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Bear Creek Therapy

licensed psychologist

Jessica Ihns, PsyD, LP

Creating Changes for Emotional Wellness

Welcome to Bear Creek Therapy, the private practice for psychological services with Jessica Ihns, Psy.D., L.P.  I was previously located in Maquoketa, Iowa and help with serving the communities primarily within Jackson and Clinton counties, with Scott and Dubuque counties also having easy access to this location.  Bear Creek Therapy has been in operation since June of 2010.  In 2022-2023, a new office location in rural Lost Nation will be constructed and in-person appointments will resume.  


If you have been looking for someone to talk to who can help you with better managing stress, emotions, relationships, and life in general, please consider checking to see if the services I offer are a match for you.


I primarily work with individuals from adolescence (12+) through adulthood, including the elderly population.  Parents of younger age children seeking support for parenting stressors may also be appropriate for individual therapy.


As a psychologist, working with couples in therapy means once we start as a unit, any individual therapy will need to be with an outside therapist, so that the therapy here remains beneficial for therapeutic for both partners.

Therapy Sessions
My Approach

As a therapist, I have often been told by my clients that I engage in dialogue more than what they had expected. While I do have a couch in my office, I am not the type of therapist who quietly sits  across from my clients and waits for "therapy" to begin. You can expect that I  will ask questions and give feedback and that I will also ask that you be an  active participant in therapy, bringing forward concerns and questions. 

Aside from being an active participant or facilitator in the therapy  process, I also often describe my therapy style as eclectic. I enjoy utilizing cognitive-behavioral or rational-emotive strategies, which essentially means that I help clients understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected to one another. I also employ client-centered approaches of active listening within a warm, genuine, accepting environment. Interpersonal therapy approaches are incorporated, including with grief, role transitions, and interpersonal skills. Solution-focused therapy also is beneficial at times, as well as skill building through such activities as increasing an individual's assertiveness or implementing healthy boundaries, learning relaxation and time management strategies, or improving the client's communication skills. 

About me

I am an Ohio native who has lived in Iowa since 2006, living within 20 minutes  of the Maquoketa area. Prior to starting my own practice, Bear Creek Therapy, in  2010, I worked for a group practice in Cedar Rapids for four years. Before then, I was at a rural community mental health center in northern Minnesota for  two and a half years.

Getting Started

As you are searching for a therapist who may be a good fit for you, consider some practical factors first, including:  What time of day are you needing an appointment?  How far are you from the Maquoketa community?  Does your insurance cover your sessions?  If you are ready to proceed knowing these answers, follow the steps below.


Call the Office

to schedule an appointment


Download and print the intake packet


Complete the intake packet and bring with you to the appointment

Intake Packet for adult

Intake Packet for minor


Check with your insurance company on any out of pocket expenses for which you are responsible.  For those without insurance, please take note of the notice regarding the No Surprise Act and Good Faith Estimate.


Arrive approximately 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment and bring with you your intake packet and insurance card

Notice for No Surprise Act
& Good Faith Estimate

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