You have a place to turn to.

 

Heartly House offers both individual and group counseling to children and adults as well as survivors and secondary survivors. Free and confidential, our counseling is provided by trauma informed, licensed clinicians. The counseling department also offers learning experiences for masters-level counseling and social work students.

Below is a list of currently offered support groups. To request participation in a group or to receive more information, please call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Support Groups for Adults.

Please note, this is a free service.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Support Group
When: Mondays from 1:00-2:15pm

This is an open and ongoing group for individuals who have experienced or are currently experiencing intimate partner abuse in any form – emotional, physical, psychological, etc. It provides a trauma-informed, nonjudgmental environment for participants to share their experiences related to IPV, give and receive support, and discuss topics related to safety, healing, and healthy relationships.

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Circle of Support
(Parents of Human Trafficking Survivors)
When: Mondays from 4:00-5:00pm
The group is currently recruiting members.

This is a closed 10-week group for parents of survivors of human trafficking. It offers a safe, supportive environment for members to share, listen, and heal together. The group will provide opportunities for members to give and receive support, as well as learn psychoeducation related to complex and secondary trauma.

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

SELF
When: Tuesdays 1:00-2:15pm
This group is is on hold until August 2022.

This is an open group for women who have experienced any type of sexual assault or sexual abuse. The psychoeducational curriculum is a part of the Sanctuary Model and focuses on Safety, Emotions, Loss, and
Future (SELF).

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Empowered (Boundaries Support Group)
When: Every other Thursday 6:30-7:45pm, starting October 13th, 2022
The upcoming cycle is now closed, but requests can be submitted for the next cycle.

This is a closed, 14-week group for all survivors. This group will help clients to work on setting boundaries and limits through psychoeducation, boundary-setting tips, examples, and practice exercises using interactive activities, journal exercises, and encouragement from other participants and the group facilitator. Participants will be given a weekly handout to complete throughout the group.

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Healing Pride
When: Every other Tuesday from 6:45-7:45pm
This group is currently accepting new group members.

This is a open, rolling-admission group for LGBTQIA+ identifying adult survivors of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault or abuse. The group incorporates education about trauma, skill-building to manage trauma symptoms, and processing trauma in an affirming environment

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Beyond Trauma
When: Mondays 6:00-7:15pm
The group is currently closed, but requests can be submitted for the next cycle.

This is a closed group for adult survivors of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault or abuse. The group incorporates education about trauma, skill-building to manage trauma symptoms, and processing trauma in a small and confidential setting.

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Male Sexual Assault Survivor Group
When: Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm

This is an open group for men who have experienced any type of sexual assault or sexual abuse.

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Processing Beyond Trauma
When: Thursdays 12:30-1:45pm
The group is only open to clients who have completed a full cycle of Beyond Trauma.

This group is a continuation of the Beyond Trauma support group. This group is focused on trauma processing and giving/receiving support amongst group members. 

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

STAIR
When: Fridays (virtual) from 11:00am-12:15pm

Description: This is a closed, 8-week group for adult survivors of abuse.  This group aims to increase awareness, understanding, and regulation of emotions and will include strategies that focus on the body, thoughts, and behaviors.  The group will also explore interpersonal skills to support each survivor’s relationships with others.  

When: Every Friday virtually from 11-12:15 pm, starting January 27th through February 24th. The second cycle will begin March 20th through April 28th.  

THRIVE
When: Wednesdays (virtual) from 12:00-1:00pm

Description: This is a 10-week Acceptance and Commitment Therapy support group for survivors of abuse. This group will be following a workbook and focus on practical solutions and strategies to increase self-acceptance and positive change in clients’ lives.

When: Wednesdays from 12-1pm, starting February 1st through April 5th. This group is currently recruiting members.

Corazon de Mujer
When: Wednesday at 11am (1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month)

“Corazon de Mujer” is an open support group for survivors of trauma. It aims to help women connect and build supportive relationships while discussing common experiences. During our small group sessions, you will learn about coping mechanisms, remember your strengths, listen to other women’s experiences, and share your own (if you wish), and you will be accepted for who you are, without judgment or discrimination. The support group will focus on reflection, tips to manage anxiety, depression, stress, isolation and give us the opportunity to improve each day using coping skills. 

“Corazón de Mujer” es un grupo abierto de apoyo para sobrevivientes de trauma. Tiene como objetivo ayudar a las mujeres a conectarse y construir relaciones de apoyo mientras discuten experiencias comunes. Durante nuestras sesiones íntimas en grupo, aprenderás sobre los mecanismos de adaptación, recordarás tus puntos fuertes, escucharás las experiencias de otras mujeres y compartirás las tuyas (si lo deseas), sin juzgar y sin discriminación. El grupo de apoyo se centrará en la reflexión, consejos para manejar la ansiedad, la depresión, el estrés, el aislamiento y la oportunidad de mejorar cada día utilizando habilidades de afrontamiento. 

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Support Groups for Children.

Please note, this is a free service.

Child Coping Skills Group (incoming 3rd – 5th Graders)
When: In-person on Mondays from 5:00–6:00pm
The group is currently on hold, but requests can be submitted for a future cycle.

This is a closed 8-week group for children who have experienced trauma from intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or child abuse. This is not a process-oriented group, but a structured group focusing on coping skill education and practice. Participants will spend the hour learning about the benefits of coping skills, how to incorporate them into their lives, and practicing skills in a safe and supportive environment.

To submit a request to join, call our 24-Hour Hotline at 301-662-8800.

Children Witnessing Domestic Violence
When: Closed until next cycle

Description: This is a closed, in-person psychoeducational group for children/adolescents who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence in their homes. This group runs in cycles.

When: Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm. The group is currently closed, but requests can be submitted for the next cycle.

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