Tara R. Edwards, MA, NCC, CFTP

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E: tara@sunstonecounselors.com
C: 202.415.0386
P: 703.534.5100

FALLS CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Friday 8am – 9 pm
Saturday 8am – noon

OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA OFFICE HOURS
Monday, 8am – 9pm
Tuesday, 8am – 9pm
Wednesday, 8am – 9pm
Thursday, 8am – 9pm
Saturday, 1pm – 6:30pm
Sunday, 8am – 6:30pm

RATES
$110 per 55-minute session
$180 per 90-minute session

INSURANCE
“Out of Network”

National Certified Counselor
Resident In Counseling
Certified Family Trauma Professional

As a counselor, I recognize that everyone – whether 7 or 70 – has a unique journey. I strive to provide a a safe, warm, and non-judgmental place for clients to come to share their stories and make positive changes in their lives. I work collaboratively with children, teens, adults, couples, families, and groups as they navigate through various life’s transitions:

Children and adolescents: My work with children and teens helps them become more comfortable with their thoughts and feelings, empowering them to express themselves in more productive ways. I work with children and adolescents struggling with grief and loss, adjustments, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, behavioral issues, body image, eating disorders, self-harm, identity issues, social issues, anger issues, trauma and other problems occurring within the home or school.

Adults/Couples: I work collaboratively with individuals and couples to navigate through the difficulties they are facing with life changes and personal struggles. Some of the issues I commonly work with include: grief and loss, anxiety, depression, anger or stress management, self-esteem, eating disorders, body image, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma and parental issues.

Families: Sometimes the best way to approach a situation is by bring the family together in safe, neutral space. I work collaboratively with families toward creating healthier communication while addressing whatever life change the family is facing together. Some of the issues I commonly work with families include trauma, grief and loss, anger management, identity, self-esteem, eating disorder, school performance, relationships, and stress management.

Groups: Coming together with a group of people going through something similar can be a refreshing change of pace. I run groups for adults and teens. Typically groups run 6 – 8 weeks, some run 10 -12 weeks. Most groups are closed. Groups are offered weekdays late afternoon and evening, and weekend afternoons.

CURRENT ADULT GROUPS: Emotional Eating, Expressive Arts, Grief and Loss, Women’s Support Group.

CURRENT TEEN GROUPS: Creative Arts, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, and Peer Group Support.

Please email or call me for more information.

Thorough a holistic, person-centered approach, I work with my clients to find their motivation to engage more meaningfully and productively in all aspects of their lives. Within this framework, I utilize tools from cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy, expressive arts, strength-based, and solution-focused techniques.

I do much of my work with grief and loss. We don’t always allow ourselves –or each other– time to grieve. One of my passions as a counselor is to do my part to change that notion. Grief and loss includes not only death and illness, but also job loss, break-ups, graduation, infidelity, break-ups, divorce, relocation, children leaving home, and other life transitions.

I also specialize in working with clients with eating disorders and body image concerns, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder (BED), body dysmorphia, and obesity.

I am a Resident in Counseling and a National Certified Counselor. I am also a Certified Family Trauma Professional and an Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Trained (ASIST) caregiver. I practice under the supervision of Amy Stephens, LPC and George Coyne, LCSW. I earned my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University. I maintain professional memberships in and actively engage with Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, American Counseling Association, Association for Creativity in Counseling, The International Association of Trauma Professionals, and Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.

I moved to the DC area from Cleveland to attend American University and never left. I earned my BA in Sociology. I earned my MA in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. Before changing careers, I worked in the nonprofit sector in the areas of women’s rights, human rights, and social justice.

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