Dr. Yianoula Alexakis
Dr. Yianoula Alexakis is the director of neuropsychological services at Caron Florida. As a clinical neuropsychologist, her primary role is to provide leadership to the team of full-time psychologists and consultants in providing comprehensive assessment services to assist with diagnostic clarification and treatment planning.
While her theoretical orientation was originally grounded in life span development and cognitive behavioral therapy, her approach focuses on integrating different therapeutic approaches such as psychodynamic, internal family systems, mindfulness, exposure response prevention, trauma-informed care, and neurorestorative brain training so as to address the individualized needs of each patient in their journey towards recovery and wellness of mind, body, and spirit for life.
Since beginning her tenure in 2015, Dr. Alexakis has instituted a full range of assessment services, including intellectual, psychoeducational, career, psychological, and neuropsychological testing. She also collaborated with Caron colleagues to create an integrative screening assessment process that combines neurofeedback brain mapping and measures of cognitive function and personality that can be used for initial diagnostic purposes and intervention planning as well as for monitoring progress during treatment. “The collaborative spirit at Caron makes it possible for the entire treatment team to work together to provide effective, innovative evidence-based interventions,” she notes.
Bringing more than four decades of experience as a clinical neuropsychologist to Caron has been very satisfying for Dr. Alexakis. She previously served as director of psychology at Fair Oaks Hospital in Boca/Delray, Florida, and as director of psychology at SandyPines Hospital in Tequesta, Florida. She was in private practice for more than 25 years, specializing in the neuropsychological assessment of children, teens, and adults. She was the first neuropsychologist to work in Grand Cayman and helped develop one of the first learning centers within a private school setting. She maintained her consulting and testing practice there for 10 years.
She has also consulted with various schools and organizations throughout Florida as well as internationally in the United Kingdom, Grand Cayman, and Greece. She has lectured on topics such as neuropsychological assessment, learning disorders, ADHD, anxiety/OCD, suicide prevention, and autism spectrum.