Fox Valley Institute is pleased to welcome Rick Alford, Ph.D., BCN.

Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Alford

Dr. Alford brings over 35 years of experience and has an extensive background in providing neuropsychological evaluations, as well as implementing innovative and effective neurotherapies such as neurofeedback and non-invasive neuro-stimulation techniques.

Rick Alford, PhD, BCN. Clinical Neuropsychologist“Our brains are engineered to be in a process of continual change and adaptation,” said Alford, head Neuropsychologist at Fox Valley Institute. “My aim as a neuropsychologist is to functionally diagnose the underlying problem to help understand what sorts of methods may be best for treatment. Using the advanced technology of neurofeedback and neuro-stimulation with traditional talk therapy provides more powerful and targeted treatment plans for clients,” explained Alford.

With regards to formal education and experience, Dr. Alford graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with his Ph.D. in Psychology, completed a clinical internship at Hines V.A. Hospital in Maywood, with rotations in neuropsychology, spinal cord injury, pain management, and outpatient psychological services. He has post-doctoral training, certifications, and experience in neuropsychology, neurofeedback, and various neurotherapies, as well as cognitive therapy methods. His experience runs from working in large psychiatric hospitals, to busy psychiatric and mental health group practices, as well as numerous consulting and training of other professionals. Visit Dr. Rick Alford’s, Biography Page.

When asked why he decided to join Fox Valley Institute, Alford replied “One word, innovation.”

Fox Valley Institute was the first to bring virtual reality exposure therapy to Illinois, as well as among the first to offer innovative counseling services such as telehealth, brainspotting, and rapid resolution therapy.

With over twenty-five years of experience in the realm of family and marital therapy, Dr. Laura Bokar, Fox Valley Institute’s CEO, recognized early on the benefits of using innovative tools and resources in mental health. “Looking at where we were as a practice in 2001 and the technological advancements that were available compared to today is exhilarating. Incorporating brain science into our approaches with clients gives us the ability to provide greater depth, range, and value to their growth and development.  We are thrilled to be expanding our psychological services to include neuropsychology and welcome Dr. Rick Alford, who brings a wealth of knowledge, insight, and passion to Fox Valley Institute.” said Bokar.

Dr. Rick Alford explains that neuropsychological assessments are a specialized form of psychological testing that provides more information on how certain neurological conditions affect mental health and functioning of the nervous system.

These assessments are more comprehensive, offering insight into overall cognitive processes. They can also evaluate underlying neurological or neurodevelopmental disorders and allow for a more complete treatment plan.  Children and adults with unresolved trauma, difficulties with various forms of anxiety, and depression/mood regulation problems, dyslexia, attention regulation difficulties, individuals who have encountered some form of head trauma, concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) would benefit from utilizing these powerful methods.

Dr. Christine McGrath, Chief Psychologist at Fox Valley Institute believes incorporating these neuropsychological assessments and therapies allows Fox Valley Institute to continue to provide clients with cutting-edge opportunities for physiological healing in addition to emotional, cognitive, and spiritual healing.

Dr. Alford sees both children and adults experiencing the following:

  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual)
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Addictions (alcohol, drug, food, gambling, pornography)
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Pain/Illness
  • Depression
  • Dyslexia
  • Geriatric Wellness
  • Grief & Loss
  • Health Wellness
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Panic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • School Problems
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Social Skills Deficits
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma / Physical Trauma (head trauma, concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI))

Additional assessments available:

Assessing fitness of personnel to perform specialized duties for companies, utilities, law enforcement agencies, municipalities, schools, and residential facilities.

What Everyone Ought to Know About Neuropsychology

Neuropsychological assessments are a specialized form of psychological testing that provides more information on how certain neurological conditions affect mental health and functioning of the nervous system. These assessments are more comprehensive, offering insight into overall cognitive processes. They can also evaluate underlying neurological or neurodevelopmental disorders and allow for a more complete treatment plan. Children and adults with unresolved trauma, difficulties with various forms of anxiety, and depression/mood regulation problems, dyslexia, attention regulation difficulties, individuals who have encountered some form of head trauma, concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) would benefit from utilizing these powerful methods.

About Fox Valley Institute

Fox Valley Institute offers individual counseling, children counseling, adolescent counseling, couples counseling, marriage counseling, and family counseling services, as well as psychological assessment, neurological evaluation, life coaching, RRT, the LifeLine Technique, and Christian counseling. For more information about Fox Valley Institute, please visit Fox Valley Institute. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Rick Alford!