Jeff was born and raised in Evanston, WY. In 1996 he served a mission for his church in Chicago, IL. He married his beautiful wife, Casherie, in 2004 and is the proud father of 4 children. He and his wife met while working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Both of them are social workers at heart.
Jeff is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified in neurofeedback through BCIA. He has received one-on-one training with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., a world-renowned trauma expert. Jeff presents on topics of Effective Trauma Treatment for Children and Connecting With Your Teen at state and national Conferences.
In 2009, Jeff started his private practice in mental health counseling, meeting with clients in the evenings and weekends, after putting a full day’s work at his day job. In September 2015, Jeff decided to take his private practice full-time. Within 11 months, Jeff and his wife grew their practice to include four other therapists.
At the time of my parent’s divorce, I was living in Provo, UT, studying television/radio broadcasting. I wanted to be the next Walter Cronkite. Even though I loved being on television and the radio, I wasn’t deeply passionate about it. My parents’ divorce put me in a place of deep contemplation of how can I make a difference in the world?
That is when I decided to change my major to Child and Family Studies and pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. In 2004, I married my sweetheart Casherie, who I met working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, and I also graduated with my Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Ogden, UT.
After 8 months of marriage, my wife and I became group home parents of 10 teenage girls with Utah Youth Village. I’m not so sure I would recommend anyone taking on 10 teen girls with behavior problems after 8 months of being married!
We survived and for the most part we were pretty good parents to those girls as they sought treatment. Oh, did I mention that was also doing a full-time internship at the same time and graduated with my Master’s in Social Work from University of Utah in 2008? After a couple of years of being group home parents, we decided to get a place of our own, but we still wanted to help children struggling with their behavior and emotions, so we decided to become foster parents.
Some people think that foster parents get to have cute little babies in their home. Our experience was far from that. Since we had the reputation of working with tough kids…well, those are the type of kids we got. We worked with the kids that should have been placed in group homes, but DCFS wanted them in a home setting instead.
While being foster parents, I received promotions in my day job with Utah Youth Village. I transitioned from Intake Coordinator to Foster Care Supervisor to Group Home Supervisor to Residential Director and then Clinical/Day Treatment Director. I loved my job at Utah Youth Village, but I always had a small itch in the back of my mind to start my own practice.
Nationally Certified in Neurofeedback Since 2009
In 2009, I took the small plunge and started my private therapy practice meeting with clients in the evenings and weekends, still maintaining my day job. My private practice grew and grew. Some days I worked from 7 am to 9 pm (not a good way to raise young children and be a supportive husband).
I studied neurofeedback during the same time. My wife had severe post-partum depression, and we were exploring alternative ways to decrease her depression. This is when I discovered the awesome power of neurofeedback. I was one of the first providers to become board-certified in neurofeedback in Utah and am among the most experienced in Utah at using neurofeedback to help children and adults train their brains to work better.
In 2011, I left my day job, and my wife and I started a group therapy practice with a focus of helping children with trauma. Every turn is a new adventure. As one of only a few nationally certified neurofeedback providers in the state, I’m plowing the path for people to heal from trauma and behavioral/emotional problems in a natural, permanent way. As a father of 4 children (2 of whom we adopted), a husband to a kind and wonderful woman, and owner of a group practice with amazing and very skilled therapists, I am living my lifelong passion.
Current Work and Projects
During 2016-2018, I was being directed to work more with adults, specifically military adults and family members who sacrifice their time, skills, and lives to protect our freedom. I started the process to commission with the US Air Force…3 times. Each time, the application process was interrupted by something signficant that kept me in Utah. In February 2019, I was given the opportunity to help militiary members without being an active duty member. I found a leader to continue our group practice in Utah and moved my family across the world to help military members in Germany.
I worked with the Air Force and Army Family Advocacy program in Germany for about 3 years. In 2021, we moved back to the states and I currently work with the US Navy at Headquarters in Washington DC, supporting military men/women and their families against the indecency of intimate partner violence and child abuse. What an adventure it has been 🙂. I love continuing the same work I did in Utah with military members and their families abroad and state-side. I continue to consult with my team members in Utah and I am quite active in the business of running the private practice in Utah and Maryland. I am grateful for the loving support my wife provides in our crazy adventures and for the support our amazing team provides so I can step one foot in Utah and the other in Maryland to help our communities.
If you or someone you love has experienced trauma or could benefit from neurotherapy (brain-based healing), I hope you’ll give me a call at 801-855-7999.
What Others Say About Jeff
“Jeff is an experienced therapist who is able to help even the ‘toughest’ teenage and young adult clients. He is skilled with working with juveniles who have sexually problematic behaviors (NOJOS) and has specialized training in treating trauma. He has helped clients who have been very difficult and assumed to never be able to be adopted or have positive relationships be able to be adopted and form healthy and loving relationships with parents.
“He uses a brain-based approach to understand what each child or teenager needs. He has helped many young adults and teenagers make critical life changes that have led them to be successful adults. He has also been helpful with marriages and individual adults finding peace and happiness among the chaos of anxiety and mood problems.” ~ Casherie Bright
Jeffrey and Casherie Bright founded the group therapy practice Bright Counseling in 2010. Jeff is a leader in the innovative, effective use of neurotherapy for brain-based healing. He is skilled at helping teenagers and adults who have experienced trauma and emotional or mood problems. His practice is based in the State of Utah and Maryland, and serves many clients in Davis and Weber County including in Layton, Clearfield, Syracuse, West Point, Roy, Ogden, South Ogden, Riverdale, Kaysville, and Clinton. Contact Jeff at 801-855-7999 or firstname.lastname@example.org .