Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, and psychological harm.
The Impacts of Violence and Aggressive Behaviour
Violent behaviour can also result in legal and financial strains on yourself and your family.
Perhaps you find it difficult to manage situations at home or work without using aggressive behaviour, lashing out at others, smashing things, yelling or punching walls. This behaviour is extremely frightening to others, especially children, partners and other family members. Children can learn from you that violence is okay and start acting out themselves. You can and should break this cycle!
I have long term experience using best practice cognitive behavioural interventions to understand the beliefs that drive violent or aggressive behaviour and can work with you to amend these beliefs, in order to change the way you respond emotionally and how you act.
Your individualised intervention plan in counselling will address and objectively challenge the thinking patterns, attitudes and beliefs, which support, promote or precipitate violent behaviour. These thoughts and beliefs will be replaced with new, constructive ways of thinking.
At the core of your intervention, a problem solving approach will also be taken to foster communication and social skills so you will learn non-violent ways of responding to situations and emotional states.
Developing a new Skill Set
You will learn skills such as:
- Recognising negative thoughts and beliefs;
- Thought stopping and challenging;
- Knowing your feelings;
- Active listening;
- Perspective taking;
- Problem solving;
- Goal setting;
- Conflict resolution;
- Assertive communication;
- Self-reflection and self-evaluation.
By reflecting on your own progress and needs, we will work together in counselling to address areas that you also think are important for you to stop acting violently or using aggression.
Don’t let violent thoughts and behaviour ruin your life. It takes a lot of energy to act this way and it is stressful for everyone involved.
You cannot underestimate the benefit to living a violence-free life!
Positive, assertive and respectful behaviours will have benefits for your relationships, work, stress levels, self-esteem, goal achievement, parenting skills, and physical health. It will most certainly change the way others perceive you, and no longer get in the way of you achieving positive life goals – and help you avoid future legal consequences.
Author: Trudy Sheffield, B Beh Sc (1st Class Hons).
Trudy Sheffield offers a non-judgmental, interactive, and common sense way of addressing this treatment area. Violence and aggressive behaviour in its many forms is preventable. Stop the cycle now!
To make an appointment with Trudy Sheffield, freecall 1800 877 924 or try online booking – Mt Gravatt today