Category: Mental Health

Health Implications on Women Caused by Pandemic Stress

stressed working mom

Parents have unquestionably been hit hard by the pandemic. Between school closures and virtual learning, many parents have assumed the role of teacher on top of their usual household obligations and adjusting to working from home. And on top of that, parents are helping their children navigate their fear, anxiety, and depression around COVID and tumultuous societal events.

4 Reasons to Start Therapy in 2022

2022 Goals - Therapy Can Help

If you’re like most people, you plan to ring in the new year with a list of resolutions. Whether that is through eating right, working out, learning a new language or decluttering your home office, resolutions are made to help us live our best lives. In all of these instances, mental health therapy can help.

Give Yourself the Gift of Counseling

Give yourself the gift of counseling in 2022

When you decide to see a counselor, you are in effect stating: it is worth it to invest in myself and pursue healing. This is valuable, important work, because I am valuable and important. No matter your season of life or the struggles before or behind you, the partnership of an insightful counselor can be transformative and life changing.

Sunstone Counseling to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Ashburn Location

Sunstone Counseling’s compassionate team is committed to reducing barriers that may prevent clients from getting the counseling they deserve, which is why they’ve expanded their services to Loudoun County. The new state-of-the-art office features nine counseling offices, two of which are dedicated to children’s play therapy, three for couples and family counseling, and one large… Read more »

What is the Gottman Method used in Couples Counseling?

When we fall in love with our spouses or partners, we never imagine that someday the honeymoon phase might end. We want to believe those Hollywood romantic comedies that make us believe we will “live happily ever after.” The truth is, all couples have their fair share of ups and downs. That’s natural. Healthy relationships… Read more »

Understanding Race-Based Stress

When it relates to mental health, terms such as “trauma informed care” are now part of the lexicon in supporting youth and vulnerable populations. Various types of trauma can affect everyone differently and can have profound negative emotional, mental, and physical effects on the brain and body.

Men – It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Men can ask for help too

By: Dan McDonald, Resident in Counseling What’s the clog in your life right now, and what are you doing to fix it?  Last week, my bathroom sink just wouldn’t drain. Here’s what I did instead of calling a plumber: Used Drano (didn’t work) Researched which drain clearing tools to buy  Used those drain clearing tools… Read more »

Labor Day Brings New Beginnings

By Amy Clay, LPC, co-owner of Sunstone Counseling* Humans have long used seasonal changes to mark life’s transitions and often view them as a time to start fresh. In fact, the “fresh start effect” is a recognized phenomenon that suggests that people are more likely to focus on important goals following “temporal landmarks,” such as… Read more »

Our COVID-19 Response

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 »

How trained is your counselor? The answer: Very.

By: Sara Boothe, M.A. Credentials, or the multiple letters at the end of your counselor’s name, can be confusing to decipher. They can include degrees, professional titles, and even certifications. Many states designate the professional counselor credential with different titles and acronyms, making it even more confusing for many clients. It is helpful – even… Read more »