Mar 27th, 2012
Ray contacted me to resolve what he’d been told were his anger management issues and after an initial discussion we agreed to meet initially for 6 sessions to explore this with an expectation to then continue, after progress had been reviewed.
It quickly became clear that he wasn’t an intrinsically angry man but had become increasingly frustrated by people close to him, who did not understand or respect the values with which he had been raised and which he had, in turn, encouraged in his own children. He had always had a tendency to ‘speak his mind’ and this caused problems when his values clashed with those of people around him.
His positive values of respect, courtesy and co-operative working were identified along with an exploration of how ‘speaking his mind’ was not always the most effective strategy for resolving differences, or getting his views understood. We then identified more appropriate future strategies and monitored their effectiveness, with positive improvements soon seen.
The core work was completed in 4 weeks and we staggered the remaining two sessions, to give him time to practice and integrate what he’d learned about himself.