Why is my child so angry all the time?
Your child seems constantly sarcastic and irritable. They seem always on the edge of blowing up at you or others. You feel like you’re walking on eggshells just to keep the peace in your own house.
You've tried to be understanding. You’ve talked with your teen about their attitude and how they talk to you. You’ve set consequences. But their behavior isn’t changing.
You’ve done your best to provide a great life for your child, but you still feel treated badly and don't know how to stop it.
Anger is a common way teens deal with unpredictable emotions. But that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t find calm again.
Counseling can give your teen the tools to manage their anger and help bring peace to your home.
Through counseling, your angry teen will learn how to:
understand and be able to express the issues underneath their anger
develop coping strategies that keep them cool
be emotionally stable even when they face something that usually sets them off
become closer to your family than they ever were before
Your TEEN will benefit most from counseling for ANGEr MANAGEMENT if:
they are at least 12 years old
they are not abusing substances
they're willing to talk about what happened to them
they want to feel better about their life
The counseling process:
Therapy will help your son or daughter identify the areas of their past that is triggering their angry reactions. The therapist will help them with coping skills and lead them through practices that will help them cope and work through their anger.
Each therapy session is 50 minutes long. For best results in treating trauma, we recommend at least eight consecutive weeks of therapy. This timeframe helps the child and therapist move beyond surface conversations and develop a relationship that focuses on deep healing. Once the relationship has been established, sessions can be moved to biweekly or, if the child has resolved his or her significant struggles, can begin to move toward termination.
wHAT TO EXPECT
The first week is the intake session. Colorado’s laws allow for teenagers to be in charge of their own information; the therapist will discuss with teenagers the value of including their parents and/or families in counseling. The intake session also involves beginning to establish a warm and welcoming relationship between therapist and client, so your child feels comfortable opening up and working on their issues in subsequent sessions.
Week 2 and THE FOLLOWING weeks:
The early weeks of therapy will involve building rapport. This is crucial; young people will be more willing to open up and will have greater success addressing their struggles if they trust their therapist. The therapist will evaluate the child’s needs and use a combination of therapies determined to be the best fit for the unique needs of your son or daughter. Your child will also receive homework to be practiced at home. Ongoing and consistent application of skills and tools is necessary for growth.
Intermountain Counseling is committed to creating a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for teens and preteens so they feel empowered and equipped to overcome the obstacles in their life.
Termination is the agreed-upon ending of the therapeutic relationship once goals are achieved and takes 1 to 3 sessions, depending on your child's needs. The therapist will coordinate with the client to determine what is appropriate. Therapy should be a springboard into life; it’s vital that the relationship not be ended prematurely, which would undermine everything your child has work toward. If termination is deemed appropriate, the therapist will work with your child to establish a plan moving forward so that change remains consistent.