Anger Management Program

A service of the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic

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Anger Management Program

A service of the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic

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The Nature of Anger


Anger is a normal emotion we all experience. Angry feelings alert us that something is wrong, energize us to take action, motivate us to address injustices, and help us meet our needs in many situations. In these ways, mild to moderate episodes of anger can be healthy.

Some people experience anger more often, more intensely, and for longer periods of time than others. This sort of anger proneness is associated with a number of health-related problems and may have an adverse impact on one's relationships, employment, and overall quality of life.

The manner in which we express anger can also lead to problems. Some people express anger explosively, insulting others, yelling, or throwing things. Others suppress their anger in unhealthy ways such as pouting or withdrawing in silence until it feels like they are boiling inside. These forms of anger expression tend to drive others away and may result in legal difficulties, failed relationships, poor evaluations and work, and the like.

Fortunately, help is available.

Anger Management


The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic at the University of Southern Mississippi offers evidence-based anger management services in the Hattiesburg area. We help our clients gain greater control over their anger by teaching them how to reduce their anger arousal, change the thought patterns that maintain angry responses, and express themselves more effectively.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 601.266.4601.

How We Are Different


Our anger management services are based on cutting-edge psychological research. The Anger Management Program is directed by Dr. Eric R. Dahlen, a licensed psychologist who is certified as an anger management specialist by the National Anger Management Association. Our counselors are graduate students in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi who have been trained by Dr. Dahlen and provide services under the supervision of program faculty.

Involved in Litigation or Seeking Court-Ordered Treatment?


The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic cannot provide services to individuals involved in litigation around child custody and parental fitness or cases where criminal charges are pending. Persons seeking anger management services who are involved in such matters are encouraged to contact Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources instead.