Coastal Counseling of North Florida, LLC

Here to Help You Move from Surviving to Thriving

Feeling ruled by thoughts or emotions, are better relationships&life goals drifting just beyond your reach? Family, work,&personal relationships can present endless challenges & increase feelings of frustration, anxiety, loneliness, or the desire to cling to control. At times, simultaneous feelings of joy&grief may overwhelm; we are here to help.
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A graduate of Tulane University (BA) and Florida State University (MSW), Polly Bauer, LCSW has spent decades serving individuals & organizations in the communities where she has lived: New Orleans, New York City, Chicago, Connecticut, and Greater Jacksonville/St. Augustine. Polly is a fully-trained Practitioner of Radically-Open DBT, an evidence-based treatment addressing over-control (Hyper-perfectionism, Refractory Depression, Anxiety, Anorexia Nervosa, & traits commonly experienced with OCD, Autism, & Obsessive Compulsive, Avoidant, and Dependent Personality Disorders). She provides comprehensive RO DBT indiv therapy, skills classes, and skills support btwn sessions. To ensure adherence to the treatment protocol, she meets weekly w/ her RO DBT consultation team and self-enquiry partner, and meets bi-monthly with a RO DBT senior clinician for supervision. She incorporates Radically Open DBT skills (self-enquiry, flexibility, curiosity, & awareness of social signaling in line w/valued goals) into her personal & professional life to help herself and her clients respond flexibly & find peace in a chaotic, ever-changing world. Foundationally Trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (2019 by Behavior Tech, a co. founded by Marsha Linehan), Polly provides a Standard DBT Advanced Group that meets the 3rd Tues of every month to help individuals keep their DBT skills fresh. Rachel Hillegass, LCSW is a graduate Florida State University (MSW) and has been working in Greater Jacksonville/St. Augustine with teens, adults, and older adults for nearly 2 decades at the Dept. of Juvenile Justice and as a Hospice Social Worker. She specializes in life transitions for teens & young adults as well as grief work including end-of-life support for families of older adults. Using a strength-based approach, Rachel compassionately works with clients to decrease anxiety and negative thoughts and increase effective coping. In addition, Rachel is actively engaged in RO DBT training through the training organization founded by Dr. Lynch, treatment developer. Polly & Rachel passionately and firmly believe that within each of us (often buried deep) is the inner wisdom we need to envision and work towards the life we want to live...a life worth living & sharing.
Polly Bauer, MSW, LCSW & Rachel Hillegass, MSW, LCSW
Radically Open DBT & DBT Psychotherapist Lic:OK&FL



  • OK Virtual RO DBT Class Mon 5:30-7CST
  • FL Virtual RO DBT Class M 6:30-8 EST
  • Teen RO DBT Skills Class Wed 4:30-6pm
  • RO DBT Skills Class 18+ TUES 9-10:30am
  • RO DBT Skills Class 18+ WED 6:30-8pm
  • RO DBT Grad Gathering, 3rd Tues Monthly
  • DBT Grad Gathering 3rd Tues Monthly
  • Hyper-perfectionism
  • Chronic Loneliness
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Communication Issues
  • Avoidant Personality
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anger Management
  • College Mental Health
  • Stress
  • Anorexia
  • Caregiver Issues
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions


  • Radically Open DBT (Excessive Over-Control) Indiv & Classes
  • Grief Work Using RO DBT Protocol
  • Strength-Based
  • Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Advanced DBT Graduate Group (3rd Tues of Month 6:30-7:30pm)

Insurance Accepted

  • Support to Access Single Case Agreement
  • Super Bills Provided
  • Self-Pay Only


  • 20 Min Initial Virtual Consult RO DBT/DBT w/Polly: $0
  • Initial Diagnostic Intake, 60-75 min w/Polly: $170 - $240
  • Individual Therapy Session, 53 min, w/Polly: $150 - $175
  • Btwn Session Skills Coaching for Clients Receiving Full RO DBT Protocol w/Polly: $0
  • RO DBT Skills Class & DBT Skills Group 90 min: $70
  • RO DBT Graduate Gathering Monthly, 1 hr: $30
  • DBT Graduate Meeting Monthly, 1 hr: $30
  • Initial Diagnostic Intake, w/Rachel: $160
  • Indiv Therapy Session, w/Rachel: $140
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