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William DeFoore, Ph.D.

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I can answer questions about: * How to deal with your own anger * How to deal with somebody else's anger * How to help an angry spouse * How to help an angry child or adolescent * How to let go of resentment and forgive * How to keep anger from ruining your life and your relationships * How to let go and get out of abusive relationships

Experience in the area

I have been in practice as a counselor for over 38 years. I have published two books on anger and 10 audio CD programs on anger, health and building healthy relationships. I have helped thousands of people overcome their anger by healing the cause instead of just treating the symptoms. I have a positive approach, and believe in the basic goodness of each person. Anger is basically healthy, but when it is expressed in unhealthy ways it is very destructive, and that's why most people think anger is bad. Learning to understand and accept yourself for who you are is the first step to healing and recovery from anger issues.


I am the author of: Anger: Deal With It, Heal With It, Stop It From Killing You. Health Communications, Inc. 2004. Anger Among Angels: Shedding Light On The Darkness Of The Human Soul. Health Communications, Inc. 2000. Serai: Bringing The Children Home. Wingspan Press, 2007.


B.A. Sociology; M.A. Clinical Psychology; Ph.D. Counselor Education; Licensed Professional Counselor. You can view my full resume here.

Awards and Honors

Adjunct Faculty with the Cooper Wellness Program, of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas Texas.

Past/Present Clients

All client information is kept confidential.

What do you like about this subject?

I like helping people understand that they are not bad or wrong for feeling angry. Most folks feel a sense of relief when they realize that there are good reasons for their anger, and once those are understood, they're on the road to healing and learning the skills for healthy anger management.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I would like for everyone (even some professionals) to understand that anger is a natural, healthy emotion that can be a part of success and positive relationships as long as it is expressed in healthy ways.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

While unhealthy anger can destroy your health, your happiness and your relationships, it's also important to know that healthy anger can fuel positive, compassionate and effective action.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

People often equate anger with violence, and this is just not accurate. A healthy person gets angry and takes positive, effective action to resolve problems. Acts of violence come out of a sense of helplessness, confusion, rage and mental disturbance, which are far more complex than the basic emotion of anger.

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Recent Answers from William DeFoore, Ph.D.

2013-03-30 Anger Management To Stop Aggressive Imagery:

Hi Geoff    I think you're very smart to take this action to manage your thoughts and imagery. I think what your mind is trying to do is correct what has happened in the past, and protect you in possible

2013-03-28 How Do I Help My 31 Year Old Brother With Anger Issues?:

Hello Jamie    I'm glad that you and your parents called the police on your brother when he threatened your lives. Although it has only been verbal up to this point, it could become physical violence at

2013-02-13 Emptiness After Child Abuse:

Hello Tracy. I appreciate the directness of your question. I can definitely help.    Your question has two parts: how to get in touch with your anger, and how to express it appropriately. There is a lot

2012-12-27 Instead of crying I get mad:

Hi Kris    I can tell you're having a rough time, and that you really don't like your anger. I can also tell that you're a good person, and that's why you don't want to hurt your boyfriend...and I think

2012-11-22 My Family And The Sources Of My Anger:

Hello Proof    I can tell you're having a very hard time, with your anger and your family. What you have written here makes sense. I can see why you would be angry, and why you'd be frustrated by your


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