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.

Why It’s Important to Talk About Suicide

Suicide and suicidal thoughts are difficult topics to discuss. What’s the difference between the two? Suicidal thoughts are any thoughts you have about wanting to end your life. Suicide is the action made to end your life. These thoughts and actions don’t happen overnight; rather they are the result of a myriad of factors over time. Contrary to common beliefs, talking about suicide does not result in more suicides – in fact, it does quite the opposite.

Labor Day Brings New Beginnings

By Amy Clay, LPC, co-owner of Sunstone Counseling* Humans have long used seasonal changes to mark life’s transitions and often view them as a time to start fresh. In fact, the “fresh start effect” is a recognized phenomenon that suggests that people are more likely to focus on important goals following “temporal landmarks,” such as… Read more »

How Using Your Pronouns Helps Create a Safe Space for Others

“Hi, my name is Jami and I use she/her/hers pronouns.” Not going to lie — it was incredibly awkward the first time I said this out loud. Honestly, as a cisgender (a person whose sense of personal identity and gender correspond with their birth sex) female, it felt unnecessary for me to state my pronouns. But, you know what? Stating my pronouns isn’t about my awkward feelings; it is about creating a safer and more comfortable space for everyone in the room. Basically, it helps normalize introductions that include pronouns.

Am I Hungry, Stressed, or Bored?

We’ve all heard someone mention their fear of gaining the “COVID-19” and have seen the many memes about snacking more during social distancing. While these messages aren’t helpful for anyone since we have bigger concerns (i.e. a global pandemic) than putting on a few extra completely normal and non-threatening pounds, these messages remind us that our routines may have shifted significantly.

Managing Social Media During COVID-19

By: Sara Boothe, MA Social media is the thing keeping us connected and informed during quarantine, now more than ever. Although, it is also normal to feel drained, anxious, scared, and a multitude of other negative feelings after being on social media for a good part of your day. How are you dealing with that… Read more »

Defining Amidst Darkness

BY: Natalie Jensen, MSW As we are walking through the beginning of 2020, we find ourselves in the unknown. Literally, we are living in the ambiguous world of global pandemic meets human experience. We know first hand that there are numerous options for thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions (or inaction). Many of us are finding it incredibly… Read more »

Using Video for Play Therapy at Sunstone Counseling

Access to video sessions continues to offer therapeutic connection through the child-therapist interaction as well as prioritizing the unique needs of each child. While this can be a challenging transition to make given the unique needs of every child and the importance of the child-therapist interaction, it can be done successfully and we are so thankful to continue to offer this online service.

60 Second Anxiety Break

By: MJ Harford, MA Counselor in Residence Acceptance is a key skill in managing and reducing anxiety. Acceptance doesn’t have to look deep or complicated, it can be as simple as identifying what is and what isn’t within our control. The COVID19 virus has changed all of our lives; things may be more difficult and more… Read more »

Our COVID-19 Response

To the Sunstone Community: In a time of much fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, our Sunstone Counseling team remains committed to serving and supporting our community, and we would like to provide an update on our response to COVID-19. The health — both mental and physical — and the safety of our clients are our highest… Read more »

5 Reasons to Join a Divorce Support Group

If you are just beginning the separation and/or divorce process, you might be feeling overwhelmed, confused, emotional, angry, lonely, or some combination of these emotions and many more. It may feel like every day is a struggle, trying to make sense of what has happened and what your next steps will be. Perhaps you have been divorced for a while already, but you still struggle with unresolved and/or recurring emotions. Sunstone’s Divorce/Separation Support Group for Women can help you during this time.