Health Psychology Program
Health Psychology Program
Western has several programs aimed at improving the overall health of community. We believe in holistic care; the mind is part of the body! This means that your psychology (moods, behaviors, thoughts) can affect your physical health and your physical health can affect your psychology. For each of these areas, check our Advanced Practitioner Search to identify a practitioner near you who has that specialty.
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 getting rid of that pain. This pain can have a major effect on someone's mood, relationships, thought processes, and productivity. Western has many clinicians who have expertise in dealing with chronic pain. We offer groups that provide information, support, and therapy that can help you Live Well Despite Persistent Pain. Check our group listing for current groups.
Bariatric Evaluations. Western has partnered with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Weight Loss Surgery program in Vancouver, Washington to provide psychological evaluations for potential candidates for gastric bypass surgery. Jennifer Cotton, PsyD and Dawn Whitman, PsyD provide this service at our Vancouver location.
Transgender Evaluations. In addition to the many Western clinicians who are skilled in working with people who are transgendered, Western has practitioners who have identified themselves as competent in providing a Readiness Assessment for medical transitioning.
Chronic disease. Many chronic medical diseases can be affected by targeted, evidence-based mental health interventions. Irritable bowel syndrome, psychogenic seizures, congestive heart failure, asthma, and migraines are examples of diagnoses that can improve with the right intervention.
Biofeedback. Western is on the forefront of the use of biofeedback for addressing mental and physical health conditions. These interventions focus on providing feedback around "heart rate variability," which has been found to relate to mental and physical health.
Integration into Primary Care
Western is pleased to have developed several partnerships with healthcare providers in order to promote positive health outcomes in our community. This includes collaborating with practices by placing a "Behavioral Health Consultant" into the primary care setting. These include Evergreen Pediatrics, Willamette Falls Pediatrics, and Northwest Primary Care. In addition, Western has developed working relationships with several healthcare providers to ensure coordination around referrals and managing care. Our partnerships include The Portland Clinic, Metropolitan Pediatrics, Women's Healthcare Associates, South Tabor Family Physicians, and Family Medical Group NE.