Managing Difficult Emotions

Teens often have difficulty identifying and experiencing uncomfortable emotions. In an effort to manage these emotions, they may act out in damaging ways – withdrawing, isolating, punching inanimate objects, screaming, yelling, and stonewalling.

Understanding what triggers anger and then learning to tolerate and manage these feelings are skills vital to developing and sustaining any relationship. Group participants and parents will learn to understand the nature of anger and other uncomfortable emotions like hurt, sadness, disappointment, and grief. Group members will familiarize themselves with their own triggers, identify dysfunctional patterns of communication within their family members for managing it constructively as well as learning healthy coping strategies.

This group will also meet criteria for anger management.