Recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month

In recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month – which seeks to raise public awareness and educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism – here are just a few of the ways alcohol can affect your physical and mental health, and how you can seek out help for you or a loved one. 

Four Things To Never Say to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

In the wake of the #metoo movement, the highly publicized cases of Brock Turner, Harvey Weinstein, and Brett Kavanaugh have evoked thousands of men and women to come forward and share their stories of sexual assault. Sharing about the incident with someone you trust can be helpful, but only if the response is one of belief, support, and non-judgment. It is important to know what to say — or what NOT to say — to someone who has shared a history of sexual assault.

5 Ways to Support Sexual Assault Survivors

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and there is no better time to address the silence that is fueled by sexual assault. Sexual assault thrives on silence; the louder we can show our support for survivors, the more we shed light on an epidemic. Here are 5 ways that you can help.

How Parents Can Support Their Transgender Child

What makes someone feel they have been born into the wrong body? We’re still discovering how individuals form their gender identities and how to support people who don’t identify with their biological sex or social constructs around being a man or a woman. For parents or caregivers of a transgender child, it can be a confusing and overwhelming journey, but there are ways you can understand and support them.

Social Work for Social Good: Celebrating National Social Worker Month

This year’s celebration of National Social Worker Month is particularly significant as our country grapples with societal turmoil such as the pandemic, economic and social inequities, and the increased need for mental and emotional health treatment. At its core, social work holds the values of service, social justice, dignity, human relationships, integrity and competence.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Shines a Light on Mental Health

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. One way we can mark the occasion this year is to educate ourselves on the mental and emotional impact of living with a disability. Adults with disabilities report experiencing depression and mental distress almost five times more often than adults without disabilities. Frequent mental stress is often linked with poor health habits that can lead to chronic disease and other poor health outcomes.

Holi Reflections: Mental Health Challenges in the South Asian Community

South Asian women celebrating Holi

Mental health challenges have a long history of stigma and shame in South Asian culture which often means that many individuals do not seek out professional support. Influences such as community and family expectations, along with cultural traditions can make it difficult to talk about mental health, let alone seek out help. 

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Sunstone Counseling believes that providing accessible mental health counseling is more critical now than ever, and we’re committed to answering the call for additional support. That’s why we are continuing to expand our reach in the Northern Virginia and Richmond areas, and beyond. In support of our growth, Sunstone Counseling is accepting applications for several positions to provide outstanding services to our community.

How to Support Women on International Women’s Day

Leaders, sisters, caregivers, daughters, entrepreneurs, mothers, artists, therapists, and activists. Women can be anything they choose, and we’re all the better for it.  So today, let’s take an active role in spreading awareness around gender bias and taking action to create a more equitable world for all women. Here are just a few ideas on how you can participate and celebrate this meaningful day.

5 Ways Teens Can Benefit from Therapy

Not many of us remember our teenage years as walks in the park. That’s because this time in our life is punctuated by uncertainties, social pressure, and a surge of hormones. Because of this perfect storm, many teens act out, suffer from low self-esteem, and/or experience feelings of anxiety and depression. This can cause disruption in the home and family. Fortunately, talk therapy from a trained mental health counselor can help.

5 Surprising Misconceptions about School Counselors

School counselors are highly trained, extremely talented, well connected, and extraordinarily resourceful individuals. If we personally can’t help you with a problem, we probably know someone who can, or we can partner with you to figure it out together. In celebration of National School Counseling week, we shed light on some of the most common misconceptions the general public has about school counselors.

Play in Children: Four Reasons Why It’s a Necessary Part of Development

For children, play is their world. It’s how they express themselves; it’s how they build relationships; and it’s how they learn about their environment. Play is a crucial piece to child development. As a parent, your role is to not only take time to join your child in play, but also, to allow the space and opportunity for your child to play. So, how can you, as a parent, encourage play in a child?