Anger Management

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Dr. Garamoni specializes in Anger Management. He provides assessment, educational, and therapeutic services for clients with anger control and aggressive behavior problems. His approach is tailored to the needs of each client. They work together to develop individualized crisis management, therapy, and prevention plans.

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At the beginning, Dr. Garamoni often provides intensive therapy to help a client cope with multiple and simultaneous stressors, such as problems with the family, work, housing, finances, and the legal system. During this phase, he may provide stress management, relaxation training, and treatment for insomnia.

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As therapy progresses, he helps to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression with Cognitive Therapy. He educates clients on what causes emotions, in general, and anger, in particular. He then helps clients learn to manage the expression of their emotions. Throughout treatment, he helps clients to feel empathy for those hurt by their anger and aggression. The overall goal is to help clients stop violent, abusive, and controlling behavior while learning healthier ways of dealing with frustration and conflict.

Dr. Garamoni receives referrals from attorneys and other professionals to help their clients get control of anger. To these professionals and their clients, Dr. Garamoni’s ability to provide professional help in a caring, nonjudgmental, and respectful environment is a welcomed alternative to the atmosphere of shame and humiliation in certain mandated domestic violence programs. Some judges in Duval County and St. Johns County have allowed people to benefit from Dr. Garamoni’s anger management services in lieu of participation in standard domestic violence groups.

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Book Recommendations: Anger Management

I have been recommending Asserting Yourself for years to help people learn and substitute new, healthy assertive behaviors for old, self-defeating patterns of aggressive behaviors or passive (nonassertive) behaviors. If you like the look and feel of a workbook, you will like this book because the authors provide lots of exericises. My favorite part of the book is the four-step technique for handling interpersonal conflicts--DESC scripts: Describe the other person’s behavior objectively in concrete terms, Express your feelings calmly about this behavior, Specify the concrete actions you want to see stopped and those you want instead, Consequences--make them explicit--rewards for change, punishments for no change. This four-step process of formatting an assertive response helps you steer a course between the extremes of being aggressive and passive. I highly recommend this book to anyone with assertiveness problems, including those with anger management issues.

Now in its ninth edition, Your Perfect Right is the guide for assertiveness most recommended by therapists. Read the reviews on Amazon and you will see why this book is called the ‘bible” of assertiveness. As the title suggests, we have the perfect right to express what we want and act in our own best interests in family, work, and social situations. And we can do this while respecting the same right that others have to be assertive. I have been recommending this book for years. Some of my clients like this book better than Asserting Yourself. I highly recommend getting both books.

Therapists commonly recommend the The Feeling Good Handbook to their clients. This book is a follow-up to Dr. Burns’ classic, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. I recommend the Handbook because it provides help on a broader range of topics. Dr. Burns gives a clearly written summary of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). He provides written exercises to help you understand the connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in stressful situations. He then helps you gain control of the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems, including anger. The signature strength of this book is not that it covers anger in greta detail; it does not. What this book does do is help you understand (a) the general cognitive theory of emotions--that what we feel (including anger) is determined by what we think--and (b) how to feel better by learning and using various techniques to identify and change dysfunctional patterns of thinking. Also useful to those with anger management issues is Part IV. Feeling Good Togethr: How to Strengthen Relationships Through Better Communication.

How To Control Your Anger Before It Controls You by Drs. Albert Ellis (“the grandfather of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Raymond Chip Tafrate present cognitive-behavioral techniques to help understand that our angry reactions to difficult people in work, home, and social situations are rooted in the way we think about these situations, and that by changing our thoughts, we can change our reactions. I highly recommend this book.

Patricia Evans book, The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond, is a classic self-help book targeted primarily at woman in abusive relationships with men. Read with an open mind, the book offers insights that also apply to men in verbally abusive relationships with women. When people with anger management issues read this book, it can help them see more clearly the impact of their angry behavior has on other people and motivate them to change.

Recommended Articles on Anger Management

Controlling Anger -- Before It Controls You (article by American Psychological Association)

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