Are you emotionally overwhelmed? Regretting things said or done? Unable to keep your emotions in check? Reacting uncontrollably to situations?
If you regularly experience intense anger, distress, feelings of being ‘out of control’ and ‘overwhelmed’, then you may have developed ineffective habits of controlling and regulating your emotions.
Some people react more strongly and uncontrollably to stressful situations than others.
Emotion regulation difficulties are often described as extreme anger or being ‘out of control’. When this happens, you can have overpowering physical symptoms and the ‘flight or fight system’ (our body’s evolutionary biological response when exposed to threat or danger) can be activated.
This can become a problem, affecting your relationships and other areas of your life.
While these issues can seem overwhelming, we can support you to learn how to effectively manage and change the way you feel and cope in different situations.
To give you an idea of how we can help, let’s consider an example of a teenage boy who is struggling with friendship issues and having emotional outbursts at home. One approach to the situation could be to teach the following strategies:
Many people who come to the clinic have never seen a psychologist before, and don’t know what to expect. We’ve answered some of commonly asked questions to help you feel more at ease: