Anger Management: The Angry Birds Way:

What better way to teach kids how to manage their anger that through the story of the Angry Birds, one of the most mainstream apps available.  This workbook includes a detailed description of each character including their personal story, what makes them angry, and their angry behaviors.  Each bird has several interventions to use with children to teach specific ways to manage their anger, including coping skills, problem solving strategies, communication skills, and conflict resolution.

Superhero Anger Management is a 6 week group curriculum for elementary-aged children.  


The course teaches children how to recognize and conquer anger using mainstream comic book Superhero's. 


Perfect for school counselors,

community clinics, and private practice.


Book review:  

"The boys LOVED the group. At the final session they kept asking if they could join it again next time or if they could keep coming so that was totally a success and I saw SO much growth in them it was so cool to watch! I really loved the simplicity of your activities and the ability to do different variations of the activities if one wanted to."  


-Drea Aoun, M.S.

Intercommunity Counseling Center Pre-doctoral Trainee

Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology -University of La Verne



Stacey Merrell, LMFT


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy and founder of Rancho Cucamonga Therapist.  


We are proud to provide these services in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

Born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, I am honored to give back to the community that is so near and dear to my heart.  I graduated at the top of my class from Alta Loma High School. Directly after High School, I continued to stay local, and completed my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino.  I knew from a very young age that I was a "helper", and needed to use my passion to serve those in need.  I continued to pursue an advanced degree at Pepperdine University with aspirations to become a therapist.  I graduated with High Honors in 2004 with a Master's of Art in Clinical Psychology Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.  As a married woman, and a working mother, I have learned to balance parenthood and a fulfilling career.    

Among my areas of expertise are treatment of depression and anxiety, couples counseling.  I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy techniques.  I have completed Level 1 & 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Counseling.
In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, I also provide solution-focused, brief therapy, to help clients manage stress, and balance work and home life.

I also enjoy providing Clinical Supervision to Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Clinical Social Workers since 2010.

I am a compassionate, direct and interactive therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address their treatment goals.  I offer a highly personalized approach, tailored to each client's specific and unique needs. I work with each individual to help them identify and build upon their strengths.  I believe that the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.  I collaborate with my client's and help them step away from problem saturated and oppressive stories, to discovering and/or creating new untold stories which include preferred accounts of their lives, hopes, values, dreams and relationships.  

If you are ready to change the effects problems are having on your life, your journey to self-empowerment and freedom is just a phone call away!  

Contact me directly at 951-218-0951 or send me an email at ranchotherapist@gmail.com 


  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Psi Chi Honor Society

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society




  • Level 1 & 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Counseling

  • Incredible Years Parenting Group Facilitator

  • PRO-ACT (Professional Assault Crisis Training) Certified Trainer

  • Clinical Supervision

  • Adolescent Self Injury

  • Art Therapy

  • Treatment of ADHD

  • Psychological Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Forensic Interviewing of Young Children

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Play Therapy

  • Effects of Divorce and Remarriage on Children

  • Mindfulness

  • Positive Parenting with a Plan

  • Treating Youth with Oppositional and Conduct Disorders

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy