The scars of domestic violence are usually deeper than those from other types of trauma. Prolonged abuse that occurs in the home, the place where we are supposed to feel safe, leaves a different kind of scar.
For adult women and men who are or were in an abusive relationship with an intimate partner, domestic violence counseling offers help to:
The abuse may be emotional, physical, spiritual, and/or sexual. The counseling can be face-to-face with a counselor. Or, it can be in a support group for women with other abused women, facilitated by trained counselors. (At present we do not offer support groups for abused men.)
The counselors at Laurel House are mental health professionals or master’s level graduate students specially trained to address the issues unique to domestic violence. They will be sensitive to the needs of abused persons, providing a safe place for them to talk about their concerns and express their feelings without being judged.
Laurel House also offers referrals for spiritual support to victims/survivors who are looking for guidance from a leader from their faith community who understands and is educated about domestic violence.
All services are free of charge and confidential.
The Counseling Department also offers training for mental health/human services professionals throughout Montgomery County. Whether you are an individual counselor, or a representative of a group practice, we welcome your inquiry.
Internship Opportunities are also available for students enrolled in social work, counseling and psychology master's level programs.