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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.
  • 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

  • Social Emotional Group for 1st – 3rd Graders

    This online group (5 kids max) will allow little friends to practice social skills, develop emotional regulation skills, and grow in emotional literacy. The group is structured with an opening social skill and/or grounding technique, an activity that focuses on a theme for the day, and closes with practicing our opening social skill and/or grounding technique. Themes for the group will include: worries/anxiety, anger, joy/gratitude, and peer friendship. Following the group, parents of clients will receive feedback from Lauren.
    Cost: $400 for group; 30 minute parent session required — $75 intake session
    When: Mondays, 3 PM – 4:15 PM starting Jan.11-Feb. 15.
    Location: Online, via HIPAA compliant video platform, Theranest
    Contact: Lauren Stephens, Resident in Counseling | lauren.s@sunstonecounselors.com
  • 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.

  • 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, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm OR 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. | 8-Week Cycle Begins March 3, 2021 | 8-Week Cycle Begins May 5, 2021. Welcoming new members now.

    Location: Online, via HIPAA compliant video platform, Theranest

    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. ($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.

  • Eating Disorder Recovery Support Group for Young Adults

    Join us for discussions around body image, self-worth, self-compassion, diet culture, relationships, stressors, and more! Open to clients throughout Virginia, ages 17-22.

    Cost: $80/session
    When: Mondays at 4:30
    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-Informed Creative Arts Groups for Teens

    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills help individuals live more mindfully, better manage intense emotions, reduce impulsivity, and improve communication in relationships. In this group, creative techniques will be used to explore and reinforce DBT concepts in a way that is accessible and beneficial for people of all creative skill levels!

    Emotion Regulation (6 weeks; $525/person)
    Middle School | Wednesdays | 3:45-4:45 pm | Jan. 27-Mar. 3
    High School | Wednesdays | 5:00-6:00 pm | Jan. 27-Mar. 3

    More Information: CLICK HERE
    Location: Online, via secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform, Theranest
    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 February 11th-March 25th
    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 February 4th
    *Obtaining individual therapy is strongly recommended before beginning this group

  • College Students Support Group

    This group is specifically for college students who are living at home and taking classes virtually this semester. The primary goal is to gather students with shared experiences to give and receive support. Discussion topics may include coping with family members, virtual classes, disappointment, boredom, and loneliness.

    Cost: $95/session

    When: ASAP in 2021; weekly time TBD based on participants’ schedules

    Where: Online, via secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform, Theranest

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

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