Cyberbullying: Four Ways to Intervene

By: Katie Clark, LPC and Jennifer Munroe, LPC When social media first took center stage back in the mid-2000s, it was largely intended as an avenue to help connect people near and far. In its most positive light, social media is a way for people to metaphorically cross paths and exist in each other’s lives,… Read more »

Why You Should Consider Starting Your Day with Your Counselor

BY: Meghan McNabb Busy lifestyles, fast paced jobs, long commutes, and a packed schedule often mean less time to do the things that are best for us, like taking time to process with a counselor. If this sounds familiar, early morning counseling may be for you!  There are so many benefits to starting your day… Read more »

The Power of Vulnerability

By: Colleen McCarron, LPC You’ve seen her TED Talks, her spots on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and most recently, her Netflix special. (If you haven’t, you can click on each to check them out!) Who is Brené Brown, and why is her work on vulnerability, shame, and connection so important? Brown started as a researcher… Read more »

3 Ways to Support Military Family Members with Mental Illness

By: Vanessa Steffens Service members may experience all ranges of mental health related issues. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 4 active duty service members is affected by a mental health condition. Unfortunately, there is a large stigma surrounding mental illness and service members. Most military members will be silent about… Read more »

DBT-Informed Summer Intensive for Teens

For rising 7th to 9th graders Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills help individuals live more mindfully, better manage intense emotions, reduce impulsivity, and improve communication in relationships. In these intensives, creative techniques are used to explore and reinforce DBT concepts in a way that is accessible and beneficial for teens of all creative skill levels!… Read more »

Have you tried Sandtray Therapy?

By: Maya Georgieva, Ed.D. LPC Humanistic sandtray therapy (HST) is a type of play therapy that is mostly used with adults. It is a wonderful alternative to talk therapy when words are not enough to describe complicated situations. By selecting miniatures and arranging them in sand, you can tell your story in a mindful, yet… Read more »

3 Important Mental Health Benefits of Physical Exercise

By: Vanessa Steffens “Exercise gives people endorphins, and endorphins make people happy…”  – Elle Woods Elle Wood said it best: exercise makes people happy. We know exercise has many physical health benefits, but there are also many mental health benefits of exercise. If you needed a few more reasons to get to the gym, take… Read more »

Finding Common Ground: An Anxiety Processing Group for Teens

If you’re a parent of a Northern Virginia teenager, you are probably familiar with anxiety. Anxiety is such a prevalent, relevant issue in our community, which is why we’re excited to launch with summer group. Finding Common Ground is a processing group for teens with anxiety. This group offers a safe environment where we process… Read more »

5 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

By: Vanessa Steffens In our busy lives, we all have moments where we feel like our mental health might be suffering. Whether experiencing stress at work or dealing with the passing of a loved one, we could all benefit from taking time to take care of ourselves. This month is Mental Health Month. Let’s take… Read more »

A Guide to National Screen Free Week

This week is National Screen Free Week! It’s an invitation to put down your phone or tablet, turn off the computer and TV, and enjoy life beyond the screen. Off-screen time encourages connection with others and creativity. It can be an intentional time to connect with your kids, your family, and your community. Taking a… Read more »

New Summer Group: Living in Eating Disorder Recovery

An 8-Week Group For Women Navigating Recovery Recovery from an eating disorder does not stop at symptom management. Self- image, flexibility with food, and balancing relationships are ongoing mysteries after treatment. This is a closed group for women ages 22 and older who are stable in managing their eating disorder symptoms, but continue to struggle… Read more »

VIDEO: This Breathing Exercise Can Help Reduce Your Anxiety

As we’ve talked about before, mindfulness is an important tool that can help reduce anxiety, depression, and distress in the body and mind. It involves paying attention in the present moment to increase awareness, without judging your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Mindfulness exercises can be practiced anytime, anywhere. An easy way to start implementing mindfulness… Read more »