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Suggested APA style reference: Schimmel, C. J, &Jacobs, E. (2011). Ten creative counseling techniques for helping clients deal with anger. Retrieved from Article 53 Ten Creative Counseling Techniques for Helping Clients Deal With Anger Christine J. Schimmel and Ed Jacobs Schimmel, Christine J., is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University where she coordinates the school counseling program. Dr. Schimmel’s research interests include issues related to school counseling, group counseling, and creative counseling interventions. Jacobs, Ed, is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University where he coordinates the counseling program. Dr. Jacobs’ interests lie in the areas of group counseling, Impact Therapy, a counseling approach which he developed, and creative counseling techniques, an area for which he is recognized and presents on at the national level. Introduction Anger is an emotion that counselors often address with their clients. Beck and Fernandez (1998) note that, in the mental health field, ― attention has turned to anger as a major problem in human relations ‖ (p. 63). Blake and Hamrin (2007) point out that anger and its resulting issues, such as oppositional defiant disorder, are among the most common reasons adolescents and children are referred to mental health services. Anger, typically characterized as either state or trait in nature, is usually experienced along a continuum from little or no anger, to mild or moderate levels of frustration, annoyance, or irritability, to advanced levels of fury and rage (Deffenbacher, et al., 1996). Regardless of
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