Families and individuals impacted by Autism may feel isolated or misunderstood, but you are not alone. Sunstone offers group counseling to create a space where those with similar experiences may come together and support one another.

Current Group Offerings

Social Skills Group for Teens with Autism

Are you a teen experiencing life on the Autism spectrum? Do you want to work on building your social skills?

Many individuals with Autism struggle with knowing how to respond in social situations: making friends, showing flexibility, and regulating emotions. Social Skills Groups work with each member to create a safe space for members to learn and practice how to respond to different social experiences. Developing healthy social skills can make everyday social interactions easier and more enjoyable!

Our Approach:

This group is based on a Social Skills curriculum specific to Autism. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Applied Behavioral Analysis techniques will be used to help teens develop healthy social skills.

In this group, members will:

  • Learn how to interact with others and make friends.
  • Social Skill Tool Box: knowledge, techniques, and strategies to make social interactions easier.
  • Eye-contact
  • Physical proximity
  • Body language
  • Tone of voice
  • Coping skills
  • Size of the problem
  • Locus of control
  • Develop emotional regulation.
  • Work on social flexibility.
  • How to react in different social situations

When: Fridays from 3:30-4:45pm, In-Person in the McLean Office (1485 Chain Bridge Rd, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22101)

Who: Teens ages 13-18

Cost: $85/session, $680 total

Contact: Please contact Lauren Stuart, M.S.Ed., M.Phil.Ed. Resident in Counseling if you have questions or to join this group.

Autism Parent Support Group

adult and child reaching hands - family counseling

Do you have a child or adolescent with Autism? Do you find yourself struggling with issues that other parents do not understand?

Parenting has its challenges, and parenting a child with Autism can bring different experiences and hardships.

In this group we will create a space where parents with a child or adolescent with Autism can explore their thoughts and feelings and get support from those with a similar experience.

Our Approach:

While this is primarily a process group, psychoeducation about Autism can be introduced if members are in need of additional support.

Who: Parents with a child or adolescent with Autism

Cost: $55 fee for 55-minute intake session, then $400 non-refundable upfront fee for 8 sessions ($50/session). Please note that refunds will not be given for any scheduled sessions that the individual cannot attend unless prior approval has been given.