Dr. RICHARD (RICK) ALFORD, Psychologist
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.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, First Responder Issues, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Jealousy, Men's Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy
IL Psychologist 071.004637
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Doctor Alford is very intelligent and he’s on your team. Helped me realize a lot. Highly recommend. Will be coming back
Written on Mar 27, 2023 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and adhd
Dr. Alford is kind, compassionate, and caring. He has made the sessions impactful and substantive with positive results.
Written on Mar 09, 2023 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger management
Dr. Alford is a great therapist. I noticed a significant change in myself after going through therapy with him. He always is there to listen and will offer advice to situations you may have. He has a lot of experience in the field. Would recommend to anyone
Written on Feb 17, 2023 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem
I was skeptical but open and I’m so glad we connected. I thought since I’m a black man he might not be able to help me but that is the furthest thing from the truth! Dr. Rick is amazing at what he does. Super beneficial.
Written on Feb 14, 2023 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
Incredible therapist. Always concerned, always listens, always sincere. Timely, approachable, genuine. Thoroughly enjoy talking with him each week and feeling heard.
Written on Dec 28, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
He's an amazing guy, very knowledgable.
Written on Dec 20, 2022 after therapy with RICHARD (RICK) for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd