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Tampa family therapist jailed

TAMPA — Tired of your child's defiance, arguing, and disrespectful attitude?

Having problems with your child at home, in school, or out in public?

Family therapist Michael Anthony Holder poses these questions on his Web site, and offers an answer:

His "Dynamic Parenting System," an intensive series of in-home consultations designed to help parents correct their children's negative behaviors.

But Saturday night, Holder's own parenting tactics landed him in jail.

Holder, 39, was arrested on two domestic battery charges, including battery on his 15-year-old stepson, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports.

Holder is accused of grabbing the boy by the neck during a dispute, choking him and inflicting several cuts on the boy's arms and face and a bruise on his left arm, an arrest report said.

Holder denied choking the boy, but admitted touching him in an attempt to get his stepson out of his living quarters, the report states.

Holder, of Tampa, remained in Orient Road Jail on Sunday without bail.

Holder lists his employer as ACTS, or Agency for Community Treatment Services, a nonprofit that provides a range of services, from help with substance abuse to mental illness to child protection.

The report says that Holder's wife identified herself as a witness to deputies. She could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Hillsborough court records show Holder and his wife filed for divorce less than two weeks ago.

"Behind great relationships there is always great parenting," Holder says in his Web site. "And great parenting is only achieved when a child values and respects the role of their parent."

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at or (813) 226-3354.

Update: Michael Anthony Holder was cleared of his charges by the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office. His state license as a registered mental health counselor intern is clear and active, with no discipline or public complaints on file.

Tampa family therapist jailed 11/23/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 12:19pm]
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