Group therapy can be a safe and validating space for people seeking support for a mental health condition or major life change.

Group sessions are typically 6-8 weeks in duration, and fees are often lower than individual therapy sessions.

Browse Sunstone’s current group counseling offerings. You may also be interested in our interactive and immersive workshops.

  • Groups provide support. Hearing from others with similar challenges helps you understand that you’re not alone.
  • Groups provide perspective. Hearing others’ experiences can be very insightful and give you a deeper perspective on your situation.
  • Groups develop social skills. Groups not only help ease a sense of isolation but also provide the opportunity to practice communication and listening skills.
  • Groups promote forward momentum. Members often feel a sense of accountability to the group and are therefore more likely to move forward toward positive change.

DBT Skills for Parents of Teens

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Would you like to gain behavioral skills to help connect with and support your emotional teen?

Parenting can be especially challenging when your teen has difficulties regulating their emotions. This group provides parents with tools to help their teens accept life circumstances while developing skills to enact positive changes in their behavior and interactions with others.

Each week focuses on a specific DBT skill: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and the teen-family-specific module, Walking the Middle Path.

Date(s)

Thursdays from 6:30-7:45pm | Jan 12-Mar 2, 2023

Location
This group meets VIRTUALLY via Zoom (HIPAA-compliant version)
Participant profile

Parents/guardians of 12-18 year-olds who seek tools to support their child(ren) experiencing mental health struggles and emotional dysregulation

DBT Skills Creative Arts Group for Adolescents

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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 from 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.

Date(s)

Multiple offerings (click Learn More for details)

Location
Multiple in-person offerings (click Learn More for details)
Participant profile

High schoolers (9th-12th grade)

Participants are often struggling with some level of anxiety and/or depression. This group is ideal for anyone who has difficulty managing intense or extreme emotions, makes impulsive decisions or reacts impulsively, engages in self-harm or self-destructive behaviors, or struggles with conflict at home or at school.

DBT Skills Group for Adults

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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 DBT Skills Group, we go over coping skills and strategies from the modules of DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Participants commit to joining eight weeks at a time (two weeks of mindfulness and six weeks on another module). The full program is 24 weeks.

Date(s)

Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm

8-week modules are introduced on a rolling basis (click Learn More for details).

Location
This group meets VIRTUALLY via Zoom (HIPAA-compliant version)
Participant profile

Consider this group if you are an adult in Virginia experiencing chaotic relationships, difficulty managing your emotions, and/or have problematic behaviors as a result of intense emotions.

Sexual and Gender Identity Development Group

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Are you curious about exploring your gender or sexual identity?

Consider joining this group if you wish to deepen your level of self- and other awareness in relation to your gender/sexual identity.

Interpersonal process groups offer a unique and powerful space for growth and change. Members can expect to gain a deeper level of insight on themselves and how they relate to others based off of the “here and now” interactions within the group setting.

Date(s)

Mondays from 6-7:30pm | January 23-March 20, 2023

Location
This group meets VIRTUALLY via Zoom (HIPAA-compliant version)
Participant profile

Adults ages 18-40; gender and sexual minorities / people questioning or curious about exploring their gender and/or sexuality

Grief, Loss, and Life: A 7-week Group Process

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How we experience grief and loss is as varied and unique as each individual; so too are the triggers for feelings of grief. We may feel numb or overwhelmed by our feelings. Perhaps we don’t know where to turn or feel that what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working.

However you identify your experience, the grief journey can be a highly personal – and sometimes isolating – one. But you’re not alone.

We invite you to join a seven-week processing group, Grief, Loss, and Life, to honor individual loss experiences. In the group, we will introduce concepts, processing, and activities that foster learning and support.

Date(s)

Wednesdays 7-8:15pm | October 5-November 16, 2022

Location
This group meets VIRTUALLY via Zoom (HIPAA-compliant version)
Participant profile

Open to Virginia residents, age 18+

We ask participants to commit to attending the 7-week set of sessions to help foster group cohesion.

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