Barry Isaacson, DC, MA, LCPC, CADC Joins the Anger Clinic Chicago Loop Office

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Barry Isaacson, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, has joined the prestigious Anger Clinic as an anger and health counselor.

Barry Isaacson brings his clinical acumen and health industry background to Mitch Messer's Anger Clinic which has been a psychotherapy landmark in Chicago since 1972.

Isaacson has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and practiced in the Chicago area from 1976 through 1990. He retired from a successful clinical career and eventually received a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. He has worked with private foster care agencies since 1998 and most recently worked as an inpatient substance abuse counselor in Lincoln Park.

Isaacson came to the Anger Clinic after several years of study under the direction of Mitch Messer. Isaacson states he came to an understanding regarding health counseling, that the number one underlying feature delineating people who develop psychological and emotional problems out of physical health problems is an underlying and mismanaged anger.

Q. What is The Anger Clinic?

A. The Anger Clinic is a group of mental health professionals who believe that mismanaged anger underlies and compounds most of the social and personal problems that make our lives more difficult and painful than they need to be.

Q. What happens if our anger is mismanaged?

A. Mismanaged anger causes stress, conflict, violence and self-destructive behaviors that lead to job failure, divorce, burnout and even suicidal tendencies.

Q. What is anger?

A. We define anger as an emotional response to a grievance. This grievance can be real or imagined; past, present or future; rational or irrational. When we take the grievance personally our pain explodes and so do we.

Q. Why do we take grievances personally?

A. We do not know any other way to take them, we do not know that we are doing it, we do not know how to stop doing it and we do not know what our options are.

Q. What do you do at The Anger Clinic?

A. We help our clients find out what they are angry at and who they are angry at.

Often it turns out we are most angry at ourselves for being less than perfect.

In fact, we are imperfect people in an imperfect world.

We give our clients tasks to complete; each task, when completed, brings with it a small token of self-respect.

Building self-respect gives us courage, which is the willingness to take a risk.

This increased self-respect allows us to manage our anger as adults, doing what reality demands of us.

These anger successes strengthen our most important relationship, our relationship with ourselves.

Isaacson states he is working to bring a healthy melding of health psychology and anger management to Chicago's Loop.

Barry Isaacson can be reached at the Anger Clinic, 111 W. Wabash Ave., Suite 1702, Chicago, IL 60602-1913, 312.263.0035, cell: 847.703.0146, http://www.bisaacsonpsych@yahoo.com.

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