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Joseph Ben Atanacio

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Hello and thank you for your interest in Deep Connections Counseling! 

Joseph Ben Atanacio

I can be reached by phone and texting at:



I offer after-work hours, weekend and online sessions.

If your relationship has gotten off track, I’m here to support you. I believe working together along with my training and compassionate approach can bring balance back into your life. I am available for late evenings and weekend appointments.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and a Master’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling. Certifications: Master Addiction Counselor. I use Prepare/ Enrich for premarital, family, and couple therapy.  

This approach is comprised of a customized couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple’s strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education. It is also used for marriage counseling, marriage enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement.  

I have over 25 years of comprehensive experience working with families, couples, adolescents, and adults. As a US Navy Veteran, I have had and continue to have the privilege of providing relationship counseling as well counseling for anxiety and depression to those who served. I am a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. 

We accept CashApp, Venmo, Paypal, credit/debit cards, also cards associated with using your flex or health care saving account which offers tax savings.

Private Pay Fees:

Individual Counseling: 

Initial Evaluation Online (60 min): $175
Individual Therapy Online (45 min): $150

Couples Therapy:

Initial Evaluation Online (60 min): $250
Couples Therapy Online (60 min): $200

I accept the following insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem BCBS including Medicaid
  • Anthem Healthkeepers Plus
  • Anthem’s PPO “KeyCare”
  • Anthem FEP/Federal Employee Program
  • Anthem “Blue Card”
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Optima including Medicaid
  • Optum
  • Tricare (Prime needs authorization from PCM)
  • United Healthcare

Not accepted:

  • Aetna Better Health
  • Humana Medicare
  • Straight Medicaid (blue and white card)
  • Medicare
  • Optum Medicare
  • Virginia Premier

Couples / marriage therapy is not reimbursable by insurance.

I am in the process of becoming credentialed with other  insurance companies.

For the insurance agencies that I am not credentialed with yet,  I will provide  a “superbill”  for your  sessions so you can file a claim and get reimbursed by your insurance company.  You will need to call your insurance to find out if you have out of network benefits. 

Photo of a couple in which the woman is looking at the man and smiling. This represents how marriage counseling in NC and VA can help improve your relationship.
Photo of a LGBTQ couple holding a tablet to talk with their couples therapist during a therapy session. This represents how online therapy in NC an VA can help couples feel comfortable and safe to explore their issues and work on the relationship together.

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Deep Connections Counseling

Call or Text: (757) 704-5558

Serving Virginia