F.A.Q.


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Where are you located?

You can find Healthy Connections Counseling at the following address:

4434 Columbia Road, Suite 202Martinez, GA 30907

Where do I park?

There is parking directly in front of the office.

Is your office handicapped-accessible?

Yes.

What are your office hours?

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

How long is a typical session?

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

I don’t have insurance. How much will this cost?

A 50-minute session for one person is $125.

A 50-minute session for a couple is $150

A 90-minute intake session is $160.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment time, we ask that you give us 24 hours notice. If you cancel same day or do not call or show up, you will be charged a $50 dollar fee.

Which insurance do you accept?

We currently accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Healthcare, Multiplan/PHCS, UMR, Tricare, and Caresource. We are also paneled with many EAP companies. Check with your work program to determine if you can be seen for free

What age range do you work with?

We work with people from ages 16-80

Does anyone cry in therapy?

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.

Is there anyone you won’t see?

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

Do you offer video or phone sessions?

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

Is your work confidential?

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.

Do couples fight in front of you?

In a word, yes. It is bound to happen when you are talking about highly charged things and feelings. We 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.

Do you prescribe medication?

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

What is the best way to get in touch with your office?

By phone: (706) 810-2057

Have you been in therapy yourself?

Yes. We all have and found it to be very helpful. We highly recommend it.

What do you enjoy about being a therapist?

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

Do you take notes during the session?

Yes, often. Note-taking is a great way to ensure that the important information you are giving is not forgotten. Our notes are only accessible to us.

What is sex therapy?

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:

I never talked to anyone and am used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

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.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

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.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

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.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

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.

Can I still have sex therapy if I am single?

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.

My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?

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.

How long will therapy take?

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.

Do I have to lie on the couch?

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.

Should I wear waterproof mascara?

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

What brand of tissue do you offer?

Kleenex only. Remember, I own stock.

Cats or Dogs?

Yes.

Am I allowed to ask personal questions?

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

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

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.