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What to Expect

  • Do you ever feel alone in your struggles? Group counseling can be a powerful way to process, learn, and grow with others navigating similar issues.
  • We offer groups for children, teens, and adults experiencing various issues in a safe, confidential environment that allows clients to learn from one another and practice skill building.
  • Sessions often meet weekly for about 6 to 8-weeks, and costs are lower than individual therapy, typically a range of around $50, $80, or $120 per session. For more information, visit our FAQ page.
  • The Next Chapter: Women’s Separation & Divorce Online Support Group

    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 in a nonjudgmental space.

    Topics Typically Discussed:

    • Emotions surrounding divorce and related coping skills
    • Self-worth / self-esteem
    • “Where do I go from here?”
    • Social repercussions of separation
    • Resources (books, professionals, websites)

    Cost: 8 week group – $55 for 55-min intake session, plus an intake session prior to group starting
    When: Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. | 8-Week Cycle Begins July 7, 2021. Welcoming new members now.
    Location: Online via Zoom video platform
    Contact: Julia Ward, Resident in Counseling, Julia@sunstonecounselors.com or Georgie Whatmore, Graduate Counseling Intern, georgie.w@sunstonecounselors.com

    *Members must commit to the full 8-week group.
    *An individual intake session must be scheduled prior to the first group meeting. ($50 for 55-min intake session).
    * The groups will only run if there are three or more members signed up 3 days prior to the group start date.

  • Teen Anxiety Support Group

    Are you crippled by Anxiety? Maybe Covid-19 has brought you a level of anxiety you didn’t know existed, and though the crisis is easing, your anxiety is not. Do anxious thoughts swirl in your head constantly, with no ability to control them? Do your physical reactions to anxiety freeze you in your tracks or lead to avoiding the things most important to you? This group is for the teen that gets anxious at school, in social settings, in public, or in private. This group focuses on managing anxiety and growing in the skills needed to live productively amidst situations that make us anxious. Anxiety is normal, but suffering because of anxiety is not.

    Our approach: This group uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to identify how anxiety affects one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and provides teens with resources, skills, and community to connect, relate, and grow further towards managing one’s anxiety.

    In this group, members will:
    – Learn to understand how and identify when their anxiety escalates and leads to a crisis
    – Understand the mind-body connection related to anxiety
    – Identify triggers for anxiety
    – Be able to challenge and combat negative, anxious thoughts
    – Acquire a toolbox of coping skills to help in circumstances of heightened anxiety
    – Understand when and why anxiety is normal
    – Explore unrealistic expectations and core beliefs that may lead to heightened anxiety
    – Openly discuss current circumstances with peers

    When: Wednesdays at 4pm (virtual group) or Thursdays at 7pm (in person if available). The group will run once per week for 8 weeks. Two different times are offered. The time you choose will be the time you commit to each week.

    Who: Teens ages 13-17. Ages 12 and 18 will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact Emily Louisos to discuss joining if you are these ages. Teens graduated from high school will not be considered.

    Cost: $

    More information: Please contact emilylouisos@sunstonecounselors.com if you have any questions regarding the group. Fill out the interest form here to take the first step toward joining the group!

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  • Millennials Support Group

    Want more confidence in defining YOUR path? Want to break out of over a year of isolation and thrive? Find your footing and solutions with Sunstone’s newest group!
    This is an open process group to support millennials in finding their internal compass during changing times. Our millennials support group will be a safe space to break down societal norms and explore living an authentic life on your own terms.

    • When: STARTING SOON! (time and date flexible pending group member availability)
    • Where: Telehealth group via TheraNest
    • Cost: $20/session
    • More information: CLICK HERE

    Please contact one of the group leaders to begin the screening process or complete the form below to have someone reach out to you.

  • New Moms Online Support Group

    This group is open to moms of babies less than 1 year old, to discuss anxieties and challenges unique to new moms. We will discuss challenges from week to week and coping skills for emotions that may arise.

    Cost: 8-week group – $55 per session, plus an intake session prior to group starting
    When: Time and Date flexible pending group member availability
    Location: Online, via HIPAA-compliant video platform, Theranest | Open to clients in Virginia
    Contact: Julia Ward, Resident in Counseling, Julia@sunstonecounselors.com

    *Members must commit to the full 8-week group.
    *An individual intake session must be scheduled prior to the first group meeting. ($55 for 55-min intake session).
    * The group will only run if there are two or more members signed up 3 days prior to the group start date.

  • Reclaiming Your Peace

    This is a 6-week online group to help adults struggling with anxiety. Learn calming techniques and healthy coping skills to reduce symptoms of anxiety.

    Are you experiencing symptoms of restlessness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, or excessive worry? These are symptoms of anxiety that can negatively impact your life, work, and/or relationships. If you’ve noticed increased anxiety and you’re ready for peace in your life, then this group is for you.

    This group will give you a space to process your feelings of anxiety. We will discuss how you experience anxiety and the impact it has on your life. I will show you effective calming techniques and you will have the opportunity to learn healthy coping skills to help reduce anxiety.

    Call today to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.

    Cost: $50/session for 6-week cycle
    When: Begins the week of October 5th; time TBD based on participants’ schedules
    Location: Online, via HIPAA-compliant video platform, Theranest
    Contact: Elizabeth Autrey-Moore, Resident in Counseling, elizabeth.autrey@sunstonecounselors.com, (571) 354-7225

  • Expecting Moms Online Support Group

    Are you pregnant during the pandemic? This is a processing group with space for expecting moms to discuss emotional challenges during pregnancy and build coping skills to maintain your mental health.

    Cost: 8-week group – $55 per session, plus an intake session prior to group starting
    When: Time and Date flexible pending group member availability
    Location: Online, via HIPAA-compliant video platform, Theranest | Open to clients in Virginia
    Contact: Julia Ward, Resident in Counseling, Julia@sunstonecounselors.com

    *Members must commit to the full 8-week group.
    *An individual intake session must be scheduled prior to the first group meeting. ($55 for 55-min intake session).
    * The group will only run if there are two or more members signed up 3 days prior to the group start date.

  • Connect & Create: Virtual Art & Mindfulness Workshops

    Looking to practice self-care this holiday season? These therapeutic artmaking workshops will focus on the process of creating art to check in with your own needs, explore your creative side, and connect with others.

    In each workshop, we’ll get creative with materials available at home to practice a new art process. No prior art experience necessary; all are welcome. You will be encouraged to focus on the experience of making art, rather than on a finished product. This will not be a step-by-step class, but instead, an opportunity for guided creativity. Mindfulness will be incorporated to help tune in to individual needs. While we’ll make space to connect and process both shared and individual experiences, the primary focus will be on creating art in a shared space.

    Workshop schedule: Dec. 15, Dec. 22, Dec. 29, Jan. 5
    Dec. 15: Mindful doodling
    Dec. 22: Music & scribbles
    Dec. 29: Mandalas
    Jan. 5: Cultivating self-compassion

    Times: Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm
    Fees: $40/session OR $35 each for 2 or more sessions (must sign up for multiple sessions)
    Open to: Residents of Virginia, ages 18+
    Location: Online, via a HIPAA-compliant video platform, TheraNest.
    Contact: For more information, please contact Lauren Schlenger, Art Therapist & Resident in Counseling | Lauren@sunstonecounselors.com

  • Fertility Challenges Online Support Group

    Are you experiencing challenges while trying to get pregnant? This group is for women who are currently struggling with fertility challenges. It is a processing group, and we will discuss challenges from week to week and share coping strategies for maintaining mental health through the fertility journey.

    Cost: 8-week group – $55 per session, plus an intake session prior to group starting
    When: Time and Date flexible pending group member availability
    Location: Online, via HIPAA-compliant video platform, Theranest | Open to clients in Virginia
    Contact: Julia Ward, Resident in Counseling, Julia@sunstonecounselors.com

    *Members must commit to the full 8-week group.
    *An individual intake session must be scheduled prior to the first group meeting. ($55 for 55-min intake session).
    * The group will only run if there are two or more members signed up 3 days prior to the group start date.

  • Therapeutic Book Club for Eating Disorder Recovery

    We will read one recovery-oriented book per month and then meet to discuss!

    • February 18 – “Eating in the Light of the Moon”
    • March 18 – “Life Without ED”
    • April 15 – “Body Kindness”
    • May 13 – “Intuitive Eating”

    When: Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
    Cost: $40 per meeting.
    Contact: You can email callie@sunstonecounselors.com to register for one or all sessions.

  • Eating Disorder Recovery Support Groups

    Join us for discussions around body image, self-worth, self-compassion, diet culture, relationships, stressors, and more! Open to clients throughout Virginia.

    Young Adults (Ages 17-22)
    When: Mondays at 4:30 – 5:30 PM

    Teens (Ages 13-17)
    Mondays at 11:00 -12:00 PM
    Tuesdays at 3:30 – 4:30 PM

    Cost: $80/session
    Location: Online, via HIPAA-compliant video platform, Theranest | Open to clients in Virginia
    Contact: Callie Dyer, MA, Resident in Counseling | callie@sunstonecounselors.com

  • Men’s Online Divorce Group

    This online group is for men who are recently separated, in the middle of a divorce, or already divorced and feeling stuck. Separation can feel frustrating, depressing, and lonely – especially in this era of social distancing. We will help navigate the stressors of this difficult time by learning, healing, and growing together.

    Topics include:
    – Coping skills for managing emotional strain
    – Reaffirming self-worth and self-esteem
    – Managing social and relationship impacts
    – Resources (books, professionals, websites)

    Cost: 8-week group – $80/session (discounts available for those financially impacted by COVID-19)
    When: Begins week of April 20; time TBD based on participants’ schedules
    Where: Online, via secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform, Theranest
    Contact: Dan McDonald, Resident in Counseling, dan@sunstonecounselors.com, 703-214-6430

  • DBT Skills Creative Arts Groups for Adolescents

    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that helps individuals live more in the moment, better manage intense emotions, reduce impulsive behavior, and improve their relationships. In this group, we go over coping skills and strategies based in the modules of DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and walking the middle path. Creative techniques are used to explore and reinforce DBT concepts in a way that is accessible and beneficial for adolescents of all artistic skill levels.

    Middle School | Wednesdays | 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
    High School | Wednesdays | 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

    More Information: CLICK HERE
    Location: Sunstone Counseling McLean Office 1485 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22101

    Contact: Jacqueline Anderson, LPC | jacqueline@sunstonecounselors.com | (571) 429-4848

  • Eating Disorder Recovery Process Group for Adults

    Join us on taking a deep dive into your relationship with eating disorder recovery. Peer support offers a whole different level of commitment to the recovery process, and I am honored to facilitate this experience for you. This will be a “closed” group so you may focus on building a bond with group members, and fostering a safe place to be vulnerable. This “process” style group will not have structured topics each week, and rather be focused on what each group member brings to the session hour. Examples of topics you may expect to discuss include: Interpersonal relationships, career, body image, motivation, comparison, and more.

    Cost: $80/per session or $525 when paying for all 7 sessions in advance
    Who: Adults 23+ who are committed to the recovery journey
    When: 7 week cycle-Thursday evenings from 5pm-6pm, beginning June 17 – Aug 5
    Where: Online through a HIPAA compliant platform (Virginia Residents Only)
    Contact: Sara Boothe, M.A., Resident in Counseling sara@sunstonecounselors.com

    *Clients must commit to all 7 sessions
    *Client must complete a free 15 minute phone consultation with Sara by April 14th
    *Obtaining individual therapy is strongly recommended before beginning this group

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