Health Psychology Program
Health Psychology Program
Western has several programs aimed at improving the overall health of the community. We believe in holistic care: the mind is part of the body!
That means that your psychology (emotions, behaviors, thoughts) can affect your physical health and your physical health can affect your psychology.
A focus of Health Psychology is to target the juncture between physical and emotional illness. The goal is to improve health and well-being by applying what we know about psychology and the human brain.
Services within the Health Psychology program include
Persistent (Chronic) Pain. Sometimes people experience pain that persists past the "acute" phase and becomes "chronic". Sometimes there does not appear to be a medical solution to get rid of the pain. This pain can have a major effect on someone's mood, relationships, thoughts, and productivity.
Western has many clinicians who have expertise in dealing with chronic or persistent pain. We offer groups that provide information, support, and therapy. Click here for a link to our list of current groups. We also have many other services that address pain. For more information about our Pain Program, click here.
Bariatric Evaluations. Western has partnered with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's Weight Loss Surgery Program in Vancouver, Washington to provide psychological evaluations for potential candidates for gastric bypass surgery.
Transgender Evaluations. In addition to the many Western clinicians who are skilled in working with people who are transgender, Western has practitioners who are competent in providing a Readiness Assessment for medical transitioning.
Chronic disease. Many chronic diseases can be helped by targeted, evidence-based mental health interventions. Irritable bowel syndrome, psychogenic seizures, congestive heart failure, asthma, and migraines are examples of medical conditions that can improve with the right psychological intervention.
Biofeedback. Western is on the forefront of the use of biofeedback for addressing mental and physical health conditions. Biofeedback uses instruments that provide biological information that the person can use to gain more control of the body's responses. Western has focused on "heart rate variability" through the HeartMath system.
For each of these areas, check our Advanced Practitioner Search to identify a practitioner near you who has that specialty.
Integration into Primary Care
Western is pleased to have developed several partnerships with healthcare providers to promote positive health outcomes in our community.
Our integrated services are based on the Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultation model. This means services are provided within the primary care clinic by Behavioral Health Consultants, licensed providers who have special expertise in health psychology. These services focus on the social and psychological affects on physical health or other life problems. Interventions are practical, wellness-focused, and evidence-based.
Western has Behavioral Health Consultants at several locations including
- Evergreen Pediatric Clinic
- Family Medical Group NE
- Northwest Primary Care
- South Tabor Family Physicians
- Willamette Falls Pediatric Group
In addition, Western has developed strong relationships with several healthcare providers to ensure coordination around referrals and collaboration of care. Our partnerships include The Portland Clinic, Metropolitan Pediatrics and Vancouver Clinic.
Virtual Visits and Patient Portal
Virtual visits occur over the internet in the comfort and safety of your own home. You can access the program with a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Western utilizes a HIPAA-compliant, secure application to conduct sessions over the internet. Click here for more information on how to do a virtual visit.
To connect to a visit, find your clinician in our Staff Directory and click on the button for Virtual Visit. This will place you in the waiting room for your clinician.
We should note that many health plans have approved the use of a phone during this public health emergency, as well.This is an option if it is not possible to make a video connection.
To connect to the new Advanced MD Patient Portal, click the following link: AMD Patient Portal Login