About Chad

With over 15 years as a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Chad Alcorn has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults in DuPage County. Based on his narrative as a boy growing up in Glen Ellyn, he understands all that is good and bad about this town. He is a graduate of Glenbard West and attended Butler University on a football scholarship. Upon graduation, he pursued pharmaceutical advertising and worked five years with Medical Economics/Thompson Publishing. With some discernment, he changed careers and attended Adler University in Chicago where he received a Masters (1999) and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2001). His internship was at the DuPage County Health Department where he practiced in in-home-family therapy. His postdoctoral work and early years as a psychologist were at the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center where he was Director of Adolescent Services. During that time, he received a grant from the DuPage Community Foundation and published The Broken Superhero: Understanding Pride and Regulating Anger.  In 2006, he opened Alcorn and Allison Clinical Associates with his good friend and colleague, Seth Allison, LCPC, with whom he discusses theory and music. Chad is trained in EMDR Level 1 and 2. At the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy he received a certificate in Self Psychology.  He resides in Glen Ellyn, with his wife Rachel, and three children—Charlotte, Mira, and Soren. For better or worse, he has accepted suburban life including basketball at Healthtrack and golf at the Links with friends. He reads and plays harmonica. He likes dad- rock bands like Wilco.

Chad’s Approach to Therapy

“Home is where we start from” can be a metaphor for psychological treatment. As I return to my hometown, I find it honorable to be a part of the creative space between therapist and client, working with developmental stages as I recall my own. As we grow older the world becomes stranger, the patterns more complicated. The holding environment is rather complex but what is transformative is not verbal interpretation or redirection but the experience of the therapist and client explicitly sharing within a new relationship. This is the implicit or relationship part of the exchange between client and therapist. The explicit process involves more direct interventions to help children/adolescents understand and manage symptoms, but the success or transformative part is always dependent on time and the relationship which fills a gap and strengthens the self.

I work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, and struggles with executive functioning. With symptom presentation, I’m interested in mindfulness treatments, especially Acceptance Commitment Therapy. I’m trained in Individual (Adlerian) Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With trauma and compulsive patterns, we might consider EMDR as a treatment option. For clients looking to engage in deeper work, I tend to move towards more psychoanalytic/self psychological treatment which would involve looking at parts of the personality. For instance, problems with personality structure might manifest as anger, withdraw, social or performance anxiety, and compulsive patterns.

At times psychological assessment is a part of diagnostic clarification—especially with children and adolescents, but it remains a separate tool in the understanding of the uniqueness of the individual.

In the end, I believe that hope is the goal of lived experience and serves as an anchor for the soul.

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