A Weekly Divorce & Separation Support Group for Women – Next Cycle Begins May 2022

Do you find yourself in a season of change due to separation and/or divorce? Sunstone’s Weekly Divorce & Separation Group for Women aims to provide a safe and supportive environment where you can share your journey, and be seen and heard by other women going through similar circumstances. The next 8-week session meets Wednesdays and begins April 6, 2022.

Bringing Baby Home Workshop Dates Announced for Spring 2022!

Are you expecting a baby this year, or do you have a baby under a year old? Many couples find it challenging to make the transition to parenthood. The Bringing Baby Home workshop can help. Designed by The Gottman Institute, the program focuses on building and maintaining the quality of the couple’s relationship, which ultimately improves the quality of life for babies and children. Register for a Spring 2022 session.

How to Address Challenges New Parents May Face

It’s no secret that the transition to parenthood is a challenging one with all the physical, psychological, and relational changes that occur in a relatively short period of time. With sleep deprivation, it’s no wonder that many parents experience a shortness in temper or/and a lack of patience. If you’re a parent, you’re familiar with these challenges. If you’re expecting for the first time, you may be wondering how to navigate this unknown, upcoming transition, how a new baby will impact your lifestyle and relationship, and what kind of parent you will be.  

Health Implications on Women Caused by Pandemic Stress

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Parents have unquestionably been hit hard by the pandemic. Between school closures and virtual learning, many parents have assumed the role of teacher on top of their usual household obligations and adjusting to working from home. And on top of that, parents are helping their children navigate their fear, anxiety, and depression around COVID and tumultuous societal events.

4 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Practice Anytime, Anywhere

Mindfulness is an ancient practice that encourages us to be engaged with ourselves and the world around us without judgement. Many of us are stuck thinking about the past or worrying about the future that we don’t spend much time in the present moment at all. Getting started with a mindfulness practice doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are four brief exercises you can try at any time, in any place.

Advice on Staying True to New Year’s Resolutions

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If you’re like most people and are unable to stick with your New Year’s resolutions, we offer some ways you can stay true to them. Also, consider seeking help from a trained therapist. Mental health professionals can offer powerful tools that can help you uncover obstacles, where they came from, and tools to help you overcome them.

4 Reasons to Start Therapy in 2022

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If you’re like most people, you plan to ring in the new year with a list of resolutions. Whether that is through eating right, working out, learning a new language or decluttering your home office, resolutions are made to help us live our best lives. In all of these instances, mental health therapy can help.

Give Yourself the Gift of Counseling

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When you decide to see a counselor, you are in effect stating: it is worth it to invest in myself and pursue healing. This is valuable, important work, because I am valuable and important. No matter your season of life or the struggles before or behind you, the partnership of an insightful counselor can be transformative and life changing.

Grief and the Holidays: Some Recommended Reading

The months leading into the transition from 2021 to 2022 may include holiday gatherings, travel, deadlines, expectation, estrangement, and stress. This time can also bring celebration, “friendsgivings”, traditions, creativity, a sense of community, laughter, anticipation, and joy. When adding these on top of a loss, multiple losses, or cumulative losses, one could see how this season overloads our grief experience. 

7 Ways Sunstone Counseling Can Help the Richmond Community’s Mental Health

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Our mission at Sunstone Counseling is to remove the barriers that prevent people from obtaining the mental health services they need and deserve. By offering in-person and online appointments to RVA residents at our Glen Allen office hopes to alleviate any scheduling challenges those seeking counseling may have faced in the past.  

How to Navigate Difficult Conversations this Holiday Season and Beyond

As we gather with friends and family, whether virtually or in-person for the holiday season, current events will likely be a topic of conversation with differing opinions involved. Now more than ever it’s critical that we possess the tools to have difficult but healthy conversations with people in our lives.

When Gratitude Gives Back: 5 Reasons to Practice Gratitude

The end of the year invites in a season of reflection – reflecting on what we’re thankful for, what the year has held, and what’s coming in the near and distant future. This practice of gratitude is timely and seasonal – but it doesn’t have to be.