A Better Way Counseling Service, LLC is a Washington State Certified Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Agency. We provide Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment (DVIT) for men and women who are court-ordered to be in treatment. Our DVIT program follows the guidelines outlined in the WAC 110-60A that defines how the treatment is done in Washington State.
Voluntary individuals that want to enter our program may do so and must follow the same guidelines. All of our treatment starts with an assessment before joining a group. Our program helps men and women learn and practice nonviolent methods of dealing with conflict in relationships.
At A Better Way Counseling Service, our philosophy is that we cannot teach respect by being disrespectful. In addition, the groups are designed to teach nonviolence, accountability, conflict resolution, boundary setting, and assertiveness instead of aggression. The group leaders provide a variety of other concepts related to being less controlling and abusive. We believe that respect is essential to model in order to teach these concepts.
Treatment, as directed by state law, is primarily done in a group setting. In rare cases, individual counseling may serve as part of treatment. Couples’ counseling is never offered as part of DV treatment because it has proven to be the most dangerous form of treatment for abusive relationships.
Anger Management & Domestic Violence Group Times
An assessment is required as the first step to starting our classes. Assessments must be prepaid to reserve an appointment. If you have any current or upcoming family court/custody cases, we are not able to provide these services for you at this time. If CPS or DCYF is sponsoring you, please give us a call as we can take these cases specifically. Please bring any court paperwork that describes what they are asking you to do. If you have questions about what you need to do to get started please call our office at 360-281-6824.
Please be aware that our Assessments are solely for Criminal Court or voluntary clients. They are not applicable in Family Court. We are only able to offer English speaking classes at this time.
These groups are open only to those who complete an Assessment appointment with our counselors. Some offered group times may be full due to demand. To check availability or to schedule an Assessment, please call our office at (360) 281-6824.
Group Times and Cost per session: $50
Tuesdays: 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM
Tuesdays: 7:30 PM- 9:00 PM (Women’s group)
Wednesdays 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Wednesdays 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM (Online, based on a case-by-case basis)
Thursdays 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Sunday 5:15 PM-6:45 PM