Dr. RICHARD (RICK) ALFORD

PhD

About Me

My training, life, and clinical experiences have taught me that we are complex and dynamic/changing beings with unique abilities to re-organize and change. This process that is engineered in each of us is referred to as "neuro-plasticity." My aim in clinical psychotherapy is that we listen and partner in this process in how to best harness and use these abilities for ongoing understanding of how to make best use of these abilities.
As for my formal education, I graduate from Loyola University Of Chicago, (a formal scientist-practitioner model) with a PhD in Psychology, completed a clinical internship at Hines V.A. with rotations in neuropsychology, spinal cord injury, pain management, and general out patient psychological services. I then completed post-doctoral studies in neuropsychology followed by extensive training in various neuro-therapy applications including Neurofeedback, various kinds of stimulation therapies and techniques for improved functioning. I have found it both challenging and rewarding to creatively adapt techniques for use in tele-therapy models, coupled with cognitive and emotional based approaches. I have vast experience from working in hospital settings, large psychiatric/psychology practices, and consultative services with businesses, and emergency response.
If you would like to work with me, I would very much look forward to meeting you, understanding the problem(s) and begin a process of change. I work with adults throughout the lifespan and some older teens who are willing to engage in therapy.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , First Responder Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy

Years of Experience: 40

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

PhD #071-004637 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. RICHARD (RICK) ALFORD. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by D.A. on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

He is always there to Listen

Written by S.K. on May 15, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Alford has a very kind, non judgemental demeanor that makes me comfortable sharing anything personal with him

Written by J.A. on May 09, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

Grey therapist. He is really helping.

Written by J.A. on May 09, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 1 month on issues concerning self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Great person and very caring personality. Love Dr. Alford

Written by T.I. on Apr 14, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 3 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Alford is very easy to talk to and to understand. I appreciate him letting me reach answers rather than telling me how I feel / think which is what previous therapists did.

Written by K.R. on Mar 15, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and grief

He is wonderful

Written by R.O. on Mar 14, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Has been really helpful, I've made huge strides towards my goals after only a few sessions.

Knowledgeable and kind, 10/10

Written by T.Y. on Mar 07, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Alford is amazing. Very patient and professional. I am glad I was matched with him to challenge me and help me with my personal goals. Gives me direction to practice activities outside of our session that help build towards the goals I want to achieve with getting counseling.

Written by J.I. on Feb 25, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Dr Alford is Awesome and very easy to talk to.

Written by C.H. on Feb 08, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. Alford is a wonderful ear to have when sharing a session with him. Besides him being an excellent listener... I've been graced with insightful words during our time together that have allowed me to expand upon myself. Dr.Alford is nothing but a professional and his experience shows. I would highly recommend him to many.

Written by E.V. on Jan 31, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dr Alford is very kind and has a lot of experience.

Written by N.I. on Jan 11, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Dr. Alford is a careful listener and a gentle yet intentional therapist. He has helped me considerably to hold space for my trauma and allow me to express my feelings and embrace them as a part of my experience.

Work with me!