While we talk about the importance of prioritizing mental health year-round, Sunstone Counseling celebrates the dedication of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. We envision a world where seeing a therapist is as commonplace as seeing a primary care doctor—where people grappling with emotional and relational challenges can easily access the professional services they need to not only survive, but thrive.
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Thanks in part to social workers, the stigma of mental health illness has lessened over the years, and there is open and honest dialogue around mental health, opening the door for the field of mental health treatment. The fields of social work and therapy are inextricably linked, and we wouldn’t be able to serve our community without the dedication and innovation of social workers.
If you’re like most people, you might have rung in the new year with a list of resolutions. Whether that is through addressing eating habits, increasing physical activity, learning a new language, or decluttering your home office, resolutions are made to help us live our best lives. In all of these instances – and so much more – therapy can help. Mental health counseling can help you stick to your new year’s resolutions, explore hidden desires, build greater self-awareness, and even boost physical health.
At Sunstone Counseling, one of our core tenets is to continually give back to the counseling profession. Through our graduate counseling and social work practicum/internship program, we strive to alleviate some of the barriers that individuals in the surrounding communities may face when seeking services. These barriers include but are not limited to: lack of insurance, lack of flexibility, financial limitations, and the lack of convenience. Sunstone’s graduate interns offer services at reduced rates, with flexible hours, and in multiple locations.
While taking a sick day is common when you are feeling physically unwell, what’s not as common – but should be – is taking a mental health day when you are feeling mentally and emotionally unwell. The truth is, taking a mental health day from work or school can be extremely important for your overall well-being. It can help to improve your mood, avoid burnout, get some much-needed rest, and rejuvenate yourself so you can tackle “real life” once again.
No matter your season of life or the struggles before or behind you, the partnership of a mental health counselor can be transformative and life-changing. Be the model of self-care that you and your loved ones deserve. By committing to counseling, you pave a path to wholeness and find the tools for not only coping with, but thriving in, your daily life.
Our mission at Sunstone Counseling is to remove the barriers that prevent people from obtaining the mental health services they need and deserve. By offering in-person and online appointments to RVA residents at our Glen Allen office hopes to alleviate any scheduling challenges those seeking counseling may have faced in the past.
Expanding outside of Northern Virginia, Sunstone Counseling is bringing its diverse and experienced counseling services to Richmond residents. For more than a decade, Sunstone has been helping its clients create a brighter tomorrow one counseling session at a time and is excited to bring high-quality mental health resources to Richmond.
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 »
After about 6 years of dedicated clinical work, education, development, self-exploration, teamwork, and determination, one can become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. Counselors have the honor to be a part of some of the most intimate details of a client’s life. It is this arduous training that allows an LPC to gracefully care for these moments in a way that will be healing.
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 »
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 »