Is anxiety interfering with your teen’s quality of life? 

Without question, we are currently living under an intense amount of stress. Current events continue to fuel our nation’s growing mental illness crisis, and adolescents are among the populations most heavily impacted.

This group aims to relieve some of the pressure and provide a safe and supportive space for teens to process how anxiety may be affecting their everyday lives. 

Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, this group discusses 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 anxiety.

Who can attend:

Adolescents (ages 13-17)


October 17-December 12 | Mondays from 6-7:00pm

Meets in Sunstone’s Alexandria office (map it)


The cost of the 9-week group is $900/person ($100/session due weekly).

Registration and Inquiries

To sign up or learn more, contact Emily Louisos (

In this group, participants will:

  • Learn to understand how, and identify when, 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

Meet the Facilitator

Hi, I’m Emily Louisos, and I’m glad you’re here.

I began my counseling journey working extensively at a homeless shelter and long term rehabilitation program for adolescents in the inner city of Buffalo, NY. I followed that with 3 years in the behavioral health hospital system in Northern Virginia. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to help clients overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and high risk behaviors affecting one’s day to day functioning and overall well being. I also use psychodynamic and family systems approaches to help clients understand their roles in their family system, cope with family conflict and interpersonal relationship distress, and understand how the family system can impact one’s well-being.

To request more information or to inquire about joining this group, please email Emily:

Symptoms of Anxiety in Teens

Symptoms of anxiety vary widely, from withdrawal and avoidance to irritability and lashing out. Anxiety is often overlooked because teenagers are good at hiding their thoughts and feelings. But these are some of the behaviors that might be a sign that a teenager is anxious. (Source: Child Mind Institute)

  • Recurring fears and worries about routine parts of everyday life
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Extreme self-consciousness or sensitivity to criticism
  • Withdrawal from social activity
  • Avoidance of difficult or new situations
  • Chronic complaints about stomachaches or headaches
  • Drop in grades or school refusal
  • Repeated reassurance-seeking
  • Sleep problems
  • Substance use