Valerie Wells, CADC

General Hide

As a Certified Alcohol + Drug Counselor (CADC), Valerie works with clients (immediate/extended family members and others) who are in relationships with someone who struggles with substance use/abuse/dependency.  She works with clients from a strengths-based perspective.  Clients create individual plans to facilitate healthy relationships with the addict in their lives.  Clients also develop their own plan for self-care.  Valerie assists clients to focus on co-dependent/enabling behaviors.  Ultimately, changing their behaviors improves their quality of life.

Experience Hide

Valerie's practical background includes 14 years experience working with families of addicts.  Her experience includes co-facilitating groups at Bridgeway Behavioral Health--Outpatient and After Care and Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA).  She has experience working with a variety of populations as well as different recovery treatment approaches.

Education and Certifications Hide

B.S.Ed - Bachelor of Science in Education

Associates in Applied Sciences

Certificate of Proficiency in Addiction Studies

Additional trainings include Stages of Change, Group Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, and a variety of workshops pertaining to addiction issues.

Valerie is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Missouri.

Approach to Therapy Hide


Valerie uses a holistic approach to therapy.  She offers a variety of strategies, some of which include:  Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Stages of Change approaches.


Valerie incorporates a positive holistic perspective with clients in addressing problems, developing solutions, and implementing those solutions in their daily lives.

Payment Hide

Valerie strives to make her services affordable.  She accepts private pay where the fee is determined using a sliding scale based on income.  She accepts cash, checks, credit cards, and flex-spending cards, which allows affordability for her services. Paperwork is available upon request for reimbursement of services.

Availability Hide

Valerie is available by appointment for evening appointments and weekends when necessary.

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