More About Us.


Brian Barkett, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Founder and Managing Member

Dr. Brian Barkett believes that the great mental health challenge of our time is our adaptation to this great technological revolution blowing the winds of change at gale force. This is a new world. The internet is speeding up near everything. People are struggling to keep pace with work and family demands, economic insecurity, and information overload. Our cognitive and emotional resources are under constant pull. Increasing numbers of people are facing overwhelm and/or burnout. We are here to provide shelter from the storm.

Dr. Barkett is a board member for Mental Health & Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties.

He is an Ohio Psychological Association member.

Dr. Barkett is a licensee of the Global Consulting Partnership.



James J. Deutschle, Jr., Ph.D.

 Licensed Professional Mental Health  Counselor and  Clinical  Hypnotist

Dr. James Deutschle (he likes being called Jim) completed his graduate studies at The Ohio State University. He trained with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Jim has been helping people for over 40 years and still loves working with children, adolescents, and adults with his creative fusion of cognitive therapy, hypnosis and EMDR. He is adept helping people with chronic anxiety; despair; chronic pain; inattention; inappropriate impulsivity; and misused anger. Jim works hard to help people struggling with addictions to calm their emotional storms. And yes, Jim is also good helping folks get unstuck from those pesky common difficulties that can just ruin any good time.


Maria Johnson, LISW

Licensed Independent Social Worker

Maria Johnson, LISW has spent the past several years as the grief coordinator for Hospice of Central Ohio. Maria's deep sense of compassion fuels her commitment to life long learning and a striving to constantly improve her abilities to help in the best way possible. Maria is smart. She is highly skilled. Better yet, Maria is easily approachable and wonderfully down to earth. Skilled in EMDR, she came to us intrigued with our use of eeg biofeedback, especially NeurOptimal, as the next frontier in emotional healing and cognitive / emotional optimization.  We are better with her here.


Maureen Barkett

Maureen Barkett (she likes being called Reen) spent her working career up to now as an accountant and CPA, having worked for Big Six public accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies. Reen, through the pleasant pleadings of her husband, Dr. Barkett, has left the corporate world to join Better Minds Group. We now have her accounting expertise,  business skills, and good company to make the operations side of our enterprise run more smoothly.


Ben Barkett

Ben Barkett is our webpage designer and technical go-to guy. Freshly matriculated into Lake Forest College, just North of Chicago, Ben's computer skills and design talents have proven indispensable to keeping us running in the Age of the Internet. What he once did in person he will now do remotely. We greatly appreciate his efforts.