60 Second Anxiety Break

By: MJ Harford, MA Counselor in Residence Acceptance is a key skill in managing and reducing anxiety. Acceptance doesn’t have to look deep or complicated, it can be as simple as identifying what is and what isn’t within our control. The COVID19 virus has changed all of our lives; things may be more difficult and more… Read more »

Our COVID-19 Response

To the Sunstone Community: In a time of much fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, our Sunstone Counseling team remains committed to serving and supporting our community, and we would like to provide an update on our response to COVID-19. The health — both mental and physical — and the safety of our clients are our highest… Read more »

Grief, Loss & Life: A Group Process

By: Natalie Jensen, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work The upcoming group, Grief, Loss & Life, will feature weekly sessions, having attendees gather for 90-minutes in the early evening. Sessions are on Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm, beginning March 5th, and run through April 30th (off April 9th). This spring cycle will be limited to a… Read more »

How trained is your counselor? The answer: Very.

By: Sara Boothe, M.A. Credentials, or the multiple letters at the end of your counselor’s name, can be confusing to decipher. They can include degrees, professional titles, and even certifications. Many states designate the professional counselor credential with different titles and acronyms, making it even more confusing for many clients. It is helpful – even… Read more »

Book Club Expands for Women Rethinking Their Drinking

Now Interviewing for New Monday Night Option Starting Jan. 20 By Sarah Moore, LPC Sunstone Counseling’s therapeutic book club, Rethinking Your Drinking, has expanded to include a second session starting Monday, January 20th. Interviews have begun and spots are still available for the group, which will meet for 6 consecutive Monday nights from 7-8:30pm.    We… Read more »

On a Path Toward Different

By: Natalie Jensen, Supervisee in Social Work I once had someone ask, “Will this [grief] ever go away or be done?” My honest answer was simple, “I don’t know that it ever goes away or is done, but it does become different.”   You may have taken some time to consider what it might be like… Read more »

The Initial Counseling Session [video]

By: Maya Georgieva, Ed.D., LPC Many people who have never experienced counseling before wonder what the first session may look like. You may be wondering what to expect. Even if you’ve been to counseling before, you may not be sure what your new counselor is going to ask you during the first counseling session and… Read more »

5 Reasons to Join a Divorce Support Group

If you are just beginning the separation and/or divorce process, you might be feeling overwhelmed, confused, emotional, angry, lonely, or some combination of these emotions and many more. It may feel like every day is a struggle, trying to make sense of what has happened and what your next steps will be. Perhaps you have been… Read more »

Grief is hard, but THIS is harder.

By: Natalie Jensen, Supervisee in Social Work Grief is work, avoiding grief is even more work.                                                        – David Kessler Sometimes it can feel like there are never enough days, minutes, or hours to… Read more »

Tips to Navigate the Holidays While Staying in Eating Disorder Recovery

By: Sara Boothe, Graduate Counseling Intern For many of us, the holiday season seems to center around food. People make food together, gather to eat food, and talk about food. Food, food, food. For those diagnosed with an eating disorder, the holidays are the ultimate test of recovery skills. While it may seem intimidating, it… Read more »

How to Address Challenges New Parents May Face

BY: Julia Ward, Resident in Counseling It’s no secret that the transition to parenthood is a challenging one with all the physical, psychological, and relational changes that occur in a relatively short period of time. With sleep deprivation, it’s no wonder that many parents experience a shortness in temper or/and a lack of patience. If… Read more »

3 R’s in Counseling: Radical Acceptance, Resonance, Resource Building

BY: MJ Harford, MA, NCC Counseling is all about exploring. Together, clients and counselors join to investigate what might be getting in the way of a healthier, more meaningful, and joyful life, develop a plan, and gather resources to heal. This process of investigating often starts over and over throughout the counseling process. It can… Read more »