Counseling with a mental health professional is an important part of caring for your overall well-being.
At Sunstone, we feel that attending to our mental health should be as commonplace as supporting our physical health through exercise, healthy eating, and regular check-ups.
After all, our mental health determines how we show up in the world–how we interact in relationships, handle stress, and make decisions. It influences our behaviors, our perception of the world around us, and even our physical health.
And like caring for our physical bodies, when we’re experiencing emotional dysregulation, it’s important that we address it with help from a mental health professional.
Talking with a mental health counselor can help you manage personal challenges and lead a fulfilling life.
We encourage you to take that first step.
Compassionate and Supportive Counseling for Adults
We offer a safe and supportive space where you can share your thoughts and experiences and get the support you deserve.
Individual counseling sessions for adults are tailored to the needs and goals of our clients, and our counselors employ a variety of therapeutic approaches, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and much more.
Our counselors provide tailored care for adults in areas such as:
- Anxiety, depression, and mood disorders
- Life transitions and adjustment
- Stress and overwhelm
- Self-esteem / Personal growth
- Body image / Disordered eating
- Perinatal mental health
- Gender/Sexual identity
- Sex and intimacy
- Trauma / PTSD
- Relationship conflict
- Men’s mental health
- Suicidal ideation and self-harm
Contact us to find the right counselor to guide you to your best self and a brighter tomorrow.
Need More Reasons to Embark On a Counseling Journey?
Many believe mental health therapy is something we seek only when there is a major crisis–when we need help navigating depression or anxiety, when we’re going through a big life transition, or when a relationship is on the verge of collapse.
But beyond these scenarios, counseling offers numerous additional benefits:
- Therapy Can Boost Physical Health: Therapy protocols have been shown to improve physical symptoms associated with stress. Examples include a reduction in headaches and digestive upset, as well as a healthier appetite and improved sleep.
- Therapy Builds Self-Awareness: Therapy helps clients understand where feelings, beliefs, and behaviors might originate. Through counseling, individuals can become more self-aware and empowered to take responsibility for the lives they are creating.
- Therapy Explores Hidden Desires: Self-awareness also means becoming aware of your passions and desires. Therapy can help you dig into your heart, mind, and soul to uncover what it is you value, desire, and need.
- Therapy Helps You Set and Reach Goals: A trained therapist can help you set achievable goals as well as outline steps to help you reach them. They can also act as coach and cheerleader, supporting your efforts along the way.
Contact us to connect with a mental health counselor, and get started on a path to a brighter tomorrow!
Highlighting Mental Health Awareness Year-Round
While we talk about the importance of prioritizing mental health year-round, Sunstone Counseling celebrates the dedication of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. We envision a world where seeing a therapist is as commonplace as seeing a primary care doctor—where people grappling with emotional and relational challenges can easily access the professional services they need to not only survive, but thrive.
5 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
In our busy lives, we all have moments where we feel like our mental health might be suffering. Especially given the ongoing experience with pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we wish to remind you of 5 manageable ways to boost your mental health.
Why Take a Mental Health Day?
While taking a sick day is common when you are feeling physically unwell, what’s not as common – but should be – is taking a mental health day when you are feeling mentally and emotionally unwell. The truth is, taking a mental health day from work or school can be extremely important for your overall well-being. It can help to improve your mood, avoid burnout, get some much-needed rest, and rejuvenate yourself so you can tackle “real life” once again.
The Power of Vulnerability
By its very definition, vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. Even when we try to control every aspect of our every day, we will be met with unexpected situations that require us to respond – with no script and no guarantee of perfection. We can try to avoid being vulnerable, or we can choose to face the uncertainties of life head-on, knowing that vulnerability often leads to greater intimacy, self-worth, and compassion for ourselves and others.
4 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Practice Anytime, Anywhere
Mindfulness is an ancient practice that encourages us to be engaged with ourselves and the world around us without judgement. Many of us are stuck thinking about the past or worrying about the future that we don’t spend much time in the present moment at all. Getting started with a mindfulness practice doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are four brief exercises you can try at any time, in any place.
How trained is your counselor? The answer: Very.
After about 6 years of dedicated clinical work, education, development, self-exploration, teamwork, and determination, one can become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. Counselors have the honor to be a part of some of the most intimate details of a client’s life. It is this arduous training that allows an LPC to gracefully care for these moments in a way that will be healing.