Alyce LaViolette, M.S., MFT
Looking for Private Counseling/Therapy??
- Alyce provides Private Psychotherapy and Clinical Counseling for:
- Survivors and Perpetrators of abusive relationships
- Adult survivors abused as children
- Victims of crime, trauma, sexual assault, and battering
- Anger and Anxiety
- Trauma survivors
- LGBT and gender issues
- Couples Conflict Resolution Counseling
Looking for Court Mandated Batterer's Intervention Classes?
Alyce can help you
Do you or are you:
- Have an explosive temper
- Threaten, criticize and put down your partner
- Break or throw things in anger
- Hit, shove, kick or grab your partner
- Very jealous
- Control your partner
- Drink heavily or use drugs
- Devalue others to feel valuable
- Believe the problem in the relationship is the other's fault
- Have difficulty expressing your feelings
- Sulk silently or refuse to talk about an issue when upset
- Been arrested for Domestic Violence Abuse
- Ordered to fulfill court mandated Domestic Violence or Anger Management classes
Alternatives To Violence is a non-residential counseling program in Long Beach and West Los Angeles
for the survivors and perpetrators of abuse as well as other victims of crime
Men's Anger Management and Domestic Violence Groups
Services include Court Approved programs:
- Partner abuse
- Clinical work with battered women
- Clinical work with abusers
- Negotiating anger in the workplace
- Assessment of dangerousness
- Violence in gay and lesbian relationships
- Weekly 2-hour meetings
- Group size 10 - 12 participants
- A minimum 1 year is recommended - usually mandated
- Approved by the State of California Probation Court to meet the 52 week Court Ordered classes
- Focus on changing beliefs supporting verbally controlling and abusive behaviors
- For men with behaviors ranging from controlling verbally abusive to being physically violent
- Sessions $60 each, sliding scale offered
Click here for additional L.A. County Approved Batterers' Programs
Began her work with battered women in 1978 and founded ATV in 1979 as a non-residential counseling program in Long Beach and West Los Angeles for the survivors and perpetrators of abuse. She has published on this topic and co-authored the book:
It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay
A Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California Society for Clinical Social Work since 1989; on staff at Alternatives to Violence co-leading the men's batterers group since 1988.
He also has many years of clinical experience treating families, children and adults.
Do I really need 1-year in Group???
Attending 52 weeks in weekly 2-hour counseling sessions may seem like a long time, but consider how long it took to develop abusive behaviors.
In many cases, six months is needed just to start opening up and feeling comfortable with examining how you got to this point.
Changing a lifetime pattern is like undoing an emotional reflex or learning a second language emotionally.
Are Perpetrators Born or Victims of their Environment?
An abusive man reveals how his father created abusive behavior.
But his life was turned around with counseling.
Emotional and Psychological Abuse
Can stand alone as a stimulus that induces fear
- He'd smile at me in this funny kind of way when he was really angry, and then all hell would break loose. I still get scared when I see that smile, and I stop whatever I am doing.
- He'd be quiet.
It was a very loud quiet. I'd always say,
Are you OK? Is anything wrong?
He'd always say everything was OK, but I knew I was in trouble.
Sometimes the quiet would last a while - two or three days a week. And sometimes it would end quickly with an ugly remark, yelling, or worse.
But that quiet was like the
quiet before the storm,a signal telling me I had been bad and would be punished.
Resources for Domestic and Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Children's Advocacy
Association of Batterers Intervention Programs - ABIP
Ending domestic violence, increasing the safety of domestic violence victims and their children, reducing batterer behavior and thinking
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence - CPEDV
Sharing expertise, advocates and policy-makers can end domestic violence by working at the state and national levels
Children's Institute, Inc
Provide healing so traumatized children can recover and lead healthy lives, working to shape the field of children’s services through innovative research, demonstration projects, and professionally accredited training programs
End Abuse Long Beach
Facilitates programming and activities that strengthen the prevention and treatment of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault
For The Child
Professional prevention, education and treatment services for child sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
Provide a safe haven and life-changing programs to help abused women, their children and families rebuild their lives
Ensure safety for people who are battered, abused, or at risk, and create public awareness about Domestic Violence
24-Hour Crisis & Teen Hotline - 562 594-4555
Peace Over Violence
Building a sexual and domestic violence, intimate partner stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention center committed to social service, social change and social justice
Offer immediate safety to survivors and their children of Domestic Violence and reconnect with themselves, their loved ones, and their communities