Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Weekend Anger Management Workshops

Many of our clients like to attend our 4-hour Saturday morning or afternoon anger management classes. We offer two separate classes for both adults and teenagers. These workshops are ideal for those who would like to be exposed to basic skills in anger management, assertive communication, empathy, forgiveness, improving self-talk, expectation managment, stress management, and learning how to have better judgement and impulse control.

These classes can be used as a first time exposure to anger management, as a gift for a loved one, for those with busy schedules who can not attend a weekly class or for those that simply would like to learn a more effective way to improve their relationships with loved ones, co-workers, or classmates. These classes are perfect for employees, students, individuals, couples, and those seeking to better understand how to manage and control their anger and aggression towards others.

These workshops are offered every third Saturday of the month. Space is limited to 10 participants per class and they do fill up. To register online, visit or call (949) 715-2694.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

What is Forgiveness?

This months Anger Control Tip is: Forgiveness

Deciding if you should forgive or not may be easier after reviewing exactly what forgives is – and what it is not.

· Forgiving does not mean that you forget the offenseYou may never forget (and probably shouldn’t) what happened to you, but after forgiveness you can remember it without the emotional pain connected to it.

· Forgiving does not mean that you are saying what they did was O.K.Quite the opposite. We can forgive but still see what happened to you as horrific or unjust.

· You don’t need to even tell people that you forgive them; the forgiveness occurs in your heart – not in conversation with them, although in some circumstances you may want to have a dialogue about itIt often backfires if you go up to someone (especially a relative) and say “I forgive you.” This occurs because the offending person often doesn’t see himself or herself as the problem. Better to do the forgiveness in your own mind and heart. One exception to this is if you are the victim of a violent crime. Some studies show that it helps your healing if you forgive your assailant face to face.

· Forgiving doesn’t mean you will automatically trust them againForgiveness and trust are two separate issues. Even after forgiveness, it may take a long time to re-build trust, if ever. To instantly trust someone again after they have violated you in some way is not a sign of good mental health or strong self-esteem.

· Forgiving doesn’t necessary mean you like or love the offender, or even want to be in future relationship with themAbsence of angry feelings doesn’t necessarily create warm, positive, or loving feelings in you for the offender-at best forgiving may bring you up to neutral in your feelings toward them. It I possible to say to yourself, for instance, “OK. I forgive her but I don’ want to have anything further to do with her-ever.”

· You don’t need to forgive all at once.This is a concept that especially applies to forgiving an unfaithful partner. Dr. Abrams-Spring suggests that to start maybe you can only forgive 10%—just open the door—and then see how your unfaithful partner behaves. After a period of time, you might want to open the door a little wider and forgive maybe another 20%, and so on.

This exerpt was taken from "Anger Management for the Twenty-first Century". A client workbook for anger management. For more information, please visit