Therapy & counseling services
I use several different techniques with a single focus on you. When we meet, we will explore your current symptoms and discuss the different approaches I take in my sessions with clients.
Improving your overall well-being and happiness is the result of a caring and collaborative approach to our therapeutic relationship.
Pregnancy & Postpartum
- Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Pregnancy and Postpartum Support
- Birth Trauma
- Pregnancy loss/infant loss
Relationships & Marriage
- Couples Counseling
- Preventative Therapy
Additional Therapy Focuses
- Coping Skills
- Grief and loss
- Stress Management
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts can have a negative impact on our mood.
This form of psychotherapy is thought to be one of the most effective treatments for conditions such as depression and anxiety. This approach can help you see how your thinking may contribute to these problems and learn new ways to perceive events or actions of those around you.
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally focused therapy is a humanistic approach to therapy that helps you effectively identify your different emotional states and transform your responses to your emotions in order to improve your mood and relationships.
To arrive at this in session, I'll help you identify your emotions and learn how to accept your big emotions rather than suppress or avoid them.
The goal is to improve your understanding around your different emotional states and become more flexible in the way you process and respond to your emotions.
Interpersonal therapy is a form of psychotherapy where you identify your problems and work to rectify them. It starts with developing a strong therapeutic alliance between therapist and client.
I help the client effectively respond to their emotions and identify any maladaptive cognitive and interpersonal patterns that will then be resolved in sessions. The therapist will engage in asking questions to help explore these patterns and then engage in the working alliance with the client to find ways to change their familiar but problematic patterns.
Person-centered therapy is a non-authoritative approach that revolves around the principle of listening and acknowledging your experience without providing solutions.
My emphasis is to be compassionate and understand you on an empathetic level. This will allow the you to freely discuss your problems without feeling judged or interrupted.
My role is to encourage, support, and guide your therapeutic process by not taking control, but rather nurturing your self-discovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
I am located in the Atlanta, GA area; however, please note that I am fully virtual and able to see patients in locations outside of Atlanta.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
I do take individuals on a sliding scale to make therapy financially available. Please inquire regarding a sliding scale fee prior to the initial session.
Do you accept insurance?
I am currently an in-network provider with Aetna. I may be considered an out-of-network provider by your insurance company. Upon request, I will provide you with an insurance ready form that you can submit to your insurance company. If you have any questions regarding your reimbursement for out-of-network providers, please contact your insurance company.
I accept cash, check cards and am able to accept many FSA or HSA cards. I will provide you with a statement if using a FSA or HSA card. You will need to request this after you initiate your first session.
I will be going to a full private pay practice in 2022. I have made the decision to move to a private pay practice starting next year to maintain complete confidentiality and to operate fully independent of insurance companies.
Please give at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. If 24 hours notice is not given, you will be charged the full fee for your scheduled session. You can text, email or call me to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
Free phone consultation
Phone consultations are offered during business hours and generally last 15 minutes.
We'll cover your current concerns and answer any questions regarding therapy. If I am unable to work with you at this time, I will be more than happy to provide you with some helpful referrals for other providers in the area.
Do you offer virtual therapy?
Yes! In fact, all of my sessions are virtual. I am available virtually anywhere in the Atlanta, GA area.
What is a virtual appointment like?
Virtual appointments can be done right from your phone or computer.
You will have the option of talking with me face-to-face, or if you prefer, you can even leave your camera off.
I can practice virtually in 27 states:
- License: AL SB 102
- Enacted: 3/18/2021
- License: AZ HB 2503
- Enacted: 5/17/2016
- License: AR HB 1760
- Enacted: 4/25/2021
- License: CO HB 1017
- Enacted: 4/12/2018
- License: DE HB 172
- Enacted: 6/27/2019
District of Columbia
- License: DC B 145
- Enacted: 3/16/2021
- License: GA HB 26
- Enacted: 4/23/2019
- License: IL HB 1853
- Enacted: 8/22/2018
- License: KS SB 170
- Enacted: 5/17/2021
- License: KY HB 38
- Enacted: 3/18/2021
- License: ME HB 631
- Enacted: 6/22/2021
- License: MD HB 970
- Enacted: 5/18/2021
- License: MN SB 193
- Enacted: 5/25/2021
- License: MO HB 1719/MO SB 660
- Enacted: 6/1/2018
- License: NE L 1034
- Enacted: 4/23/2018
- License: NV AB 429
- Enacted: 5/26/2017
- License: NH SB 232
- Enacted: 7/10/2019
- License: NJ A 4205/NJ S 2506
- Enacted: 9/24/2021
- License: NC 361
- Enacted: 7/1/2020
- License: OH S 2
- Enacted: 4/27/2021
- License: OK HB 1057
- Enacted: 4/29/2019
- License: PA SB 67
- Enacted: 5/8/2020
- License: TN S 161
- Enacted: 5/11/2021
- License: TX HB 1501
- Enacted: 6/10/2019
- License: UT SB 106
- Enacted: on 3/17/2017
- License: VA SB 760
- Enacted: 4/11/2020
- License: WV SB 668
- Enacted: 4/21/2021
Your Rights & Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills
(OMB Control Number: 0938-1401)
When you get emergency care or get treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from surprise billing or balance billing.
Dr. Jessica Bauer is an out-of-network outpatient facility and therefore does not provide in-network services or bill for costs that are not agreed upon in the client contract. All clients of Dr. Jessica Bauer are responsible for the full cost of their sessions at the time of service. Any insurance billing is up to the client and is paid directly to the client.
What is "balance billing" (sometimes called "surprise billing")?
When you see a doctor or other health care provider, you may owe certain out-of-pocket costs, such as a copayment, coinsurance, and/or a deductible. You may have other costs or have to pay the entire bill if you see a provider or visit a health care facility that isn't in your health plan's network.
"Out-of-network" describes providers and facilities that haven't signed a contract with your health plan. Out-of-network providers may be permitted to bill you for the difference between what your plan agreed to pay and the full amount charged for a service. This is called "balance billing." This amount is likely more than in-network costs for the same service and might not count toward your annual out-of-pocket limit.
"Surprise billing" is an unexpected balance bill. This can happen when you can't control who is involved in your care - like when you have an emergency or when you schedule a visit at an in-network facility but are unexpectedly treated by an out-of-network provider.
You are protected from balance billing for:
If you have an emergency medical condition and get emergency services from an out-of-network provider or facility, the most the provider or facility may bill you is your plan's in-network cost-sharing amount (such as copayments and coinsurance). You can't be balance billed for these emergency services. This includes services you may get after you're in stable condition unless you give written consent and give up your protections not to be balanced billed for these post-stabilization services.
Certain services at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center
When you get services from an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, certain providers there may be out-of-network. In these cases, the most those providers may bill you is your plan's in-network cost-sharing amount. This applies to emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, neonatology, assistant surgeon, hospitalist, or intensivist services. These providers can't balance bill you and may not ask you to give up your protections not to be balance billed.
If you get other services at these in-network facilities, out-of-network providers can't balance bill you unless you give written consent and give up your protections.
Please note: You're never required to give up your protection from balance billing. You also aren't required to get care out-of-network. You can choose a provider or facility in your plan's network.
When balance billing isn't allowed, you also have the following protections:
You are only responsible for paying your share of the cost (like the copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles that you would pay if the provider or facility was in-network). Your health plan will pay out-of-network providers and facilities directly.
Your health plan generally must:
- Cover emergency services without requiring you to get approval for services in advance (prior authorization).
- Cover emergency services by out-of-network providers.
- Base what you owe the provider or facility (cost-sharing) on what it would pay an in-network provider or facility and show that amount in your explanation of benefits.
- Count any amount you pay for emergency services or out-of-network services toward your deductible and out-of-pocket limit.
If you believe you've been wrongly billed, you may contact:The Secretary of State 214 State Capitol Atlanta, Georgia 30334 (404) 656-2881
Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website for more information about your rights under Federal law.