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Anger is often seen as being solely bad and harmful. Although it is true that anger can sometimes lead to negative outcomes that affect us and others, anger is a vitally necessary emotion – but we must learn how to use it and express it in effective ways. In this group, participants will learn the purpose of anger (and related emotion of guilt), how to effectively use anger in the moment, how to calm down when needed, how to release “stored anger,” and how to better communicate – both to improve relationships and more effectively meet their own needs. We also cover how anxiety can play a role in the expression and management of anger.

This group is not just for those who experience chronically high levels of anger and who have big or intense anger responses. It is also for those who may under-assert themselves due to anxiety and/or guilt, those who struggle to express anger, and for individuals who find that they experience a build up of anger until they explode and take it out on others.

How is this group different from other anger management groups?

In addition to learning ways to calm down and respond to anger differently, group members will also learn about the concept of “stored,” or accumulated, anger that often leads to chronic anger issues. We have found that working through this is a critical part of improving someone’s anger long-term, as well as decreasing the intensity and frequency of their anger. When we ignore stored anger and only focus on ways to calm down, it can lead to continued, long-term anger issues.


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This group runs on an 8 week cycle and meets Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm.


$50 per group session. We take most insurance plans.

Group size:

Limit of 8 group members.

Group Dates:

February 26 - April 22, 2020 (no group on March 18th)

Please contact us for more information and to schedule a one-hour intake appointment before starting group.


"I would recommend this class to anyone, whether they feel they have anger issues or not. I look forward to coming again as I feel this is a great opportunity to keep growing as a person. Sam and Stan are great to work with!!!"

"Learning the importance of anger and guilt was eye opening. Both are needed and neither are "bad" in the appropriate context."

"Now I am able to control myself, especially my anger."

Information About the Facilitators:

Sam Franklin, MA, LMFT and Stan Thiele, MA, LP, LMFT co-facilitate the anger management group and both specialize in anger management in their individual practice. They have also presented, on the topic of anger and how to manage it, at various seminars and mental health and education conferences.