Counseling Services

Heartly House provides individual and group counseling services to primary and secondary survivors, both children and adults. Our services are confidential and free.

The Clinical Director, Laurie, is a licensed social worker who has worked at Heartly House for over 15 years providing individual and group counseling. Counselors at Heartly House are licensed clinicians. The counseling department also offers learning experiences for masters level counseling and social work students. Interns are supervised by experienced clinicians and are required to go through a thorough training in order to provide quality services to Heartly House clients.

Individual Counseling and Group Counseling:

Our counseling services in and around Frederick, Maryland include short-term counseling, survivor support groups, and psychoeducational groups for children. We offer survivor support groups that focus on intimate partner abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and complex trauma.

Intimate Partner Abuse Support Group is an open and ongoing group for women. Women who have experienced intimate partner abuse (also referred to as domestic violence) can drop in as needed (after initial phone intake) or come weekly, depending on their needs. Both daytime and evening groups are held weekly.

TREM (Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model) is for individuals who have experienced intimate partner abuse and/or sexual assault or sexual abuse. This group addresses trauma recovery, healing, and empowerment. It also includes education about intimate partner abuse and sexual assault.

SFCR (Strengthening Family Coping Resources) is a 10-15 week closed group offered in partnership with the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Frederick County that is held periodically throughout the year. Typically offered in the early evening, this group serves families who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse and/or sexual assault of a family member. The goal of the group is to strengthen intrafamilial relations through recognizing the trauma that has occurred and identifying coping skills going forward in their lives.

S.E.L.F. 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.

Safe Space Healing Group is an open and ongoing group for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault. This group is currently held in the evening. Please call Heartly House for details.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga is a new group for adults who are interested in using yoga for self-care in their healing journey. This group will be facilitated by certified trauma-sensitive yoga instructors.

Closed groups are available for children and teens that have either witnessed domestic violence or have been abused or sexually assaulted. These groups are held at varying times and generally last six weeks.

Abuse Intervention Program (AIP) is a group for male offenders of Intimate Partner Abuse. There is a fee for this service. Those interested can call the hotline and complete a brief intake over the phone. We offer AIP for female offenders as the need arises.

Call Heartly House at 301-662-8800 for information about individual or group counseling.