Practice Description

Hello. My name is Jeff Wells and I am in private practice in Grinnell offering mental health and substance abuse services. I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in the state of Iowa. I have been providing mental health and substance abuse services since 1990 and have been an independent licensed practitioner since 2001. The majority of my work has been with individual adults addressing relationship problems, addiction, depression, anxiety, phase of life issues and adjustment difficulties related to loss and other life transitions. My therapeutic approach is collaborative and is informed by Client Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Mindfulness Based modalities.

The substance use services I provide include substance use assessments and outpatient substance abuse counseling. The initial assessment includes a ninety minute interview during which I evaluate the individual’s current mental status, gather psycho-social and detailed substance use histories, administer standardized substance use assessment tools as needed, provide psycho-education and suggest a treatment plan based on my assessment. Outpatient substance abuse counseling includes weekly or bi-weekly individual sessions with an emphasis on engaging the individual in treatment and tailoring the treatment to match their needs. Along with the theoretical influences noted above I utilize Motivational Interviewing and Systems perspectives when delivering substance abuse services. Recognizing that recovery from substance use problems takes a great deal of support I recommend family involvement in treatment when possible. Also, I encourage client participation in recovery programs that are congruent with their values and beliefs. These include peer support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and self-recovery programs including Rational Recovery. 

Direct referrals can be made to my office at (641) 236-4680. Individuals can be self referred, referred by other health care providers, school or employment agencies, etc. I accept most major health insurance along with out of pocket payments. Feel free to call for more information about the services I provide as well as my fee structure. Thank you for your time and consideration.