From time to time I’m asked to explain what anger management classes are all about, so I decided to post, with her permission, one of my students’ class reviews. Her review explains the positive effects anger management services can have on individuals as well as couples.
1. Did you benefit from taking the classes, if so how?
This class helped Jim and I realize how ineffective and detrimental our communication techniques have been when dealing with conflict between us. We learned how beneficial the constructive interactions are, enabling us to reach agreement, compromise, and state our needs and feelings – resulting in a win-win arrangement. And we’re happy, not angry!
2. Did you find the facilitator (Gregory Kyles) knowledgeable about anger management?
Yes, absolutely. Greg’s training regarding anger as a secondary emotion, and how critical it is that we are aware when we feel a primary emotion is the key to staying calm. Realizing that our actions & feelings might lead to anger and learning how to prevent those feelings from escalating to anger was extremely valuable.
Greg thoroughly reviewed each topic and asked questions. Greg discussed students’ answers and provided insight for each student – often helping a student identify feelings that were buried. Greg is very focused and works with students on their anger problems until they understand how damaging their actions are. He discusses what the student could have done to have a positive outcome. He encourages students to interact with one another in a supportive environment.
3. What did you like about the classes, and what did you dislike?
The group environment (2 – 8 students) was ideal. It is not counseling where couples blame each other and someone is right or wrong. Greg’s class focuses on positive communication styles and helps students understand how stress impacts and strain relationships. Listening to each student’s control log helped us realize we are not alone in losing control with those we love. We identify with each student’s story. Greg and the student review how damaging their actions have been, and offer support and encouragement using positive interactions. Not only have I learned from Greg, but I have learned from other students’ stories and their insight. This class content and presentation is very powerful if we are open to it.
My husband and I took different classes but attended during the same time frame. I highly recommend that couples both attend this seminar at the same time. We benefited from the same new perspective, and we could reinforce (and benefit from) the communication skills we were learning. We were “on the same page”. We are committed to improving our relationship, and through this class, we are learning positive communication techniques together. We consider this seminar similar to a marriage enrichment seminar. We are working to improve our listening skills, focus on our current problem and to take “one step at a time” toward resolution.
I like everything about this class. It doesn’t take long to realize the benefits of positive communication.
4. Would you recommend the program to a family member, co-worker or friends?
Yes, I already have recommended Greg and the anger management seminar to family, friends, and co-workers and supervisors. This class has had a very positive impact on my life. Sue F.
Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson ® 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