645 Ridgely Avenue Annapolis, MD 21401

Practitioner of the Week – Maraiba Christu, M.Ed., LGCP

Healthy Ways of Managing Anger


During the month of May, Maraiba will be offering a workshop on Anger Management called Bridging the Gap.  Anger is often vilified as a destructive emotion.  However, it is how we respond to our feelings of anger that marks the difference between a healthy and unhealthy outcome.   Anger can help us to clarify our personal needs and boundaries, and to break free of limiting life circumstances.  However, anger that is not skillfully managed can result in psychological and physical health problems and harm our relationships with others.



For many of us, anger can be a very confusing emotion, one that leaves us stressed and drained, and unable to cope.  Some fear expressing anger and the consequences of “losing it.”  However, when situations and relationship patterns that evoke anger are ongoing and the anger is not addressed, or is turned inward, it can compromise our health and well-being.  We feel insecure and unable to set clear boundaries or to take steps toward needed change.  Unexpressed anger has been linked with depression.



Some of us are volatile and aggressive in expressing anger.  Over time, such behaviors can color and demoralize our sense of personal identity and undermine our feelings of connectedness with others.  This ultimately leads to difficulties establishing and maintaining stable, satisfying relationships.  When anger reactions become chronic, they can eventually contribute to life-threatening health outcomes.



Sometimes we vacillate between these two extremes, expressing anger in a passive/aggressive way through attitudes and behaviors that are hurtful to others, while failing to communicate clearly what we are angry about to the person(s) we are angry with.  Expressing one’s feelings to others can sometimes be a challenge, as it means changing the status quo.  However, without assertive, constructive communication, a resolution or a possible win/win solution cannot be achieved.  We may suffer for years in unhealthy relationships, with family, friends, and workplace colleagues or employers because we fear the transition period of the very changes we want and need to bring about.



The Bridging the Gap series (click name to see pamphlet) will explore the latest research on anger, its effects and how best to manage it – as well as how to bridge the gap in conflicts with others and with our own conflicted, internal emotions.  It is designed to help participants to understand and skillfully work with the physical, emotional and cognitive components of anger.  Maraiba will also offer an introduction to the benefits of mindfulness in helping maintain equanimity in moments of stress and conflict.  Opportunities will be provided for participants to practice new skills, supporting them to implement these changes in their everyday life.



The workshop begins Saturday, May 18, and will be offered over two consecutive Saturday day sessions, and the two following consecutive Wednesday evenings.



Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10am-4pm


Saturday, May 25, 2013, 10am-4pm


Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6pm-8:30pm


Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 6pm-8:30pm



Place:  Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, in Annapolis – about a 3 minute drive from Full Circle – see map by clicking here.


Cost: For this session only, there is a special introductory offer of $280.00 (usually $320)


Maraiba Christu has a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  She first began supporting individuals to navigate difficult life changes as a life coach in Vancouver, in 1996.  She is a licensed graduate clinical counselor and recently joined the Full Circle team of integrated health care practitioners.  Maraiba has developed and facilitated many workshops, including a program of community circles she offered for students, faculty and staff at UBC.  In the fall, she will be offering a 10 week program on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); an outgrowth of this program is that community circles could be established here in the Annapolis area.


For more information on upcoming workshops, please email Maraiba at maraiba@fullcirclehealingarts.com.  To register, please contact the reception desk at Full Circle.



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– PK


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