Single and Dating Anxiety

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Embrace Confidence: Therapy for Anxious Singles with Sage Counseling and Wellness

Maybe you’re single in Atlanta and anxious about how to have fun on your own and not rely on a relationship.

Or maybe you’re struggling with dating anxiety. Overwhelmed by the dating apps, ghosting, and unsure who to actually trust. 

You may be comparing your current dating life to other relationships or your past relationships.

We are LGBTQIA+ affirming therapists and work with all types of relationships.

Interested to see if we’re a good fit?

Are you having trouble with:

  • Meeting new people
  • Navigating dating apps 
  • First date anxiety 
  • Being single and feeling okay with it
  • Being happy on your own apart from a relationship
  • Identifying green and red flags in potential partners
  • Navigating societal pressures and biological clock concerns

Your Journey to Calming Dating Anxiety: With Sage Counseling and Wellness, let’s work on 

  • Building confidence and self-esteem 
  • Forming healthy and realistic relationship values 
  • Practicing self-love 
  • Getting what you deserve in relationships
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What can happen if we don’t feel confident being single or in our dating life?

  • We can settle for the next person who comes along 
  • We can become closed off from dating 
  • We can set unrealistically high expectations and standards for potential partners 
  • We can build resentment toward our current partner 
  • We can let anxiety rule our decisions

After working together, you’ll feel more confident to: 

  • Find someone compatible
  • Be aware of your wants and needs in relationships 
  • Go on a first date 
  • Understand your boundaries in an intimate relationship

I’ve been there. I was enjoying dating life in college but wasn’t too sure of what I was looking for in a healthy and lasting relationship. I personally found my husband on a dating app after many dates with people who were not a great fit. It takes time and practice, but a little guidance can go a long way! -Rachel Dorneanu

What to expect in sessions: 

  • First, you will attend an 80 minute intake session where we’ll explore your background history and we’ll set some tentative goals. Then we’ll schedule out a few future 50 minute sessions to start working on your goals. 
  • Sessions occur online as we explore your concerns, possibly using books/workbooks or creative means, process life together, and at times have homework to make sure your new skills stick. 
  • Let’s work together to hit your goals and feel confident in your decisions to take better care of you.

What Comes Next

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation call with the therapist you would like to work with or fill out our potential client form here. From there, you will set up your first session, also known as an intake session. With your chosen therapist, let them know a bit about your concern, your history with past treatment, ask about our fees, and the best days and times to attend therapy sessions. 


Each therapist at Sage Counseling and Wellness has their own fee structure. When you have the initial consultation call with your therapist, you will discuss your fee with them. 

Our therapists do not participate in-network with any insurance companies. Clients pay their therapist each time they come to a session and are then emailed an insurance-compatible statement at the end of each month to send to their insurance companies for out-of-network reimbursement called a superbill. Each insurance company varies on what reimbursement they give for psychotherapy out of network. You may want to check with your insurance company to find out what they offer for psychotherapy with a therapist with your therapist’s particular licensure in Georgia.

What Can I Expect at My First Therapy Appointment?

Many people have fears, assumptions, and at times, no idea at all about what therapy will be like the first time they come in for a first session. We would also encourage you to reach out and ask your therapist any questions you have about what therapy will be like with them.

Each therapist has their own way of approaching their work. But here are some things that may happen in your first session here at Sage Counseling and Wellness:

  • When you start your first online appointment, you’ll be in the virtual waiting room. 
  • While you wait for your appointment, take a moment to breathe, look over any thoughts or items you’d like to share in the session, and perhaps take a restroom break beforehand so you can be fully present.
  • As sessions are virtual, you can sit however you want to sit comfortably. Some clients prefer to sit at a desk, others in a comfy chair with a laptop or tablet, and some others sit on the floor on a yoga mat to stretch while in session. It’s completely up to you. 
  • In your first session, your therapist will likely remind you that what you talk about in session is completely confidential with a few legal and ethical exceptions, which will be explained to you (and which are outlined in our consent to treatment document). If you have any questions about those policies, you’re encouraged to ask!
  • Your therapist might discuss any other policies they have (cancellation, payment, session length, scheduling, or other ‘frequently asked questions’). This all only takes a few minutes.
  • Then, depending on the level of crisis that you’re currently experiencing, your therapist might review their particular style of therapy, discuss your intake form with you, begin a more thorough assessment of your history, or just ask you what brings you in at that particular time. From there on, it’s a conversation and there are no right or wrong things for you to say — the only thing you can do ‘wrong’ at that point is to be dishonest, and in doing so you would only slow down your progress. If there is something about your therapist that seems like it would get in the way of you feeling comfortable being honest, you can say so, and your therapist may be able to help you feel more comfortable. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your therapist. If at any time you don’t, please let them know or let the director know.
  • Your therapist may or may not take notes, depending on their treatment style. These notes are also confidential unless you consent to their release, and they are kept safely in our electronic health record system.
  • Therapy is a safe space to show your vulnerability so crying is perfectly acceptable.
  • You’ll pay for your session at the end, generally, via your credit card on file.
  • You can discuss a regular meeting time with your therapist so that this time becomes your reserved time. This helps in accountability for you to work on your progress as well.

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