About Us

Sunstone Counseling was created in 2011 by George Coyne, LCSW and Amy Stephens, LPC.  George and Amy had previously been in private practice together with The Center for Well Being, PLLC, and decided to launch out on their own and build a practice based on their passion for providing the best personal counseling to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups.  George and Amy knew they would need an amazing team of counselors to help support their goal and invited a great group of counselors to meet the needs of the clients that come to Sunstone Counseling. Sunstone Counseling now has two offices in the Northern Virginia area, one in The City of Falls Church and the other in Old Town Alexandria.

You might wonder how we came up with our name. It was a group effort, actually. During our deliberation we came across a reading about sunstones and their legendary healing powers. We discovered that many different cultures placed tremendous value on a sunstone’s ability to improve numerous facets of one’s mental and emotional health. It was used to alleviate depression, anxiety, and to encourage independence, self-empowerment, confidence, and vitality. A sunstone was also believed to enhance one’s optimism and belief in self.  Simply put, a sunstone embodied the power to create enormously positive benefits and attributes. Combined with its aura of warmth and strength, we believed it was the perfect representation of the kind of counseling practice we wanted to offer. We admit we don’t have a magic sunstone to make that happen, but we strive to provide similar ideas in our counseling approaches.

We commit to provide a confidential, compassionate and collaborative atmosphere.  Your counselor will be friendly, welcoming and nonjudgmental.  Your counselor will treat you as a unique individual and always consider your specific needs and concerns.  Your counselor will be easy to access. While maintaining the rules of confidentiality, your counselor will make every effort to collaborate with doctors, psychiatrists, religious figures or other helping professionals, if that is your request.  Your counselor will maintain a holistic approach. In addition to primarily addressing emotional and psychological aspects of your care, they will also consider other dimensions of your life such as nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, physical health, financial status; to name a few.

Sunstone Counseling understands the difficulties that arise in one’s life, and seeking help to deal with them is a constructive and useful step toward successfully coping and flourishing. Sunstone Counseling primarily uses conventional “talk therapy.” We’re well-versed in a wide range of therapeutic theories and techniques to work with individuals with a variety of needs. We will always strive to provide the highest quality services consistent with professional standards. We value our clients. We adhere to the highest standards of ethics and conduct of the counseling and psychological services profession.

We’re happy to discuss your potential counseling sessions or answer any questions you might have. If you’d like to talk further with us, or schedule a counseling session, please contact us at appointment@sunstonecounselors.com.


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