It’s Okay to be Angry – Sometimes

Be nice! Calm down! How many times have you heard that, or even said that to your loved one? Contrary to popular belief, it’s okay to be angry. It’s a natural emotion, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Where it becomes troublesome is when it becomes a reaction. What you do with that emotion is key. Someone struggling to find a balance of feeling anger and taking it out on others should speak with a psychiatrist in Jacksonville, AL.

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Healthy versus Unhealthy

As stated above, being angry isn’t a bad thing. It can actually be useful when it brings our attention to something that is hurting us, motivates us to change, or helps us stay safe due to the boost of energy related to fight or flight. Most times we feel anger, it’s tolerable, and we can easily manage it. When anger seems to be occurring more often, it’s harder to let go of that intense emotion, we are hurting others because of our reactions, or it is affecting our lives negatively, anger management may be necessary.

What is Anger Management?

Mayo Clinic describes anger management as “the process of learning to recognize signs that you’re becoming angry, and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a productive way.” Learning what triggers you and techniques of self-control can help prevent angry outbursts and allow you to live a more peaceful life. Although books and courses are available, the guidance of a skilled mental health professional is the best way to ensure long-lasting and effective results.

Anger Management at Garrett Counseling in Jacksonville, AL

You deserve the best care for your mental health. We can help! Take back control of your emotions through anger management with one of our skilled psychiatrists in Jacksonville, AL. Follow this link to request an appointment, or call (256) 239-5662 today.


Therapist, Counselor, Psychiatrist or Psychologist?

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The day has come and you have decided to seek out a therapist. One question you may be facing is, “Which therapist is right for me?” With terms like therapist, counselor, psychologist, and psychiatrist, it’s easy to see where the decision may not be so easy. Today, we will list and define different types of people who can help you through therapy.


The term therapy is a broad term. It describes professionals with any level of training in psychotherapy. Because the term “therapist” does not require any kind of licensure or board certification, any individual can identify as a therapist.


A counselor is an individual who has obtained an advanced degree in psychology. Many counselors provide supportive therapy but do not diagnose psychiatric disorders.


A psychiatrist has achieved a medical degree, so they can prescribe medications for psychiatric diagnoses. Psychiatrists are not typically seen for psychological evaluations or ongoing therapy secondary to their specialty. A client would generally see a psychiatrist for management of their psychiatric medications.


A psychologist has a doctoral degree in psychology such as a PhD or PsyD. Psychologists specialize in psychological testing, assessments, and diagnosing patients. These are the key factors that separate a psychologist from a psychiatrist.  Some psychologists  also specialize in research. Because they do not have a medical degree, they can’t prescribe or manage medications for their clients.

Who Do You Need?

Still have questions about which type of therapist is the best option for you? Contact Garrett Counseling at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form here to schedule an appointment and get your questions answered. Our professional staff is happy to further assist you in helping to determine the best fit for your needs.  We have three locations to serve you better in Jacksonville, Huntsville, and Boaz, and also offer teletherapy and in-person visits. Call Garrett Counseling today!