On a Path Toward Different – Processing Grief and Loss

Our human experience includes the need to mourn. No matter the loss type, the outward sharing of inward feeling is necessary. But, it does not mean we all activate it in the same way. In fact, part of the unique journey we undertake is finding with whom and how we share with others. It is, however, a part of processing that needs to be heard and witnessed.

6 Signs Your Teen May Be Depressed

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?

Recognizing Mental Health Challenges in Military Families

Military families are uniquely affected by work and life stressors. Pre-deployment training and preparation, deployment, as well as reintegration can affect not only the service member, but his/her spouse and family.

Sunstone Counseling Expands Its Mental Health Services with New Richmond Location

Sunstone Counseling Expands Its Mental Health Services with New Richmond Location

Expanding outside of Northern Virginia, Sunstone Counseling is bringing its diverse and experienced counseling services to Richmond residents. For more than a decade, Sunstone has been helping its clients create a brighter tomorrow one counseling session at a time and is excited to bring high-quality mental health resources to Richmond.

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.

What Is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Is It Good for My Teen?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is broken up into four modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal skills. Individuals who benefit from DBT often have difficulty controlling their emotions, want to improve their impulse control, may find themselves stuck in a pattern of rocky relationships, and/or want to be more grounded in the present.

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.

Three Self-Care Tips if You’re Experiencing Divorce

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Going through a divorce is often an overwhelming, scary, and lonely experience. The process of divorce is different for everyone – from circumstances that contributed to the marriage starting to dissolve, to whether you are the leaver, the one who was left, or if divorce was a mutually agreed on decision. Regardless, divorce causes a relational rupture between two people who once committed to each other for life, which requires substantial emotional repair and self-care.

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 »