Domestic Violence/Anger Management

Domestic violence can include many types of abusive behavior such as physical, verbal, psychological, emotional, property, economic, or sexual abuse. Abuse always includes various types of controlling behavior that often results in a relationship defined by power and control. Controlling behaviors can include intimidation, manipulation, giving orders, a constant need to be right, micro-managing, as well as passive-aggressive behaviors like withdrawal, shutting down, and dismissive comments.

A Better Way Counseling is a Washington State Certified Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Agency. We provide Domestic Violence (DV) Perpetrator Treatment for men and women who are court-ordered to be in DV treatment. Our DV Treatment program follows the guidelines outlined in the WAC 110-60A that defines how DV treatment is done in Washington state. Voluntary individuals that want to enter the DV program may do so and must follow the same guidelines. All DV treatment starts with an assessment before entering a group. Our DV Treatment program helps men and women learn and practice nonviolent methods of dealing with conflict in relationships.

Our philosophy is that we cannot teach respect by being disrespectful. Our Anger Management/Domestic Violence groups are designed to teach nonviolence, accountability, conflict resolution, boundary setting, assertiveness instead of aggression, and a variety of other concepts related to being less controlling and abusive. We believe that respect is essential to model as well as teach these concepts.

Domestic violence treatment, as directed by state law, is primarily done in a group setting. In rare cases, individual counseling may serve as part of domestic violence treatment. Couple’s counseling is never offered as part of domestic violence treatment because it has proven to be the most dangerous form of treatment for abusive relationships.

Anger Management & Domestic Violence Group

Offered:
Tuesdays: 5:15pm-6:45 pm (Women’s group)

Tuesdays: 7:00 pm- 8:15 pm (Women’s group)

Tuesdays 7:15pm-8:45pm

Wednesdays: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm

Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm
Saturdays 9:30am-11:00am
Sunday 5:15pm-6:45pm

Cost per session: $40

These groups are open to those who complete an assessment appointment with our counselors. Our Anger Management/Domestic Violence groups are designed to teach non-violence, accountability, conflict resolution, boundary setting, assertiveness instead of aggression, and a variety of other concepts related to being less controlling and abusive. We believe that respect is essential to model as well as teach these concepts.

Some offered group times may be full due to demand. To schedule an assessment or check group availability, please call our office at (360) 281-6824

If you need to complete a Domestic Violence Assessment, please fill out:
  1. Domestic Violence Pre-Assessment
  2. Releases of Information (ROIs) for:
    1. Corrections,
    2. Law Enforcement,
    3. Victim/Partner,
    4. Anyone else who may need to ask about your treatment progress or payments.
    5. A disclosure for the DV Staff you will be working with.

Assessments cost $165 and must be prepaid to reserve an appointment. If you have not filled out all required paperwork before the time of your appointment, you will have to reschedule. Please note that these appointments are nonrefundable/nontransferable. Contact our office for more details and to ensure we have received all required documents. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please be aware that our Assessments are solely for Criminal Court or voluntary clients. They are not applicable in Family Court. We are not able to offer Spanish or Russian-speaking classes at this time.

Current Anger Management & Domestic Violence Staff

Caleb Merryman

Caleb Merryman

BS, AAC (he/him)

I believe there is a nonviolent solution to all conflict. I enjoy teaching my clients how to meet th

Tina Powell

Tina Powell

LMHC (She/Her)

I am passionate for deinstitutionalization, decriminalization, and social justice for persons experi

Magen Brown

Magen Brown

MHP, LMHCA (She/Her)

My approach supports individuals to understand the connection between thoughts, feelings and behavio

Wendy Scott

Wendy Scott

MS, LMHCA (she/her)

I help others find their own compass to healing, by supporting them where they are in the moment, an

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

LMHC

I provide individual, couple, family and group counseling. I have lead domestic violence groups, agg

Julie Archer

Julie Archer

MS, LMHCA, NCC (She/Her)

Everyone has the capacity within themselves to grow, develop, and integrate healing into their daily