Category: Adolescents

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Physical Side of Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

By: Katie Clark, LPC and Jennifer Munroe, LPC Anxiety is incredibly common in children and adolescents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 31.9% of adolescents meet criteria for an anxiety disorder with a median onset age of six years old. Despite this, it is frequently misunderstood by both the young children… Read more »

Sunstone Counselors Helping Youth in the Community

Sunstone Counselors Helping Youth in the Community Sunstone Counseling is so proud of our fabulous team that provides services for children, adolescents, and their families. Here are a few pictures of our group brainstorming how to best help the needs of the community and at an event at Mary Ellen Middle School.