Tara R. Edwards, MA, NCC, Counseling in Alexandria, Virginia, 22314

Tara R. Edwards, MA, NCC

Tara R. Edwards, MA, NCC

Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 26606
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Office 1
112 S Pitt St
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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Office 2
124-D E Broad St
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Sessions start at $85 for 50 minutes session, $155 for 90 minute session. Free 15 minute phone consultation available.

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My passion as a counselor comes from a strong belief that everyone deserves to be heard.

As a counselor, I recognize the uniqueness of each person's journey. Some are looking for companionship. Others are looking for answers. Still others may not be looking for anything all. Perhaps, it just may depend on the day.

Just as each person's life journey is unique, so each person's counseling experience. I am honored to work collaboratively with adults, teens and children as they navigate through their through their own journeys and life transitions. I strive to provide a safe, warm, and non-judgmental place for people to come to share their stories and make positive changes in their lives.

I have experience working with individuals and couples with various concerns including: grief, loss, and bereavement, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, eating disorders, body image, stress management, substance abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and trauma.

My work with clients emphasizes the importance of meaning within each individual's life. Within this existential framework, I utilize methods from cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy, expressive arts, and strength-based techniques.

I am a Resident in Counseling and practice under the supervision of Amy Stephens, LPC and George Coyne, LCSW. I earned my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University. I maintain professional memberships in and actively engage with Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC), American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Creativity in Counseling, and Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society (CSI).

I moved to the DC area from Cleveland to attend American University and never left. I earned my BA in Sociology. I earned my MA in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. Before changing careers, I worked in the nonprofit sector in the areas of women's rights, human rights, and social justice.

Email or Call Tara R. Edwards, MA, NCC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 26606

More Info About My Practice

Sunstone Counseling is a group practice over fifteen therapists strong who range in specialty and work collaboratively to support our clients. We now have two locations, one in Old Town Alexandria and one in Falls Church.

I have office hours in both our Old Town Alexandria and Falls Church locations. I offer afternoon, evening, and weekend hours.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I do much of my work around grief and loss. In today's hectic pace, we don't always allow ourselves - or each other - time to grieve. One of my passions as a counselor is to do my part to change that notion. Helping my clients with grief and loss includes not only matters of death and illness, but also job loss, infidelity, divorce, and relocation.

I also specialize in helping people with their struggle with binge eating disorder (BED) and with obesity.



Relationship and Interpersonal Issues

Self esteem

Anger Management

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Specialties include: Grief, Loss, and Bereavement, Binge Eating Disorder, Obesity

    6 Support Groups currently forming to start the WEEK OF MARCH 7 - To Join or for more info please call or email:
    Teen Grief and Loss
    Grief and Loss
    Binge Eating
    Expressive Arts
    The Artist's Way

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Constructivisim
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray / Sand Play Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution Focused Therapy

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