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McKenzie Carpenter Marriage and Family Therapist in Iowa

McKenzie Carpenter

Marriage and Family Therapist

McKenzie Carpenter, MA, LMFT

Grinnell Iowa Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

My approach to therapy is tailored to fit your needs. I utilize a variety of techniques and theories to provide you with the best possible care in a comforting environment. I pride myself in my genuine approach to nonjudgmental listening and working with clients to discover new possibilities for growth.

I provide counseling to individuals, children, families, and couples by assisting them in recognizing their potential strengths and resilient ability to overcome life’s challenges. I strive to provide competent, compassionate, and client-centered counseling that supports individuals in processing past issues and managing daily struggles by empowering them to make positive choices in the future.

I also utilize a systems perspective that allows me to integrate how your system and outside influences effect you and how to manage them properly. Whether that be using more effective communication skills or by including others in your session in order to find some resolution.

Your story, your pain, and your struggles are unique to you. I will spend our time finding what works for you in rebuilding, remodeling, or changing your current situation into what you really want. When you are facing a difficulty or challenge your view of the issue is limited by your perception. In therapy we can expand that perspective together to gain insight so you can view the problem with a broader view that allows you to see solutions and ideas on what to do next.


  • ACA / “Obamacare” (Most Panels)
  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Beacon Health Strategies
  • Coventry Health Care of Iowa
  • Harken Health
  • HealthLink
  • HealthSmart / lnterplan Health Group (IHG)
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Iowa Hawkeye (children)
  • Iowa Medicaid
  • LifeSynch (a Humana Company)
  • Magellan
  • Midlands Choice
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Optum
  • Next Level Health Insurance
  • PsycHealth
  • Tricare
  • Unicare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • ValueOptions
  • Wellcare
  • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

PROVIDES SERVICES FOR: Children (4 yrs up) ~ Teens ~ Adults ~ Couples ~ Families ~ LGBTQ
SPECIALTIES: Addiction ~ ADD/ADHD ~ Adjustment Disorders ~ Anger Management ~ Anxiety ~ Child Welfare ~ Depression ~ Divorce ~ Eating Disorders ~ First Responders ~ Grief and Loss ~ Learning Disabilities ~ Obsessive Compulsive ~ Phobias ~ Postpartum ~ Pregnancy ~ Premarital & Marital Counseling ~ PTSD ~ Relationship Issues ~ Self-Harming ~ Severe Mental Illnesses (e.g. Bipolar) ~ Sex Offenders ~Spirituality ~ Stress Management ~ Suicidal / Homicidal Thoughts ~ Trauma and Abuse ~ Weight Loss ~ Work Life Stress / Transitions
METHODS: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) ~ Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) ~ Play Therapy ~ Brief Therapy ~ Gottman Method ~ Mindfulness ~ Psychodynamic Therapy ~ Existential ~ Person-Centered ~ Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) ~ Strength Based ~ Exposure Therapy