You can find Healthy Connections Counseling at the following address:

4434 Columbia Road, Suite 202Martinez, GA 30907

There is parking directly in front of the office.

Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm. We are closed on Sunday.

Sessions last 50 minutes. An intake session lasts 90 minutes due to the paperwork involved.

A 50-minute session is $100.

A 90-minute intake session is $160.

There are also package deals available and a monthly subscription option. Please contact me for more information about those.

I require a 24-hour notice for cancellations, or a $50 dollar no show fee applies. However, I understand that emergencies happen. Please call me as soon as you are aware that you will be unable to make an appointment.

I don’t think I have a perfect client. I want to work with people who want to change, that desire a better life. If this is you, then you are my perfect client.

I prefer to work with people who want to change, so generally it is people who have sought me out and are willing to do the work. This is not usually kids or teenagers. While I do make some adjustments for teenagers that want to be in therapy, I don’t generally work with people under 18.

Yes. It happens often. It is nothing to be ashamed of; and as I own stock in Kleenex, I highly recommend crying… and colds, but I don’t want you to have a cold in my office, so crying works.

Yes. People who do not want to have therapy. They don’t usually wander into my office, so it’s not usually a problem.

Yes. Video sessions are $80 for 50 minutes. Phone sessions cost the same amount.

Yes. What happens in therapy, stays in therapy.

This becomes tricky for couples, because we do have individual sessions and then come back together to work as a group. When one partner has told me something in confidence that they don’t want their partner to know, this can be difficult.

There will be conversations beforehand about the difference between private information (things your partner does not need to know) vs secrets (things your partner should know but you are having difficulty with telling them) and how it will be handled.

In a word, yes. It is bound to happen when you are talking about highly charged things and feelings. I don’t take sides and try to use it as a moment to process what happened and how we can stop it from happening in the future.

No. But I can give you the name of someone who can.

Yes. I found it to be very helpful when I was going through a stressful time in my life, and I will always be grateful to my therapist for helping me overcome that difficult time.

I enjoy talking to people, getting to understand them and their lives, and then helping them to get where they want to go.

Yes, sometimes. I try to wait until after the session; but if you are giving me a great deal of information that I believe is important, then I want to try and remember as much of it as I can. My notes are always locked in my office and inaccessible to anyone but me.

Sex therapy is a unique form of specialized therapy designed to help anyone who would like to address issues and concerns with their sexuality, sexual identity, sexual function, or sexual expression. While other issues may be addressed in therapy, like depression, anxiety, or trauma, the main focus in sex therapy is to help anyone with overcoming sexual issues in their lives and relationships. Some of the issues that are covered in sex therapy include:

 

  • Medical issues affecting desire
  • Painful intercourse
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Issues surrounding orgasm
  • Polyamory
  • Exploring kink and alternative lifestyles
  • Issues related to gender expression and identity
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Sexual desire or frequency discrepancies
  • Unusual sexual desires or behaviors
  • Overcoming past sexual trauma

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out are the opposite of weak.

We all need help at some point in our lives. The goal of therapy is not for me to fix your problems but, rather, to help you tap into the strengths you already have and use those strengths to create change in your life.

Problems seem bigger than they really are when we try to solve everything ourselves or hold everything inside.

Friends are great, and I hope that you feel you can talk to the people in your life about what you are going through.

The difference between talking to me and talking to a friend is that I have spent a great deal of time learning skills to help you manage things in your life.

When you meet with me, you can be assured that I will listen to you without judgment – not to mention the peace of mind you will experience from knowing that your information will be confidential.

Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person, so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

While medication can be very helpful, sometimes it’s not the right fit for everyone. Even if you do decide on medication, numerous studies have shown that medication and therapy together have the most long-lasting positive effects for the vast majority of people.

During our initial session, I will talk with you about what is going on in your life that brings you into therapy and how you would like for therapy to help you. If I feel it is necessary, I will provide you with assessments and take a thorough history.

All you have to do is relax and think about how you want your life to change… and be open to talking about your issues and concerns.

Yes! Many people who are not in relationships come to sex therapy to work on intimacy issues that have troubled them for years or negatively affected their past relationships. It is a great way to deal with these issues so that you are in a better place when you start your next relationship.

While it would be best for both of you to come and see me together, I understand that this is not always going to happen.

Sometimes one partner will not be as invested in working on the relationship as the other. Even in this circumstance, one partner working on making the relationship better can make a difference. Every couple is different.

Unfortunately, there is no way to know that for certain. It is something that we can discuss as we meet so that you can have a better idea of how long we can look forward to working together.

I don’t have a couch, it’s more of a loveseat, and you are free to try. I don’t think it would be very comfortable.

Yes. But if you don’t, there’s always tissue.

Kleenex only. Remember, I own stock.

Yes, but this is your time. Why would you want to know about boring, old me?

The most important thing that you can do is to be honest with me and yourself about what is going on in your life and your ability to work on that problem.

Please remember that we will only meet once per week, so it’s important that you do all of the homework and out-of-office assignments that I give you so that we can make the most of our time together.