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FAQs

Does you offer court-approved classes or court approved programs?

Since there is no legislation on anger management yet, Los Angeles does not have a court-approved Anger Management program. The court does give credit for participants completing our courses through Anger Breakthrough LLC.

My partner/ friend would like to attend the class with me. Can he/she come to class with me?

Partners and family members cannot be in the same class together. There are many reasons for this policy. Your partner may, however, attend other class through our program.

Does you offer a sliding scale for classes?

To help accommodate participants with financial concerns, we offer classes at a low-fee rate of $25 versus the $30 regular class rate.

Do you accept insurance for the Anger Management program?

We can accept insurance, but only when doing therapy. Insurance does not cover psycho-educational classes such as we have since it is not therapy. A diagnosis needs to be treated for insurance to cover fees. Should you want to use insurance, you can request for therapy sessions with our clinical staff. In addition, if you are court-ordered, note that many insurance companies do not cover court-ordered therapy. Please check with your insurance company.

How many anger management classes do I need to take if I’m coming voluntarily?

During the anger management registration process, an assessment will be taken to assess your anger management needs. A clinical overview will also be given which will rule out any clinical concerns that contribute to the anger. Based on the assessment, the anger management intake counselor will suggest the number of classes recommended. In general, we recommend a minimum of three months (one session per week) for a habit to be formed, and six months to maintain the newly learned skills.

Do I need my court papers in order to enroll in your Anger Management program?

Our classes are court-ordered or voluntary.  We recommend that you bring your court papers if you are interested in receiving a progress report for the courts.

How is the parking situation? Is there free parking? Where do I park?

Yes there are numerous free street parking spaces around our building

Do you accept walk-ins for anger management enrollment?

No. Clients need to enroll online and attend an intake appointment prior to coming to class. To ensure that you will be seen, please contact one of our counselors to schedule an appointment at (562) 441-4903.

How many classes can I take in one week?

Once you are enrolled in our classes, you can only take one class per week.

The exceptions are if you meet one of the following requirements:

  1. You sign our “Verification of Volunteer” form declaring that you are a volunteer, and that no paperwork will be requested for proof of enrollment or progress;
  2. You provide us with a signed form from the judge stating that you are permitted to take more than one class per week;
  3. Your court minutes reflect that you are permitted to take more than one class per week; or
  4. Probation/ Workplace / DCFS Worker inform us in writing that you are permitted to take more than one class per week.
How long before I can see results in my behavior?

Anger management counselors will suggest at least 26 sessions of Anger Management classes for results to be practiced and noticeable. The results will also depend on whether you are practicing the anger management skills learned in class outside of class. Some participants have reported a change within a few weeks, so this will depend on whether or not you are practicing the skills learned in your anger management classes.

I need to show proof of enrollment right away! How fast can I get it?

Proof of enrollment for our classes can be provided the same day you enroll for a fee of $50. We can provide you with progress reports at most of the classes. Please request a progress report in writing (via text or email) at least eight days in advance to avoid the $50 expedited fee. In general, you have three weeks to enroll from your initial court date. It’s your responsibility to enroll soon enough to get the appropriate paperwork.

Is it required that I purchase the material or books to be enrolled in your classes?

No, all classroom material will be covered by payment of your fee.

What form of payment is accepted for your classes?

We accept Credit Card or Cash.  When paying cash - bring exact change.

Do I have to pay for your classes in advance?

No, you do not have to pay for our classes in advance. Payment is due at the time of service.  When paying cash - bring exact change.

Do you offer individual classes or executive coaching?

Yes, we do offer executive coaching at all of our locations. You would have the option of working with a licensed clinician, pre-licensed clinician or a certified anger management counselor. This is a great option for anonymity, and for those who do not feel comfortable in a group setting. In addition, the program will be customized to your needs.

Is there any penalty for coming in late?

Clients are only allowed to attend class if they arrive no more than 5 minutes late. If a participant misses more than 5 minutes, the session will not count for the courts.

Will I get a certificate once I have completed your programs?

Yes!

I’ve been court ordered to do anger management, but they didn’t specify how many anger management classes to take. What does this mean?

When a court orders you to do anger management, and does not specify the number of classes, this usually means for you to take 26 weeks, which is a full course of an Anger Management program. It is advisable to verify this information with your attorney.

Will anger management classes help me to never be angry again?

Anger is a basic human emotion and it is unrealistic to expect to never feel anger. Anger management classes are not designed to eliminate anger; however, they teach you effective skills to help manage your anger in both healthy and appropriate ways.

How do I know if I need Anger Management?

Anger Management is helpful if you are having difficulty controlling your temper, or are having angry outbursts that lead to significant problems with the law, at work, at school, or in public situations such as driving. Of course there are different levels of anger. If someone has complained to you about your anger, then that’s an indicator that you may need to look into receiving anger management help.

What is the difference between Anger Management and Batterer’s Treatment Program?

Anger Management programs are sometimes utilized in place of Batterer’s Intervention Program. While excellent at what they are designed to do, Anger Management programs do not generally meet the needs of most batterers. We do offer classes for Batterer’s Intervention or Domestic Violence. Anger management is extremely inappropriate for domestic abusers if it is the only treatment/counseling the abuser will be receiving. Anger management is appropriate for perpetrators of stranger or non-intimate partner violence, road rage, simple battery, and workplace violence.

Are your classes a form of therapy?

Our programs are not therapy; rather they are used for coaching and learning different tools and techniques to manage and prevent aggressive behavior.

How do I know whether I have a problem with substance use rather than anger?

Finding yourself only getting angry when under the influence is an indicator of a substance use problem. Though some participants will say that using substances helps them relax, when the substance wears off the emotions begin to surface. Sometimes the emotions become too overwhelming, especially if one does not have the necessary coping skills to help them through the vulnerable emotions.