Twelve things Anger Management Providers did in 2007

  1. Carlos Todd was appointed president of the American Association of Anger Management Providers
  2. Gregory Kyles moved to establish the Anger Management institute of Texas as the leader in anger management in Texas
  3. George Anderson’s website broke records in internet saturation for an anger management site
  4. became a premier anger management blog
  5. Executive coaching for physicians became the most sought after anger management service nationwide
  6. A record number of anger management sites were established
  7. Several major anger management contracts were negotiated
  8. became a the leading anger management site on the east coast
  9. George Anderson, Carlos Todd, Gregory Kyles, Shannon Munford and Colbert Williams joined forces to get the word out regarding the presence of a nationwide network of anger management providers
  10. Carlos Todd was featured in a primetime interview on the Charlotte CBS TV station
  11. George Anderson was featured in several magazines
  12. Carlos Todd released his first book-Your Emotional Profile

By Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

Anger Management Classes available 7 days a week in Houston, Texas.

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers

What to look for in an Executive Coach for Physicians

In April 1, 2007, the JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) established standards for all American Hospitals relative to disruptive physicians.

These new standards have opened a floodgate for psychologists, psychiatrists and coaches to become immediate experts on providing intervention for “disruptive physicians” with or without credible training or experience.
What to look for in an Executive Coach for Physicians

Some tips for selecting a reputable provider:

* What is the intervention model used?
* Does the model include an assessment component?
* Is the assessment specifically designed for anger, stress, communication and empathy?
* Does the model include a Pre and Post Test?
* Is aftercare included?
* Does the intervention include psychotherapy or psychotropic medication?
* Is the intervention provided on-site?
* Does the intervention include envivo observation?
* Ask for a list of Hospitals for which the provider has provided this intervention.
* See if the provider is listed with the Federation of Medical Licensing Boards.

By George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP

Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson Anger Management – Executive Coaching Provider

Anger Management Classes available 7 days a week in Houston, Texas.

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers

Anger isn’t always bad – 5 ways that anger is GOOD!

Experience with anger may leave you with the idea that all
anger is bad. Yelling at your children for cooperation
doesn’t leave you feeling very positively. Watching your
children fight when they are angry doesn’t give you any
warm feelings either. But, anger does have it’s purpose in
our lives and can teach us a thing or two about how to have
healthier, happier relationships.

Here are five ways that anger can be a good thing:

1. Anger protects. When your child is in danger your mind
will automatically kick into a “fight or flight” reaction that
can result in anger. You don’t have time to stop and ponder
a course of action when your child is in the middle of the
street! Anger short cuts our thinking brain to allow us to act
quickly. This is nature’s way of protecting your family from

2. Anger signals. The purpose of anger is to destroy
problems in our lives, not our relationships. When
something needs to dramatically change, anger not only
lets you know but it gives you the power to do something
about it. For example, if your child’s doctor won’t listen to
your concerns, getting angry can stir things up and get a
problem diagnosed and solved.

3. Anger rules. Your child left his toys all over the house
again! Tired of yelling at your child to get his cooperation.
That only reinforces the annoying behavior. Your anger
may be telling you that expectations are too high, the rule is
not clear enough, or that you are not following through on
consequences consistently. Use the energy of your anger
to communicate the rule (again) and then follow it up with
consistent, age appropriate discipline.

4. Anger talks. What we say to ourselves affects our
emotional state. If we tell ourselves we are bad parents
then we may act like bad parents. If we tell ourselves we are
doing the best we can under stressful circumstances we will
react with less hostility and frustration. Practice listening to
that little “anger voice” and challenge some of the
misperceptions you hold of yourself and your child. Ask
some honest friends to help you be objective in your inner
inventory. If what you are saying to yourself is true, use this
information to make changes in your parent/child

5. Anger teaches. Our anger management styles are
learned from our own parents. If Mom was a yeller, we may
follow her example, even if we vowed never to yell at our
kids. Fortunately, if you learned one anger expression style
you can learn another. Separate the idea that feeling anger
is bad. That is natural and unavoidable but what you do
with those hot emotions is completely under your control —
with some practice. Allow yourself permission to find new
ways to cope with daily parenting hassles by taking a class
or reading a book on anger management.

by Ron Huxley

Anger Management Classes available 7 days a week in Houston, Texas.

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers

Some Stress Symptoms

Every symptom we have is related to stress. It is only when our mind and body does not overcome the amount of stress that we have several symptoms of stress. Symptoms of stress can be a life sentence. Symptoms of stress can include adrenal fatigue and this is why it is very difficult for the person to rebound.

Are symptoms bad?

Symptoms are important — if we listen and learn from them. Symptoms of stress speak volumes about a state of well-being. The symptoms of stress are symptoms related to one of the major causes of stress: physical, electromagnetic/geopathic, thermal, allergies/sensitivities, toxins/poisons, nutrition, and emotions.

Emotional stress is what people consider when they think about stress. Emotional health is paramount to your health and well-being. To get a grasp on your stress you have to take time to understand your emotional state. When you do you can change it for the better.

Name one symptom and it is related to stress. We all have stress symptoms. This is a part of life. How we each deal with stress in our lives leaves clues to our quality of life. Symptoms speak volumes to how we deal with life.

You want to be more specific? Your heart beat is related to stress. At rest it beats to pump blood through your body. The more you work, the harder it beats and when you really over-do it, it can’t keep up with your demands.

Physical stress, emotional stress, and nutritional stress all exhibit symptoms of stress in different parts of the body and mind. The question isn’t all the symptoms of stress that society keeps chasing. It is in finding the cause of stress related to your symptoms. Remove the cause of your stress and you remove the affect of your stress.

How to remove the cause of your stress takes work and dedication. There are some tools that work and some things you can do that will increase your stress. Find what works for you and make a stress management plan for a lifetime.

Stress is a normal response of your body to situations that you perceive as ‘dangerous’. We all have amounts of stress every day that we each have to deal with.

Etch this into your brain: Any symptom you have is related to stress to some degree or another! A great practice to get into is to correlate the symptom you have to a particular stress. Is your symptom related to lack of sleep, bad food, insufficient exercise, or emotional stress?

Can you even identify your stress? Is your stress buried deep?

When you ask pointed questions about your symptom and your stress you might find an answer you need to move beyond your current level of health.

Physical symptoms of stress are virtually any symptoms that show up. Physical symptoms are a mirror from the body to the stress the person is going through. Chronic stress brings with it many of the physical symptoms you are probably dealing with today.

Symptoms caused by stress go through many physiological changes.

The first effect on the body is that blood is diverted from less vital to more vital organs. Over time and amount chronic stress, less blood in a certain area causes that area to become malnourished. Then this body part may give physiological symptoms. All due to a stress response and reaction by the body. The cure? Remove the stress–THEN attend to the physical symptom. After a period of time, your body will nourish the non-vital area once again and the body will heal. Can you see why addressing the physical symptom of stress without finding the cause of stress is foolish?

The first hallmark sign of the body’s reaction to stress is dysfunction of the adrenal glands; an adrenal enlargement. These are the stress glands of choice in the body. These glands literally become fatigued and “stressed”. Caffeine, sugar, inactivity, emotional stress, physical stress all have a profound effect on the adrenal system and lowers any chance of dealing with stress.

The second effect in reaction to stress is the activity of the lymphatic system; an intense shrinkage or atrophy of the thymus, the spleen, the lymph nodes and lymphatic structures throughout the body. They cannot keep immune surveillance. Do you know people who are always sick? Check out their stress and you’ll find a correlation.

The third effect of stress on the body is bleeding or deep irritation to the lining of the stomach and intestines. They literally ulcerate. Stomach ulcers. Intestinal ulcers.

It is when the mind and body does not overcome the amount of stress that we have effects of stress show up on the body. Are symptoms of stress good? If we listen and learn from our symptoms we can lessen the effects of stress and become healthy. To find out how you can reduce your stress, go to Symptoms of Stress for a free stress package of information.


Anger Management Classes available 7 days a week in Houston, Texas.

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers

Dealing with Anger Management

We all experienced those moments in which we feel completely out of control with frustrations. Perhaps you’ve thrown something across the room, screamed at someone uncontrollably or put your fist through a wall. Having this kind of experienced, most people react rationality out of their emotion. Unfortunately, the majority of people will lash out without thinking and then realize what they should have done after the fact and the damage isn’t exactly easy to take back. Through this, without even realizing that we hurt the feelings of others during those stressful moments and perhaps even cause some damage to ourselves or our property.

An emotional state that may range in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. Anger has physical effects including raising the heart rate and blood pressure and the levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. It inspires powerful and often aggressive feelings and behaviors, which allow us to fight and defend ourselves when we are attacked. hen anger gets out of control and turns destructive it can lead to problems at work, in personal relationships, and affect the overall quality of life. People with anger management issues get angry more easily and more intensely than the average person, and the notion that “letting it all out” helps is false, because it actually escalates anger and aggression, which doesn’t resolve anything.

The term, “anger management”, commonly refers to therapeutic techniques and exercises practiced by someone with excessive or uncontrollable anger to control or reduce triggers. The goal of anger management is learning how to control anger before it controls the individual, both emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes according to the American Psychological Association and various reliable online resources. The most common techniques recommended immediately before escalation of emotions is to stop talking, stop staring, and leave the room. Learning relaxation techniques like deep breathing and meditation will also help, in addition to stress management skills, learning empathy and forgiveness, and becoming optimistic instead of pessimistic. Chronic mismanagement of anger can lead to serious physical and mental disorders, and if the individual is not proactive, whether by voluntary or involuntary means, the outcome could be disastrous.

We need to understand anger management. Even though, some people don’t need to go to the anger management classes that your communities offer, but others may have that need. There are people who can control their anger and deal with it in healthy ways. They have somehow learned that their emotions can be controlled and that they need to react only after they have thought the situation through. They still have the same physical reactions that are natural to every human being – the quickened heartbeats, raise in blood pressure and the levels of adrenaline. That’s what your body does instinctively when you get angry. The important concept of anger management is the physical reaction that your body doing.

Of course, our bodies and minds react in an aggressive manner. We want to whip out and defend ourselves. Even the meekest of individuals will experience that feeling. In fact, isn’t bad thing to react in that manner in that some kind of situation. But, most scenarios don’t need such a harsh outburst. We all know that we can’t get rid of the people who annoy us or the scenarios in this world that will test our patience beyond its limits, but we can change how we react.

If you are attending classes, or reading books and listening to lectures, this can be helpful and life altering that can convey to you. You’ll learn relaxation techniques and how to calm yourself down in certain situations. And also you will learn ion techniques and how to calm yourself down in certain situations. You’ll learn how the language and words that you use in aggravating scenarios can be unwise choices and incredibly harmful. Once you can learn some relaxation or calming techniques, you’ll be better able to solve problems much more rationally than you may have previously. You may also find that you’re learning to communicate with others as well. Suddenly, learning some of these anger management solutions in which you can convey your anger in healthy ways will have you seeing the world a bit differently.

If you find that you struggle with anger management, admitting that you may need to find some healthier ways of dealing with life and its stresses could be a great way to start to enjoy your life more. In fact, every single person could benefit greatly from learning some forms of anger management. You just may be surprised at the person you turn into.

Limits are placed on how far anger can take an individual, by laws, social norms, and hopefully common sense. People just can’t physically lash out at every person or object that irritates or annoys them; they need to focus on something positive instead of losing control and dramatizing every life event. Fortunately for these people, there are many reliable self-help resources available online for people with anger issues, including online anger management counseling and education.

By Crizza Reyes

Anger Management Classes available 7 days a week in Houston, Texas.

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers

Stalling Tactics used by Some Physician Groups against JCAHO Standards to avoid Anger Management Services

“Standards set by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations can help medical staffs deal with disruptive physician behavior in a fair, organized fashion. Should a physician’s disruptive behavior reflect a health problem, the JCAHO standards go further to require the medical staff to implement a process to identify and manage the individual physician’s health-related matters. In some cases disruptive behavior may be reasonably interpreted to require anger and/or stress management or formal behavioral counseling and monitoring.”

Michael D. Youssi
Physicians accused of “disruptive behavior” are organizing to develop stalling tactics to delay being held accountable for alleged “disruptive behavior by hospital committees responsible for disciplining doctors. While the new standards were introduced in April, many hospitals have been unable to institute these new requirements because of the opposition of some physician groups.

The 360-Degree Feedback which is a respected technique in coaching is being used to delay for at least 6 months, any action against physicians whose behavior defined as “disruptive. The 360-Degree Feedback refers to a process in which data is collected from multiple sources or multiple raters surrounding the person being assessed. Respondents may include self, supervisor, reporting employees, peers, and, in some cases vendors/clients. Applications include performance appraisal, professional development, succession planning, assessing organizational climate, and targeted competency areas specific to the individual being assessed.

Physicians who are mandated to enroll in a coaching program for anger are given an opportunity to opt for the above assessment which will be conducted twice over a 6 month period. If the initial assessment does not indicated “bad behavior” on the part of the physician, any further action against him or her is dismissed. If the assessment indicates problem behavior, the physician is given another three months to change the behavior in question. If the 6 month assessments suggest the need for professional help, the physician is then mandated to enroll in an anger management coaching program.

It is likely that a careful, objective monitoring of this novel program will reveal that it is a stalling tactic rather than a reasonable response for “disruptive behavior”.

George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF 

Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson Anger Management and Executive Coaching provider.

Anger Management Classes available 7 days a week in Houston, Texas.

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers

Teaching Anger Management and Emotional Control to Children

These days, anger management is a hot topic among educators. More and more, we see angry students committing acts of violence against classmates. Educating the public on the topic of anger management is the best way to help children manage their anger in an appropriate way.

What is anger?

Angry feelings are normal emotional reactions to daily stresses in our lives that range from irritated to enraged. It’s natural for children to experience emotions of anger but it’s critical to teach them proper coping mechanisms so that they do not express these feelings in an uncontrollable manner.

The goal as a parent is not to completely stop the angry emotion since they are hardwired into our brain. The goal is to teach the children to develop self-control and make appropriate choices regarding how to handle these feelings.

Strategies for teach children to handling anger appropriately

1. Lead by example – Research shows that children model their parents so if the parent blows up in fits of rage in front of a child. The child will learn to use anger as a coping mechanism for their situations in their lives.

2. Teach empathy and tolerance – Empathy is the ability to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Children that understand the feelings of others deal better with disagreements with other children.

3. Remain calm – Yelling at angry children to control themselves will only increase the intensity of the outburst. Remaining calm yourself will assist the child caught by the anger bee.

4. Use positive self-talk – Teach children to stay in control by saying affirmations. Affirmations are simple positive messages that the child can say to themselves in stressful situations. For example, here’s a few that a child could learn: “Stop and calm down”, “Take a deep breath”, “Stay in control”, or “I can handle this”. Suggest a few to your child and practice it with them. The more you practice it with them the more likely they will use it during an anger driven situation.

5. Teach them deep breathing – During an angry episode, our breathing changes to quick short breathes. This breathing causes a cascade of physiological changes in our body that creates anger. By learning to controlled, deep breathing, children can short circuit the angry response. Teach your child to inhale to a 5 counts, then hold for a 2 counts, and exhale for a 5 counts. For young kids, I call this breathing exercise “Dragon’s breath”. Have them pretend that they are breathing out fire with the exhale and that the fire is the anger leaving the body.

6. Identify anger triggers – Most children respond to specific triggers that cause anger. Ask your child “What situations make you angry?” The answer will vary from frustrations over homework to bullying at school. Then, talk about solutions that are more appropriate to the problem situation. You can even rehearse the scenario by role-playing.

7. Watch for the warning signs – When anger starts to arise, they will show signs. Tell your child that it’s important to listen to the warning signs. Ask your child what the specific warning signs that show that they are getting upset. Some examples of signs could be talking louder, heart pounding, face getting red, clenching fists, or breathing faster. Once you identify the signs, start pointing them out when they show signs of getting upset. For example, “I see your breathing fast” “Looks like you are getting anger” “You’re clenching your fist. Are you getting upset.” This self-awareness will snap the child back into reality and help them manage the anger early – before it’s out of control.

The secret to successful anger management is to intervene early. Most children use anger because it is their only coping mechanism for daily stress. By identifying problem situations and providing them new techniques for coping, you will keep the anger bee from grabbing hold of your child.

By Tim Rosanelli

Anger Management Classes available 7 days a week in Houston, Texas.

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers