Open Letter To All Interested

Richard Taylor is Director and Owner of Atlanta Anger Management.
He upholds the highest ethical practice principles.
Richard is an advocate for proper Anger Management training
that differs from psychotherapy and psychiatry.

You may want to read below for more information.

Feel free to e-mail or call 678-576-1913 to discuss or for information.


At this time (2018) there is no licensing requirement by the Georgia Secretary of State Office for Anger Management.

Anger Management and Domestic Violence (Family Violence) requires different Training and Certifications.

Domestic Violence / Domestic Family Violence laws do not apply to Anger Management.

Anger Management is not psychotherapy. Anger Management is psycho-education training and a highly personalized form of treatment. APA (LPC) Counselors take the same Certification Training* to offer Legitimate Anger Management Training to their client base that is Court Certified.

Anger Management does not seek to help those in need of counseling to find ways of avoiding their anger altogether. Identifying what makes you angry, how you feel about it, finding the source of your anger does not make you less angry.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, anger is a normal human emotion. It is not a mental disorder, consequently it is not responsive to traditional counseling, psychotherapy or psychotropic medication.

Anger is not listed in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5).

Anger Management is Psycho-Educational Coaching, Training, Teaching to educate the individual to the mechanism of anger, coping strategies to choose better behaviors for better outcomes. Learning about Stress Management, Improving Communication, Learning About Managing Conflict, Emotional Intelligence, and Cognitive Distortions helps individuals see that everyone can get angry. Healthy people know how to control anger so it doesn’t destroy their interpersonal relationships at home, work or out in public.

Court Certified Anger Management legitimate programs are designed to positively reduce offender recidivism and increase public safety.


  • For Repeat Offenders 12 Classes over 12 weeks is suggested.
  • Severe Cases: 20-24 Hours Of Classes/once a week
  • For First Time Offenders depending on the severity of the charge: 8 to 12 Hours of Classes
  • For Minor Charges, you know the client is not guilty or it is not proven: 4 Hours Minimum of Classes
  • TIP: Using a check box for Anger Management on forms or assigning Anger Management without defining what is required, places the burden of determining the number of classes on the Anger Management Provider.

IMHO, I do not believe a One Hour Class provides enough contact for the person involved to learn anything to help themselves learn how to make better choices to not get arrested again. Hence the 4 Hour/4 Classes minimum suggested. 90% of people, blame others and do not accept responsibility for their actions. This shifts during our program and people experience that a good Anger Management Program is worthwhile.

 Participants are assigned ‘One Class’ or ‘Take a Class’. This creates confusion as Our Anger Management Class is a minimum of 8 hours of material and often extends to 12 hours or more. You do not attend any higher learning class for one hour and get your Certificate of Completion. Think about that. That would be considered a “joke” of a program. I do see people who say they got set-up by their lying partners or lying strangers and a mired of other stories that blame others. I assume at least some are true. But One Hour Class?


At this time (2018) there is no licensing requirement by the Georgia Secretary of State Office for Anger Management.

Certified Anger Management Providers* become certified by Credited Anger Management Companies* awarding Title Designations that include but are not limited to:

Certified Anger Resolution Therapist™ (CART)
The Center Of Anger Resolution, Inc.™
Certified Anger Management Expert™  (CAME)
Atlanta Anger Management

Certified Anger Management Specialist™ (CAMS)
National Association Of Anger Management (NAMA)™
Certified Anger Management Facilitators™ (CAMF)
Anderson and Anderson™
Certified Anger Management Professional (CAMP)
Century Anger Management
Certified Anger Management Counselor (CAMC)
Anger Management Essentials
Anger Management Treatment Profesional (AMTP)




Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Georgia Secretary of State
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: (478) 207-2440



Newton Hightower LCSW, LMFT, LPC, CART
Anger Management Expert
The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc.™ of Houston, TX.
We offer a positive approach to resolving rage and improving the quality of life through anger control.

“Destructive anger hurts your health, makes you miserable, blocks solutions, wastes your energy, keeps you helpless, invites attacks, imprisons your spirit, wrecks human relations, gives you headaches, causes accidents, ruins restful sleep and turns a love life into a lonely life.” — Newton Hightower

About the Center for Anger Resolution
At The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc. people do find solutions to their rage. Founded in 1993, The Center provides counseling, education, and training on anger management.

As a licensed psychotherapist for more than 35 years, Newton Hightower is a sought-after expert in anger management. After fighting a personal battle with anger that nearly destroyed his marriage, Mr. Hightower learned to resolve anger.

That led Newton to write his highly acclaimed book, Anger Busting 101: New ABCs for Angry Men and the Women Who Love Them. His book was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Psychology/Self Help book for 2002 by the Independent Book Publishers Association. The award is given to top books produced by independent publishing companies throughout the United States and Canada. Read more about this award winning anger management book.

Newton Hightower is the Founder and Director of The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc. and the former Director of the Baylor Family Medicine Counseling Clinic in Houston, Texas. Mr. Hightower is a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and served on the Board of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society for more than a decade. He is also the Past President of the Houston Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. Through his books, workshops, and training, Mr. Hightower has helped thousands of people across the country learn revolutionary anger management techniques.

Mr. Hightower trains other therapists around the country to help save marriages and to help men/women stop their fault-finding, sarcasm, arguing, self-justification, righteous indignation, rage and violence. Through Certification Course, Mr. Hightower trains therapists to become Certified Anger Resolution Therapists™. The New ABC’s Of Anger, Anger Management Curriculum is accepted in all 50 US States.

Mr. Hightower was a keynote speaker at the first National Conference on Alcohol and Drugs on factors in violence. Frequently, Mr. Hightower speaks at national and regional professional conferences and has been interviewed often on television and radio.

Atlanta Anger Management’s Richard L. Taylor was personally certified by George Anderson of Anderson and Anderson™ of Brentwood, CA., in 2009.  Accepted in all 50 US States. Richard L. Taylor has become a leader nationally in Anger Management . Richard is no longer asscociated with Anderson and Anderson™

Richard L. Taylor is also a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist ™ [CART] certified by Newton Hightower Of The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc.™ of Houston, TX., Working with Violent and Rageful Men and Women. Accepted in all 50 US States, a leader nationally in Anger Management.

Richard L. Taylor is also a Certified Anger Management Expert™  (CAME)
Atlanta Anger Management.

Certified Bar-On MHS Emotional Intelligence EQi-2.0 Provider
Gottman Institute Seven Principles Educator
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Certificate of Completion
American Association of Anger Management Providers Diplomate
Michele Weiner-Davis Certificate Of Completion Divorce Busting I

Richard Taylor was guest of Valerie Davis Radio Program
Live, Laugh, Love, It’s Just Life – Just Val
Christian Radio WYZE 1480am
1111 Boulevard SE Atlanta, GA 30312
95.5FM & AM750 News/Talk WSB – Atlanta’s news 100.5 FM Macon, Georgia

Discussing Anger Management and tips for listeners to overcome anger issues.

KISS 104.1 MARCH 24, 2013 from 7PM – 8PM
THE JENNIFER KEITT SHOW OF KISS 104.1 TAPES RICHARD TAYLOR FOR STOP ARGUING & START TALKING SHOW Principle Director Richard Taylor Of Atlanta Anger Management was videotaped for segments for her show KISS 104.1 MARCH 24, 2013 from 7PM – 8PM

KISS 104.1 JULY 28, 2013 from 6PM – 8PM
THE JENNIFER KEITT SHOW OF KISS 104.1 – RICHARD TAYLOR ON BLUE LIGHTS SPECIAL TALK SHOW Principle Director Richard Taylor Of Atlanta Anger Management was on the air for a segment for her show KISS 104.1 JULY 28, 2013 from 6PM – 8PM

DISCOUNTS: We offer discounts to Public Officials, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Homeland Security, FBI, GBI, Military, Former Military. Inquire. No Free Classes Offered.

Our Anger Management Programs are designed to positively reduce offender recidivism and increase public safety.

Services Include: Court Ordered Anger Management Classes | Saturday Anger Management Classes | Anger Management Classes | Anger Assessment Evaluations | Stress Management | Couples Conflict Management | Rage Management | Emotional Intelligence Education | Organization Meeting Seminars | Anger & Stress Accelerated One Day Courses | Aggressive Driving & Rade Rage | Character Development | VIP Service | Blog

Participants are self check in, Court Ordered or often Companies H.R. and EAP Managers referred including employees, Administration VIPs, Government, Law Enforcement, and Educational Institutions. Georgia Certified Anger Management Provider.

Through Atlanta Anger Management you will learn tools to grow and become more productive and happy with your life. We welcome you without judgment. Discrete.

Call 678-576-1913 for information.


Richard TaylorOwner/Director Richard L. Taylor BS, CART, CAME
Certified Anger Resolution Therapist
Certified Anger Management Expert

Atlanta Anger Management
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 678-576-1913
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

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More and more men are coming to Atlanta Anger Management with similar stories as below. Worth the read and reflection for those now involved in Couple Conflicts or involved with an unstable emotionally charged partner.

Please POST your comments and own experience as it will add greatly to this very needed discussion. Change in attitudes, laws, support groups, needs to happen so men have rights and justice too. Tell your story truthfully please. Thank you. – Director Richard Taylor of Atlanta Anger Management

False Allegations To Gain Advantage In Divorce

by Steve Cloer

At first I didn’t believe the stories were true. It wasn’t that I thought the stories I heard were lies or the people telling them were not being truthful, but the rational and logical areas of my mind wouldn’t let me believe them.

After all, this is America, synonymous with freedom, civil rights and justice. I discounted the stories as unusual situations or atypical. Then, I began to meet more people who told similar stories. I still could not rationally believe them. Their stories didn’t seem real. How could they be factual? Certainly something would have been done about it if any of these stories were true.

Because of the erratic behavior and problem drinking by my wife, I was warned many times to expect to become an actor, a victim in one of these stories. Still it was too unreasonable for me to imagine. Too farfetched to believe. I did not disbelieve the people who told me of their parts in these stories. However, reason would not allow me to believe the stories could be true.

It was a shock my beliefs could not recognize. “This is America,” I thought, “Millions of American men and women have sacrificed, some giving their lives to guarantee my freedom, rights and justice.” “You are innocent until proven guilty.” “Due process!” my beliefs echoed. The phrases of our freedom stuck in my mind, implanted continuously since childhood. I recalled the phrase “with liberty and justice for all.” I remembered saying that phrase thousands of time growing up, as all school children in America had each morning in their classrooms and many other places. As my son does now at each of his Boy Scout meetings. Certainly there is “liberty and justice for all” in America?

But my time had come.

I was coaching my son’s soccer team one Saturday when his mother came by the field and convinced him to leave with her after practice. While she was there waiting for the practice to end she was talking on her cell phone with a very serious, business like demeanor. I went on home alone, instead of going to eat at one of my son’s favorite places with him, as we usually did after soccer practice.

Shortly after I got home there was a knock at my door. I peered out the window and could see two sheriff’s deputies. My first thoughts were that someone had been hurt. Naively, with curiosity, I answered the door.

Their first words set my mind numb. After I heard the initial words “ Domestic Violence Complaint” I could only hear a few of the words they said, and they were mixed in the racing of my numb mind. They told me they were here to serve me.

It must be a mistake!

My thoughts raced, searching for the reasons, the source, the cause. There were none I could attribute to this ridiculous charge.

The deputy read on. I could still not hear his words. Life had immediately become a slow motion fog, the warnings of the stories I had heard rang in my head as the deputy read.

Some neighbors, seeing the sheriff’s car, had gathered across the street, watching and listening as the deputy talked loudly. When he finished he asked: “Do you understand this?” I had no idea what he had just said. I answered, “No. I hardly heard a word you said.” The deputy very loudly repeated:

  • “If you come near your residence you will be arrested.”
  • “You can have no contact with any of the members of your family, no phone calls, no letters, no emails, no notes sent through a third party, you can’t go to your children’s school to see them.”
  • “Violate any of this and you will be charged with a felony.”
  • “You have twenty minutes to pack some clothes.”

The sheriff went on, my mind went numb again, not hearing his words. I interrupted, “What is this about?” He answered, “Your wife has filed a family violence complaint against you.”

“For what?”, I asked. “You can read it in the complaint we’ll give you when you leave here,” was his answer.

The two sheriff deputies followed me throughout my house, inspecting my every move and examining each item I chose to take with me. After a short while one deputy hurried me along saying, “Finish up, we have several more places to go.” After I packed a few items they escorted me to my vehicle, took the keys to my house, workshop, and other vehicle, and, with the threat of arresting me if I returned, watched while I drove away.

For a moment I felt that I knew what it was like in 1940’s Europe, the authorities had come to my house with no evidence or proof of any wrong doing and forced me from my home and family without any pretense of a hearing or trial.

I drove to an all night restaurant and stopped in the parking lot, shaking, feeling like I was in a dream. My mind was engulfed in a mental fog, working in slow motion, churning with a thousand images running through it. I tried to read the complaint, but I had to read each word or sentence several times before my mind would concentrate enough to grasp the meaning.

The complaint was signed by Judge Gene Reeves, who I had never seen nor heard of before.

I sat in my car all night, staring out the window, unable to sleep, unable to stop the tears. I felt like a man without a country. I was instantly transformed into a homeless person with no access to my child, my belongings or my means of supporting myself. This was the first of many similar nights to follow.

As soon as I was able to concentrate on the complaint, I began to piece things together.

I remembered that ten days before my wife had pulled up into the driveway and came out to my shop where I was working. It was apparent to me that she had been drinking and she had our 7-year-old son with her as she commonly took the boy out with her driving while she was drinking! She was angry, as she frequently was when she indulged in her frequent drinking bouts.

I noticed her angry behavior and was expecting her to become physically violent, as she had many times before when she was drinking and angry. To protect myself, and save my son from observing more family conflict, I closed and locked the workshop door to prevent her entry. I was trying to avoid another one of her drunken verbal and physical attacks. Her primary statement in the complaint was that I pushed her during this incident.

Prudence and the law allow self-defense when assaulted, and leaving the conflict is strongly recommended. The law considers it child abuse when children are exposed to family violence.

Previous to this incident I had repeatedly endured verbal abuse from her when she was drinking, demands that I not associate with my friends, accusations when I wanted to leave the house, and she consistently tried to alienate our son from me.

She frequently became belligerent as a result of the alcoholic binges. That led to numerous incidents of her pushing, slapping, punching, kicking, and throwing things at me.

Despite her repeated abusive behavior I had never reported her. I found the idea of my son’s mother enduring the humiliation of being taken to jail repugnant. How could I allow my son to bear the effects of his mother being taken by the police?

From the stories I had heard from other men I felt no one would listen to me, a man, even if I made a report. If I did report her, and she was arrested, I knew she would likely seek revenge by telling my son how I had sent Mommy to jail. Her intentions were consistently to punish me by attempting to further alienate my son from me as she had already been actively doing. She had already successfully alienated my stepdaughter.

At home I had emails written by my wife to her friends describing how she had hit or kicked me, video tapes of her aggressive (a suggestion from the police), abusive, threatening physical behavior toward me. I had also kept phone contact information of people who had witnessed her abusing me, a police report filed when her mother called me on the phone and threatened to “blow me away.” But, conveniently for her, after she reported me I was not allowed into my house to retrieve these things before the court date. Even my being near my own house would result in an arrest and a felony conviction.

In the papers I was served there were several complaints other than the workshop incident, all fabrications. One such complaint was that “I held her arms,” neglecting to mention that the reason I “held her arms” was to keep her from continuing to hit me during several incidents where she had been drinking.

In my wife’s deposition, taken after the time these alleged incidents took place, there was naturally no mention of any of these drunken affrays. In fact, in the deposition my wife referred to me as “pretty perfect” when questioned about my behavior.

The compliant the sheriff served me with required that I be evaluated by a court-approved psychologist. I made an appointment, paid the fee, and attended the evaluation. I took written tests and underwent a verbal interview. The evaluation stated that there was no indication of a violent potential and that any further treatment or evaluation was not prescribed.

I went to court the first time in my life expecting serious consideration of the allegations to be examined by the judge. After all there is “justice for all” in America. A judge who cared about his duty and who stood for justice would expose the truth. The judge would have fairness, justice and the best interest of my son in mind. My thinking was that no responsible person would advocate a drunken woman becoming violent toward a father in front of the child, especially a person in such an esteemed position as a judge.

My wife had no proof or evidence of any kind to indicate that any violence took place. She had no police reports, no medical reports, no witnesses, no pictures of bruises or scrapes, nothing!

I attended the court hearing at Gwinnett Justice Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, telephone: (770) 822-8000, Case Number 00-A-08605-0, in front of Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchum. My lawyer advised me to play down anything that happened that would be considered violence because, no matter who was guilty, the man would be the one put out of the house.

I made a mistake. I told the truth instead.

During the hearing I was rushed through a busy court system. The judge commented “We have a lot of people here and I want to finish and get home in time for dinner.” The judge looked at me and told me, “Give me your Readers Digest condensed version of what happened.” The judge read my wife’s list of complaints. He didn’t ask me, “ Did you do this?” What is your side of the story?” “Do you dispute these allegations?” I started telling my side of the workshop incident. The judge started writing up the order before I had hardly begun my story. The Judge appeared to listen to everything my wife said and ignore anything I presented. The psychological evaluation was never brought up.

The judge told me, as he had told others that day, “It’s only for six months,” seemingly justifying his decision, as if getting thrown out of your house and work for six months was a minor inconvenience.

The judge took the usual course of “When in doubt, throw him out.” It appeared he never even considered that the woman might have been the aggressor. I was removed from my home where I made my living in my workshop and home office. I was forced to pay my abuser $500 a month and to make the $950 house payment. I was ordered to pay her credit card bill. I was not allowed near my house under threat of a felony conviction.

The 5 th and 14 th Amendments of the United States Constitution, which requires that no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, or deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law,” was cast aside and ignored for both my son and myself.

My wife had lived in the same house with me for ten days after my “violent act” before she filed her complaint. She had several friends and relatives in the area but apparently didn’t feel terrified enough of me to flee to one of those places in that ten days.

Later, my son’s guardian ad litem (a court appointed person to investigate the children’s situation and recommend custody, typically a crony of the judge) stated in court and in a report that she found it strange that the complaint was filed ten days after the supposed incident. It was clear the guardian ad litem was very suspicious about the allegations. My wife’s lawyer invented the excuse that: “She couldn’t get a hold of me to find out what to do for those ten days.”

Days later I went to the court clerk’s office and looked through the case file. The judge had a paper in the file he was apparently using to take notes as my hearing took place. The notes were incorrect on several subjects; such as I prevented her from coming in the house (not the workshop). The paper was covered with doodles, indicative of the disinterest to find the facts the judge showed in my case and reflects the boredom and disinterest the judge had with the whole procedure.

Because I worked out of the workshop at my house I suffered a loss from several projects I was working on that I could not finish. That cost me thousands and damaged my company’s reputation. To pay everything the court ordered I would still have been $33 a month short after I paid my entire average monthly income. But I was barred from the shop where I derived that income.

Most importantly, my son was deprived of a very good and active father with whom he had a strong, close relationship. All this with no evidence whatsoever! I was able to see my son only because the guardian ad litem recommended 50/50 shared custody, one week with me and one week with the mother. This didn’t seem to indicate that I was a violent threat from the guardian ad litem’s perspective. However, for this to be allowed I had to secure an appropriate residence.

The cost of this residence was $1,400 a month, a one-room motel, for eight months on top of the $950 house payment and $500 support I was forced to make.

While I was out of the house, my wife pillaged my belongings, financial documents, business papers, and computer data. She took what she wanted including $7,200 from the company account. She removed my property from the house, slandered me to the neighbors and friends, and continued actively attempting to alienate my son from me.

The effect on my son was immediate. He had been on a soccer team for five seasons but quit playing because, according to comments his mother made to him: “It is too much trouble and it is too expensive.” In his second year with Boy Scouts he showed no progress with activities involving parents. He stopped doing the things he and I had enjoyed together that provided exercise; walking to school, riding bikes, hiking, soccer, and more. These physical activities were replaced by his mother with watching cartoons and playing Nintendo. My son immediately gained weight, which his young peers teased him about.

The year before, when he was in first grade and I was in the house, he was recommended for the gifted program. In the second grade, with me out of the house and unable to see him regularly, he was recommended for summer school for failing several subjects.

This situation didn’t have anything to do with the family violence associated with my wife’s drinking binges. It had to do with control. It had to do with the impending property settlement. It had to do with a future court hearing and judgment. It was the only way to get me out of the house that my wife hoped would become hers. The charge of domestic violence against me was nothing more than a way to place a face card in a hand that was yet to be played. This was a calculated move by a woman that was experiencing her third divorce, as well as being coached by her mother who had involved herself and assisted her three daughters in a total of seven divorces.

The divorce that followed effectively used the “Domestic Violence Conviction” to maximum advantage. The divorce and the results of it were even more devastating than the domestic violence case. In the divorce I was permanently forced from my home, prevented from seeing my son, and forced to pay my accuser, all with no evidence.

If someone came to anyone’s house with a gun and forced them from it, prevented them from seeing their children, and forced the occupants to pay the intruders money, this would be considered a crime of great brutality and abuse, exploitation, greed, vengeance, and a miscarriage of justice.

Since this happened to me I have met many men falsely accused of domestic violence. The number is surprising. The motivations for the accusations are the same; for the wife to gain control over the property and finances and to degrade the living standards and the emotional strength of the man to the point where he is at the mercy of the wife, her lawyer and the court.

I have seen men who were forced out of their house because of false accusations living in their cars, homeless, or accepting the favor of friends or of a church for a place to stay. These men have no money and are unable to see their children. Some of these men have committed suicide. Some have done worse.

I’ve learned that domestic violence accusations are widespread. I spent the better part of a day recently in the clerk’s office at the courthouse. There was a steady stream of women coming into the clerk’s office for domestic violence complaints. All were women. Not one man came in even though statistics show women initiate or participate in the violence in 50% of these incidents. The women were told to wait until 1:30 PM that day and then they could go to the magistrate judge’s court and he would look at their complaint. At 1:30 there were about eight women in the court waiting to have the magistrate look at their complaint. The judge came in and asked each what her problem was and filled out the complaint as the women told him their story.

He signed all of the complaints without further question or any proof whatsoever, like he was handing out Halloween candy.

I went back to the clerk’s office again and looked at the calendar for domestic violence hearings. I noticed hearings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

When I’d had my hearing, about a year and a half before, they were only having them on Tuesdays. I asked why the extra days and she informed me that the cases have grown from about 20 per week to anywhere from 50 to 80 per week at present.

In my experience, domestic violence laws produce a misuse and abuse of the system by lawyers and unhappy spouses to gain power, increase financial gains, and attain vengeance.

Although men are commonly victims of domestic violence, the laws, attitudes, resources and actions dealing with family violence greatly favor women in a way detrimental to men.

Domestic violence laws are weapons of mass destruction in the divorce and custody wars. A woman can be assured of an ally in the judicial system to assist her in abusing a man. The judiciary has hardened their hearts against men, and fathers in particular.

The imbalance and injustice of the family violence laws and attitudes result in the continued degradation of the foundation of the American society, our families.

The day has come when the multitudinous cries of “wolf” dilutes the pleas of those few who are truly abused. Our society is already undermined by internal strife such as this between families and government. The misuse of family violence laws isn’t just an issue of one person, men in general, or noncustodial parents, this is an issue of the survival of our society.

Steve Cloer

Norcross, Georgia




Atlanta Anger Management do not offer services in Domestic Violence or Family Violence.

Atlanta Anger Management does offer Individual Sessions and Classes for Anger Management, Anger and Rage Issues, Custody Battles Issues, Divorce/Conflict In Couples, Improved Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Stress Management and Coaching For High Conflict Interpersonal Problems.


Director Richard Taylor BS, CAMF
Certified Anger Management Facilitator
Diplomate American Association Anger Management Providers

Atlanta Anger Management
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 678-576-1913
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Linked in:

#1 Oldest Certified Anderson and Anderson™ Anger Management Provider
The Best Of The Best In Anger Management & Emotional Intelligence 





Be an informed driver and know the law and check your own driving habits
to see if you need some habit changing. Like stop talking on phone while driving
or other behaviors that lead to crashes and possible death of another because of your actions. Prevention and caution goes a long way to arriving safely and being alive.

Public Service Posting – Laws Do Change So Always Stay Current


May 2014

Below is a list of the key highway safety laws in Georgia. For more information, contact the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.


  • Intent to annoy
  • Harass
  • Molest
  • Intimidate
  • Injure or obstruct another person

While doing one or more of the following:

  • Overtaking and passing another vehicle
  • Violating traffic lane markings
  • Following too closely
  • Violating signal
  • Lane change
  • Slowing or stopping laws
  • Impeding traffic flows
  • Reckless driving.

Anger Management Classes
Rage Help
Road Rage Help
Stress Management
Private Individual Sessions
IP Concierge Coaching Services
Anger Assessments
Emotional Intelligence EQ-i 2.0 Assessments

Aggressive Driving
Aggressive Driver Actions Defined by Statute Comments
Intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure or obstruct another person, while doing one or more of the following: overtaking and passing another vehicle; violating traffic lane markings; following too closely; violating signal, lane change, slowing or stopping laws; impeding traffic flows; reckless driving.  

Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and State Highway Safety Office.

Cell Phones and Texting
Hand-held Ban All Cell Phone Ban Text Messaging Ban Crash
School Bus Drivers Novice Drivers All Drivers School Bus Drivers Novice Drivers
Covered under all driver ban Yes

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Child Passenger Safety
Child Restraint Required
unless indicated, # refers to Yrs.(Lbs.)
Adult Safety Belt Permissible
unless indicated, # refers to Yrs.(Lbs.)
Maximum Fine 
1st Offense
<8 (and <57″) in rear seat if available >57″; >40 lbs. in rear seat can use lap belt if lap/shoulder belt unavailable $50 + points

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Drug Impaired Driving
Per Se Laws for Drugs (Forbidding Prohibited Substances in Driver’s Body) DEC/DRE Programs
(Providing Law Enforcement Training)
Yes Yes

Source: State Highway Safety Office.

Drunk Driving
Inc. Penalty for High BAC Admin. License Susp. on 1st Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Susp. Ignition Interlocks Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions Open Container Laws* Repeat Offender Laws* Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
*Meeting Federal Requirements
.15 1 year Yes Mandatory for repeat convictions Vehicle confiscation Yes Yes Yes

Sources: Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol ProblemsInsurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and State Highway Safety Office.

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)
Learner Stage Intermediate Stage Full Privilege
Min. Age
(Years/ Months)
Min. Age
(Years/ Months)

  1. Duration
Driving Hours
(Night Hours)
Min. Age
(Years/ Months)
Nighttime Driving Restriction Passenger
(except family, unless noted)
15 12 40 (6) 16 Midnight – 6 a.m.
(secondary enforcement)
First 6 mos.–no pass; second 6 mos.–no more than 1 <21; thereafter–no more than 3
(secondary enforcement)

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Motorcyclists Bicyclists
Universal Helmet Law (Year Enacted) Partial Law Universal Helmet Law Repealed
1969     <16

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Mature Drivers
Length of Regular Renewal Cycle (Yrs.) Provisions for Mature Drivers
Choice of 5 or 10; veterans valid until 65 yrs. >60: renewal every 5 yrs.
>64: vision test

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Seat Belts
Type of Law Who is Covered (Yrs.) In What Seat Maximum Fine 1st Offense
Primary 8 – 17 All $15
>18 Front

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway and State Highway Safety Office.

State Law

Sources: Segway LLC and State Highway Safety Office.

Sobriety Checkpoints
Checkpoints Conducted? Frequency Legality
Yes Weekly Upheld under state and federal Constitution

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Speed Limits
Rural Interstates Urban Interstates Other Limited Access Roads
70 70 55 55 65 65
Georgia ‘Super Speeder Law’ adds on $200 in state fees for any driver convicted of speeding at >75 on any two-lane roads or >85 on multiple lane roads anywhere in the state.

Sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Speed and Red Light Cameras
Violation / State Law Permitted Locations/Criteria Citation Issued To / Liability Image Taken Penalties (Traditional Penalties)
Speed: No state law or programs
Red light: Permitted Statewide Registered owner/
License tag, intersection and light $70 max.; not conviction or record offense; no points; not moving violation; not used by insurers
($1,000 max.; 3 points)

Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Office.

Work Zones
Violations Affected Enhanced Penalties Workers Must Be Present Signs Must Be Present
Speeding $100-$2,000 and/or up to 12 months in jail Either work zone personnel, or barriers, work vehicles or shoulder or pavement drop offs Yes

Sources: National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse and State Highway Safety Office.

Georgia Points and Points Reduction

Point System

The Georgia Point System ranges from 2 to 6 points. A driver with 15 points in a 24 month period will be suspended.

Points are assessed for each conviction pursuant to O.C.G.A. §40-5-57(c)(1)(A)

The State assesses no points for speeding convictions less than 15 miles-per hour over the posted speed limit and for convictions of driving ‘Too Fast for Conditions’, as per O.C.G.A. §40-6-180. No points are assessed against non-residents of Georgia.

Offense Code Conviction Points
§40-6-397 Aggressive Driving 6 Points
§40-6-390 Reckless Driving 4 Points
§40-6-163 Unlawful Passing School Bus 6 Points
§40-6-45 Improper Passing on Hill or Curve 4 Points
§40-6-181 Speeding:
15 to 18 mph over speed limit 2 Points
19 to 23 mph over speed limit 3 Points
24 to 33 mph over speed limit 4 Points
34 mph or more over speed limit 6 Points
§40-6-20 Failure to Obey Traffic-Control Device 3 Points
§40-6-2 Failure to Obey Police Officer 3 Points
§40-6-253 Possessing an Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage while Driving 2 Points
§40-6-248.1 Failure to Adequately Secure Load (except fresh farm produce), resulting in an Accident 2 Points
§40-8-76 Violation of Child Safety Restraint
1st Offense 1 Point
2nd or Subsequent Offense 2 Points
§40-6-241.1 Violation of usage of wireless telecommunication device requirements 1 Point
§40-6-241.2 Operating a Vehicle while Text Messaging 1 Point
§40-6-54 Improper Use of Designated Travel Lane –  4th and Subsequent Offense 1 Point
  All Other Moving Violations 3 Points

Points Reductions

How do I obtain a Points Reduction?

In accordance with O.C.G.A §40-5-86, licensed Georgia residents may request that DDS reduce the number of points assessed against their Georgia driver’s license up to 7 points once every 5 years.

To qualify for a Points Reduction, you must successfully complete a certified Driver Improvement (defensive driving) course and present the original certificate of completion to the DDS by mail or in person at one of our Customer Service Centers.

If you request a Points Reduction by mail, please mail the original Driver Improvement (defensive driving) certificate of completion to the Georgia Department of Driver Services, P. O. Box 80447, Conyers, Georgia 30013.

A list of certified Driver Improvement (defensive driving) course can be found at the following link:

Last Updated On: 4/10/2012


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Florida bill would require anger management courses for bullet buyers

By Joshua Rhett Miller

Published March 11, 2013

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A Florida legislator wants anyone trying to buy ammunition to complete an anger management program first, in what critics say is the latest example of local lawmakers reaching for constitutionally-dubious solutions to the problem of gun violence.

The bill filed Saturday by state Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, would require a three-day waiting period for the sale of any firearm and the sale of ammunition to anyone who has not completed anger management courses. The proposal would require ammo buyers to take the anger management courses every 10 years.

“This is not about guns,” Gibson said. “This is about ammunition and not only for the safety of the general community, but also for the safety of law enforcement.”

Gibson said she’s concerned with citizens stockpiling ammunition, potentially creating dangerous situations should those individuals ever come in contact with law enforcement agencies or criminals.

“It’s about getting people to think, really, about how much ammunition they need,” Gibson said. “It’s a step, I think, in a safer direction. It’s about getting people to think before they buy.”

“When I first saw it, I thought it had to be a joke.”

– Sean Caranna, executive director, Florida Carry

Gibson insisted the bill is not “accusatory” toward gun and ammunition owners, but rather an effort to improve the safety of her community. She recalled the death of a Jacksonville man, Jordan Davis, 17, who was fatally shot during a confrontation with another man in November. Michael David Dunn, 46, of Satellite Beach, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the case.

Gibson first announced her intentions to introduce such legislation last month during a rally for Davis, saying “people are just not as patient as they used to be,” according to the Florida Times-Union.

“We see the rage on the road all the time,” she continued Wednesday. “People are just more impatient, I don’t know what it is.”

Gibson’s bill does not offer a threshold for the amount of ammunition needed to necessitate the need for anger management courses.

“It is unlawful to: A) Sell ammunition to another person who does not present certification that he or she has successfully completed an anger-management program consisting of at least 2 hours of online or face-to-face instruction in anger-management techniques,” the bill reads. “The certification must be renewed every 10 years. B) Purchase or otherwise obtain ammunition by fraud, false pretense, or false representation.”

Those in violation of the bill, if passed, would face a second-degree misdemeanor charge. Anyone found in violation a second time within a year of a prior conviction would face a first-degree misdemeanor charge.

Critics of the bill, however, derided the legislation as “absolutely ridiculous” and suggested that Gibson take a course on the U.S. Constitution.

“When I first saw it, I thought it had to be a joke,” said Sean Caranna, executive director of Florida Carry, a nonprofit group championing the right to bear arms. “They’re trying to say that anyone who owns a gun or shoots a gun or has ammunition for it needs counseling and obviously has some anger problems.”

Caranna said he was disappointed that Gibson wasted her time on the bill instead of focusing on other issues like jobs or the state’s rate of foreclosures, which is the highest in the nation.

“We’ve got a lot of issues that should be the focus of these bill slots with limited filing, but instead we put in something as ridiculous as this,” he said. “I don’t see a planet where this passes. This is an attempt to grab attention – it has to be. And that’s really disappointing.”

Jon Gutmacher, an Orlando attorney and author of “Florida Firearms: Law, Use & Ownership,” told that the bill would almost certainly be found to be unconstitutional based on prior restraint.

“It has no reasonable relationship to anything,” he said. “There has to be a reasonable basis to believe that a person had a substantial anger problem that could cause public harm.”

Gutmacher said he found the bill to be an “insult” to any gun owner in the Sunshine State.

“It’s absurd on its face,” he continued. “And anyone who proposes that legislation is in my mind unfit for the legislature because it shows a basic problem with their thinking process, aside from their lack of understanding of what the Constitution is all about. That’s the kind of bill that doesn’t even get past committee.”

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Two Hours Of Anger Management Instruction to affect change is ridiculous. Also why attach this to buying ammunition?


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