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Ten Creative Counseling Techniques for Helping Clients Deal With Anger
Christine J. Schimmel and Ed Jacobs
Anger is an emotion that counselors often address with their clients. Beck and Fernandez (1998) note that, in the mental health field, ―attention has turned to anger as a major problem in human relations‖ (p. 63). Blake and Hamrin (2007) point out that anger and its resulting issues, such as oppositional defiant disorder, are among the most common reasons adolescents and children are referred to mental health services. Anger, typically characterized as either state or trait in nature, is usually experienced along a continuum from little or no anger, to mild or moderate levels of frustration, annoyance, or irritability, to advanced levels of fury and rage (Deffenbacher, et al., 1996). Regardless of the determined nature of the anger, counselors need a theoretical conceptualization along with a delivery system that causes the client to reflect on their anger. This article focuses on one potential delivery system—that is, creative ways to work with clients on their anger issues.