical behavior therapy, people learn skills to deal with the intense emotions that can lead to anger. DBT focuses on four main areas: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. By learning these skills, people with anger issues can better manage their reactions to the stressors in their life, which can lead to fewer outbursts of anger. DBT has also proven to be highly effective in treating PTSD, which often is a trigger for aggressive behavior.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a type of therapy that's often used to treat trauma. It can also be highly effective for people with anger issues, particularly if those anger issues are rooted in some sort of trauma or abuse. EMDR helps people to process and work through the emotions associated with their trauma so that they can deal with them in a healthier way. This can lead to a reduction in angry outbursts and help people to develop healthier coping mechanisms.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on exploring the unconscious mind and understanding how past experiences are affecting present behavior. This type of therapy can be helpful for people with anger issues because it can help to uncover the root causes of their anger. Once these causes are identified, psychodynamic therapy can help people to deal with them in a more constructive way.
If anger issues have caused a disruption in your family--especially to the point of having a restraining order against you--dealing with those issues is your best hope for bringing healing to yourself and your family. Not every therapy is right for everyone; the best way to determine the best path for you is to talk to a licensed therapist. If you need help contesting a restraining order in New Jersey or petitioning to have one vacated, Attorney Joseph D. Lento can help. Call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686.