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Brain Health Northwest


‘19 Certificate of Excellence

We view our mission as merging the best that clinical psychology and neuroscience has to offer for addressing our clients’ goals, whether they be: • Improving emotional well-being • Enhancing cognitive performance • Resolving long-standing difficulties • Establishing solid foundations for the future Many traditional “mental” health services are based on notions and interventions from a time in which it was not possible to directly observe and interact with the living human brain. Times have changed! We take advantage of real-time brain imaging techniques, as well as advances in neurotherapy methods, such as neurofeedback, biofeedback, Cranio-Electrical Stimulation, 3D Motion Object Tracking, as well as the best methods in psychological assessment, psychotherapy and behavior therapy, to help define the problem, change the associated brain functioning, and track changes in the symptoms. In addition to helping people with common, as well as frustrating, problems, these same methods can be enormously helpful for improving and optimizing daily life and performance. By targeting their focus, attention, memory, and sensory-motor skills, clients find their work, school, and athletic performance enhanced in a variety of ways. All of the methods we use have been scientifically developed and validated for the intended use. Some of them have become integrated into the training regimen of several professional and collegiate-level sports teams, as well as at Olympic training facilities.

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What do you love most about your job?

There are several things I love about my work! First of all, I get great satisfaction from helping someone conquer a troubling problem, whether it be long-standing depression, disabling anxiety, or gaining control over a problem or behavior that was causing them problems. It's wonderful to be a witness to the growth and change that comes about. Second, I greatly enjoy working with the fantastic team at Brain Health Northwest. Although I very much appreciate their intelligence and warmth, they are also funny, outgoing, and a joy with whom to work. Third, I love bringing the fruits of this amazing field -- clinical neuroscience -- to bear in helping people solve real-life problems. Our ability to harness the power of the brain to, in many ways, heal itself (with a little help!) is, I think, a profound game-changer and has lead us to change our entire perspective from "mental health" to "brain health." The bottom line is that healthy brains produce healthy thoughts, feelings and behavior. When we work to produce healthy brains, those are the outcomes.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Both of the principals at Brain Health Northwest (Richard Packard and Rogene Eichler West) had been working, individually, for many years, without knowing one another. Dr. West was in the academic world as a professor of neuroscience. She had been doing research, publishing, and teaching ways to harness the brain to solve problems, but wanted to work more directly with people in a clinic. However, she had been primarily a research scientist and not a clinician. Dr. Packard has been a clinical psychologist for 30+ years. While using conventional evaluation and treatment methods, he had also been learning about the advances in clinical neuroscience and believed they could be enormously beneficial, as well as be able to address problems in ways conventional methods could not. However, he is primarily a clinician and not a research scientist. While both had lived and worked in the Seattle area for many years, they did not know one another. They met in a chance encounter at a conference in Ohio, spent much of the next six days talking and picking each other's brain and discovered that, in addition to really liking each other, we could also help the other learn new knowledge and skills. After about a year of excited discussions (some of which gravitated to our other passions of technology, music, dogs, and living in the Northwest), we decided to formally join our interests and form Brain Health Northwest. We spent much of the first two years developing and revising our methods and model and are now offering our products to the broader world.

Why should our clients choose you?

When someone chooses us, they get not just one clinician, but an entire team! While we each have a common core set of knowledge and skills, we also have our unique skills and background. Dr. Packard has over four decades of experience in a variety of settings, working with a wide variety of problem areas. He has won awards and recognition from his colleagues for both his scientific expertise and clinical skills. Dr. West is a brilliant scientist and a "Renaissance Woman" with wide-ranging interests in neuroscience, software engineering, music, and other fields, too. She brings a penetrating, ordered mind to understanding the nuances of what it takes to promote a health brain. Ms. Moergeli is a warm, compassionate therapist with a sound foundation in neuroscience. Her own life includes a wide-ranging experience base that has taken her to many places and an understanding of what makes for a happy, fulfilling life. After spending 20+ years in the technology business and working for companies "everyone would recognize", Mr. Imber decided to return to his original passion of clinical and physiological psychology. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, emphasizing physiological psychology and neuroscience. He is already quite accomplished with biofeedback and other clinical skills and is particularly interested in how to achieve peak performance and maximize our potential. Marlaina Anderson is a licensed mental health counselor with a wonderful set of skills working with children, adolescents and adults. She is a warm and engaging therapist who integrates an excellent set of skills in problem-solving, evidence-based therapies with clinical neuroscience.

We view our mission as bringing everything we have to bear in helping our clients achieve their goals!

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

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Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.

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