Brain Imaging Enhances Patient Outcomes

Brain Imaging Enhances Patient Outcomes

Joel Elston is a Master Life Coach with a private practice in Richmond, VA. Joel is Certified in Hypnotherapy, E.F.T, NLP, Addiction Recovery Coaching, Holistic Nutritional Coaching, Certified Compulsive Gambling Counseling, as well as a graduate of our Brain Health Coaching Certification Course. Joel has been the Director of two residential treatment programs. Joel is the author of “The Bench”, available on Amazon, as well as his new book “The Law of Action” with an anticipated release date of September of 2020.

“When I began my private practice, my focus was on working with addiction clients, particularly, treatment-resistant clients. Many of my presenting clients seemed to have very similar traits, adolescent/young adult, clear signs of ADD/ADHD and significant use of Marijuana/THC products. Many were former athletes and high performers in high school but had lost direction in college. Most had failed out and were metaphorically ‘living in the parent’s basement,’ despite traditional counseling and treatment.”

“I developed a form of cognitive behavior coaching, combined with a solution-focused coaching approach that seemed to work magic. While attempting to build a report, I find areas of interest. I determine what the client’s perceived biggest problem is (relevant or not) and begin creating an action plan based on the client’s input. Once the client feels he/she has been heard, they buy into the program. I’ve had clients who claimed they would NEVER quit smoking pot at first, eventually argue why they should quit, because they realize it is not congruent with the action plan for their life that they created.”

“I became fascinated with Dr. Amen’s methods and admired his willingness to think beyond traditional norms and look at the brain differently. I jumped at the chance to become certified as a brain health coach. I have referred many clients to Dr. Amen’s Clinic in Reston, VA, with great results. The comprehensive psychological provided for each client is impressive and worth the cost alone. The SPECT scans have offered many benefits to the way my clients were medicated and/or supplemented. The unexpected benefit most of my client’s report is that they can see with their own eyes the area of the brain that is not functioning, as well as remedies for their specific brain. This offers hope for what many felt was a hopeless condition, which in turn increases the client’s commitment and effort on the action plan.”  

“Amen Clinics physicians acknowledges the importance of nutrition, gut health, exercise, and meditation for my clients, which is often overlooked or dismissed by many mainstream psychiatrists.  Amen Clinics is a valued partner for my coaching practice. My future goal is to have each of my clients have SPECT Scans.”

To learn more about our Brain Health Coaching Certification Course visit our course website or contact our course manager at 949-266-3791 or at

Joel Elston

Life, Health and Addiction Recovery Coaching


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