Anger Management Intensive Programs
An Overview Of The Program And The Process
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO GAIN
- A strong sense of your anger and where it comes from
- A deep and thorough understanding of yourself and how you came to be who you are today
- The ability to respond effectively to your own internal processes, raising your emotional intelligence in personal and professional arenas
- A profound knowledge of the emotional and psychological dynamics that determine lasting and productive relationships
- Highly effective communication skills for conflict resolution and problem solving
- A stronger sense of your own personal authority, adding to your confidence in decision making
- Increased optimism, contributing to your overall happiness and physical well-being
- An enhanced level of energy and enthusiasm for your life
- Understanding and skill for using your healthy anger and all of your emotions to your benefit and to the benefit of others
- A powerful sense of who you are and where you're going in your life as a whole
The Anger Management Intensive Programs are three, six and twelve-session intensives conducted personally by Dr. DeFoore. The Advanced Intensive usually occurs over a period of three days, however all programs are scheduled according to the scheduling preferences of the client and appointment availability.
A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCESS
Phase One: Cognitive mapping of the journey. This is a process of establishing 1) What has happened and 2) How it affected you. Early experiences and related decisions/beliefs influencing your view of self and self-worth and the origin of your emotional pain, fear and anger. This forms a map of the territory that has to be covered in the process of moving you toward your desired goals for anger management and emotional health.
Phase Two: Experiential internal process. This phase involves your exploration of your inner terrain, from which all anger issues emerge. With new awareness and expert guidance, you have a chance to loosen the old structures that have held your dysfunctional patterns in place. In many ways, this is the most important part of the process. Loosening the old structures and revisiting old beliefs is essential to the establishment of new decisions and new emotional control.
Phase Three: Release, relief and return. This is where you begin to experience new energy and enthusiasm, from having discarded the dead weight of beliefs and emotions which have long outlived their usefulness. This energy and enthusiasm is essential for the implementation of new thought, belief and behavior patterns which move you toward the emotional well being and positive relationships you want.
Phase Four: Creating a new game plan. Having loosened the foundational structure of old self-sabotaging processes, you now move to the task of mapping a new terrain of where you're going from here. New decisions are made which will later become established beliefs about your emotions, other people, self, self-worth and the right to a full sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. New behaviors are identified as desirable and a commitment is made to a new way of being in the world. At this point, you are becoming the author of your own story, the authority in your own life development.
Methodologies Employed: Dr. DeFoore uses a variety of techniques that he has accumulated and developed in his 40+ years of professional counseling. These include Gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, bioenergetics and guided imagery. These methods are integrated seemlessly into a relaxed and fluid process that can be explained in full to the client at any point.
Program philosophy and orientation: This program is based on the assumption that each individual has an inherent meaning and purpose for her/his life. You will develop a sober sense of responsibility for your past behavior, along with a growing sense of self appreciation and self love...the foundation for all healthy relationships with other people.
Scheduling and progression of the program: In general, it may be said that phases one and two comprise the bulk of the time spent in the intensive programs. For that reason, the first two thirds and part of the final will be spent in those phases of the program. Phase three happens automatically, as a direct result of the work done in phase one and two. Therefore, no specific time has to be set aside for phase three. Phase four is relatively fast and easy in comparison to the rest of the process, and usually takes place in the final parts of the program.
Follow-up: It is recommended that participants schedule several weekly follow-up sessions after the program is completed, in order to firmly implement the new beliefs and behavior patterns that were established in phase four of the intensive process. These follow-up meetings can be either in person or by telephone. Need and feasibility of this varies according to individual circumstances, which will be taken into account in making recommendations in each case.
Effectiveness and results: This program works, if you put the work into it. These methods are tried and true, and they get to the heart of the matter. Client testimonials are available upon request.
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