Struggling to support your child or partner with Autism?

Are you looking for a sense of community within a group of people with similar lived experiences?

Do you have Autism or do you suspect that you have Autism? Are you looking for support?

Perhaps you are seeking counseling to work on a different area of your life, but want to work with a counselor who has experience working with people on the spectrum.

Sunstone Counseling creates a compassionate and supportive space for those with Autism and their loved ones. According to the CDC in 2020, 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with Autism. Families and individuals impacted by Autism may feel isolated or misunderstood, but you are not alone.

At Sunstone we can connect you to a counselor or group that can support you and your needs.

Our Counselors provide support in areas such as:

  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Sensory Needs
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Anxiety and Depression 
  • School/Educational Needs
  • Bullying/Isolation
  • Intellectual Disability Accompanying Autism
  • Parents of youth on the Autism Spectrum
  • Parenting
  • Partners of individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Our Approach

We aim to create a safe space for individuals on the spectrum and their loved ones to take control of their lives and move towards their goals with the support of therapists specifically trained to work with individuals with Autism.

Sunstone Counseling provides support through individual, family, couples, and group counseling across all ages and stages of life. Whether you have recently received an Autism diagnosis or suspect that you may be on the spectrum, Sunstone Counseling can help you work towards meeting your needs and goals.

Our groups strive to offer support to different sub-groups within the Autism community. Social skills groups, peer support, parent or partner support, and more. Groups create a space for those with similar experiences to come together and support one another. Let our team of highly educated and professional specialists help you with your needs. Call us today for more information and to schedule your appointment.

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, flexibility, and emotional regulation. 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, McLean Office

Who: Teens ages 13-18.

Cost: $85 / session, $680 total

More information:

Lauren Stuart, M.S.Ed., M.Phil.Ed. Resident in Counseling

Please contact if you have any questions regarding this group.

Autism Parent Support Group

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 challenges. 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

$400 nonrefundable 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.

Meet our Counselors