4 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Practice Anytime, Anywhere

BY: MJ Harford, Resident in Counseling Mindfulness is something many of us have heard of: it’s on the news and in the media here and there, some schools are implementing mindful moments during the school day, and doctors are recommending it to patients to support everything from stress reduction to diabetes management. Mindfulness is an… Read more »

Moms of Teen Girls Support Group Launching February/March

Cost: $300/month When: Wednesdays 12:00-1:15pm Location: Sunstone Counseling – McLean (1485 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300, McLean VA 22101) Our culture is all about support and connection for moms during the baby years… but what about moms of teenagers? It’s often difficult to know where to find help and a community when it comes to parenting… Read more »

A New Year Planning Guide For You

We’re one week into January and the new year, and talk of goals, resolutions, and change haven’t slowed yet. The new year can be a great time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. It can be an intentional time for thoughtful examination of accomplishments and challenges in the year before. It… Read more »

Women’s Winter Support Group

Expected or unexpected, positive or negative shifts in life can create anxiety, depression, discomfort, fear, shame, grief, or even panic. This group is designed specifically for adult females of all ages who are in the midst of a life transition, change, or adjustment. Each 8 – 12 week session uses a different book to help frame discussions…. Read more »

Rethinking Your Drinking?

Therapeutic Book Club with a Novel Approach **2 Spots Available**​ Are you a successful woman whose health, work or relationships are being negatively impacted by alcohol? Assess your needs and build on your strengths with the support of up to 5 other women in this ​small & nonjudgmental​ therapeutic book group. Please note: This is… Read more »

New Year, New (The)me

By: Colleen McCarron, LPC Do you feel the pressure to create goals and resolutions on New Year’s Eve? It’s natural this time of year to reflect on the past calendar year, take inventory of what we would like to change, and make bold declarations of what to improve upon. It can be an inspiring time… Read more »

The Stories We Write

By: Colleen McCarron, LPC We all have stories. Some are long, biographical tales of how we got to where we are. Some are small, but significant, ideas of who we are. According to Brené Brown, in her book Rising Strong, our brains are wired for story. Stories help us make sense of situations. We rely… Read more »

Why You Should Give the Gift of Therapy

By: Gina Hafez, MA, and Elizabeth Moyer, MA “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity” – Simone Weil What is therapy? The root of the word therapy means “to give attention to.” With a focused eye on what needs to be tended to, therapists operate in a very unique space with clients that… Read more »

3 Breathing Exercises to Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

By: MJ Harford, MA NCC The body is our vessel of life, our tool for engaging with the world around us, and our protector. For many of us, anxiety takes us out of our bodies and locks us in our thoughts about the past or the future. Observing our tendencies and understanding the physiological component… Read more »

DBT-Informed Creative Arts Group for Teens Launching January 2019

Facilitated By: Jacqueline Anderson, M.Ed & Resident in Counseling When: High School Group: Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15 pm Middle School Group: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15 pm Four Modules (six sessions per module) Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Skills Cost: $450/module (works out to $75/session) Location: Sunstone Counseling – McLean 1485 Chain Bridge Rd, Suite 300 McLean,… Read more »

7 Reasons to See a Sunstone Graduate Intern

By: Crystal Davis, Graduate Social Work Intern At Sunstone Counseling, one of our core tenets is to always give back to the counseling profession. One way we do this is by providing a graduate counseling and social work practicum/internship program. Sunstone Counseling is one of the few private practices in Northern Virginia that offers graduate… Read more »