Four Things To Never Say to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

By: Colleen McCarron, LPC April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault is defined as “any type of sexual activity or contact, including rape, that happens without your consent. Sexual assault can include non-contact activities, such as someone “flashing” you (exposing themselves to you) or forcing you to look at sexual images.” One out of every six women… Read more »

How to Plant Seeds of Growth

BY: Natalie Jensen, MSW It is spring! Rain and mud help with tilling soil, uncovering nutrients and replanting roots. The sun is shining a bit brighter. The air is crisp; breezes (and pollen☺) whirl around us. Birds, squirrels, bugs, and worms are beginning to be more visible. What a season of change! The visual of… Read more »

The Next Chapter: A Weekly Divorce Support Group for Women

Divorce can feel isolating, but you don’t have to go through it alone. This group is for women who are recently separated, in the middle of a divorce, or who are divorced and want support from others who can relate. The Next Chapter will provide a safe and supportive environment where you can share your… Read more »

3 Basic Steps to Self Care

By: Colleen McCarron, LPC Self care is not a face mask. Face masks, bath bombs, candles, pedicures. We think of these things as self-care in an indulgent sense, catapulted off the “treat yo’ self” mentality. But, is self-care as extravagant as spending half the day at a spa? It doesn’t have to be. Self-care is… Read more »

It’s not just about weight: Atypical Anorexia

By: Colleen McCarron, LPC Each year, the National Eating Disorder Association creates a theme for their awareness week. This year, the theme is “Come as you are,” encouraging men and women of all shapes and sizes and stages of recovery to share their stories – a demonstration that eating disorders, like other mental health disorders,… Read more »

Attachment: Exploring 5 Ways to Connect with Your Child Through Love

BY: Jennifer Munroe, LPC In childbearing, attachment is a largely discussed topic. Attachment is defined as a bond that exists between a child and a parent with a purpose of establishing a safe, secure, and protective environment for the child (Beniot, 2004). Most can agree it is vital within the parent-child relationship. It is well… Read more »

Rising Strong Weekend Intensive Workshop

You were yourself. You dared greatly. You fell down.  The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. Rising Strong™ is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending…. Read more »

What is DBT?

By: Jacqueline Anderson, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling  “What my son needs are more coping skills so he doesn’t keep going from zero to one hundred.” “I wish I could stop reacting without thinking all of the time.” “My daughter could really use something more than weekly counseling. Can she come see you twice a week?”… Read more »

Middle School Social Skills Group

Facilitated by: Annalisa Harty, M.A. Resident in Counseling When: Tuesdays 4:30-6pm Cost: $75/Session, must pay for a month at a time Location: Sunstone Counseling – 1485 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300 McLean, VA 22101 What social skills will be learned? This group will teach and practice essential social skills including initiating conversation, making and keeping… Read more »

The Power of Play

By: Katie Clark, LPC, NCC A play therapist uses a unique skill set to connect with children through a child’s symbolic language of self-expression – through play. For young children play is developmentally and fundamentally their language to articulate and process through feelings and difficulties. It allows them to connect and achieve growth in a… Read more »

Three Self-Care Tips if You’re Experiencing Divorce

BY: Julia Ward, Graduate Counseling Intern Going through a divorce is often an overwhelming, scary, and lonely experience. The process of divorce is different for everyone – from circumstances that contributed to the marriage starting to dissolve, to whether you are the leaver, the one who was left, or if divorce was a mutually agreed… Read more »

Now Accepting Graduate Intern Applications for Summer and Fall of 2019!

*Now Accepting Applications for Graduate Internships for the Summer and Fall of 2019! Sunstone Counseling is proud to offer an internship program for graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in counseling or social work. Our internship program is part of our commitment both to the professional field of counseling and to our community. Interns offer… Read more »