6 Signs Your Teen May Be Depressed

Teen depression

As teens struggle through the tough transition period of childhood into young adulthood, it can be difficult to decipher a teen’s behavior. Are their out-of-control emotions and conduct a result of the natural process of adolescence, or is it something more serious?

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 »

How To Help Your Child Who Is Being Bullied

Watching your child endure bullying and harassment from their peers is a difficult and painful experience for most parents. We all want our children to be happy and healthy, and when they hurt, we hurt. Whether they’re at school or just looking at social media on their phones, tablets or computer, it can be virtually impossible to try and intervene or attempt to stop bullying behavior.

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 »

Sunstone Counseling Wins 2021 Best of Falls Church Award!

Sunstone Counseling is pleased to announce we were selected as the winner of the “Professional Services” category in the Best of Falls Church contest. Residents of Falls Church recognized Sunstone for helping its clients create a brighter tomorrow one counseling session at a time. Sunstone is so humbled to be recognized by the community.

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.

How to Support Yourself When Coming Out

Living an authentic and fully expressed life is one of the best ways to feel happy, healthy, and fulfilled. If you are contemplating coming out to the people in your life, know that you’re making a courageous and healthy choice for yourself. But, coming out is sometimes scary. How will people react? Will your friends and family accept you? Will you face consequences at work or your place of worship? It’s perfectly normal to have these fears and worries, but there are tangible steps you can take to make your landing softer.

A New Year Planning Guide For You

The new year can be a great time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. It can be an intentional time for thoughtful examination of accomplishments and challenges in the year before. It also presents an opportunity to set an intention, theme, or focus for the coming year. Sometimes, the turn of… Read more »

3 Rituals to Help your Family Reconnect and Reset

By Cassie Keim, Graduate Counseling Intern Family rituals are simple, fun ways to help your family to slow down and develop moments of connection and belonging. Shown to help provide stability during times of transition, family rituals not only create simple opportunities to connect, but also provide children and teens with opportunities to develop a… Read more »

5 Tips on How to Manage Food Fears on Thanksgiving

The holidays are a time for connection and celebration, but if you struggle with an eating disorder, they are also a time of anxiety. Many hurdles can arise throughout the holiday season – such as comments from others on eating and appearance, inconsistent timing of meals, unfamiliar food choices, and stress around loss of routine. If you are feeling a sense of overwhelm and dread over the upcoming holiday, you are not alone.