We all know that feeling love and emotional harmony with your partner is wonderful; feeling angry is not! But anger is a natural part of life and is therefore inevitable, especially when two people share life closely. One of the biggest challenges a couple faces is how to deal with anger—both their anger toward their partner and their partner’s anger toward them.
As therapists, it’s important to help our clients identify and understand where their anger is coming from so that they can feel more in control of their behavior. Teaching your client to tame the raw emotion of anger will help them channel and release their anger in more appropriate ways.
Oftentimes, as counselors, we encounter clients that become frustrated or angry with us when things aren’t going the way they want them to go. When this happens, counselors are in a position to teach clients how to effectively work through conflict, all while building a trusting relationship.
This month we’ve been looking at Mind-Body Bridging (MBB), an holistic approach to healing and wellness developed by University of Utah researcher, Stanley Block, MD. MBB, which is the core modality utilized in our Mind-Body Workbooks, has been building momentum as research continues to show its efficacy, perhaps most notably among US veteran populations suffering from trauma-related stress and emotion regulation issues.
Researcher Stanley Block, MD, developed Mind-Body Bridging, a holistic approach to healing and wellness based on the I-System, an internal system we each have that essentially overrides our ability to function naturally when we are triggered by stressful situations (see last week’s post for a more in-depth look at Block’s definition of the I-System).