Richard Walla, M.A., LPC, NCC

Richard Walla, M.A., LPC, NCC

Professions: Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 68126
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 14502
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1380 Pantheon Way Suite 150
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas 78232
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I am an in-network provider for:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Fees: $125.00 per session, where each session may last between an hour or an hour and a half.

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My Philosophy & approach is based the influence of sub-conscious memories and beliefs that continue to create thought, emotional and behavioral problems that the individual is not aware of happening. The purpose of my psychotherapy is analyzing your "thought behaviors", and is primarily based "Cognitive Behavior Theory" and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. It is based on the theory that your thoughts and perceptions about who you are or "should be" are mistaken; and those flawed thought patterns are causing your emotional conflicts. My focus is on identity formation and developmental problems that are connected to your anxieties and fears that appear most often when you interact with other people - family, friends, parents, relatives, career relationships, etc. What you will learn, and my is approach is based on, is the principle that your stress is based on those unconscious memories. You will benefit from the help of a psychotherapist analyze and identify which of those faulty core beliefs are hidden in memory. In your case, it helps to have someone who knows what they're looking for as far psychological mistakes. How you perceive yourself, and how you describe your symptoms and patterns is where psychotherapy begins. Your dysfunctional thinking is a "Disorder", not an "Illness", unless your problem is a medical one. Once we reorganize your mistaken and irrational thought patterns, you will progressively get better on your own. There are only so many conditions in the psychology literature and texts, and yours is probably not unique or new; so there are answers and solutions. It takes some longer for some than others to recover from their past traumas, and depending how repressed or denied those problems are at the moment will determine the outcome. The first stage is analysis, the second is the therapy stage, where you learn Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, or Interpersonal Relationships. My area is Anxiety and Mood Disorders, and Personality Disorders. I do have experience with helping Introverted Types (I am one, too) who may feel shy, who do not prefer socializing, and have a preference for work that is individual rather than in groups or noisy/busy environments.

Email or Call Richard Walla, M.A., LPC, NCC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14502

More Info About My Practice

My practice has developed around my experiences with grief & loss treatment; sadness, anger, denial, negotiating and acceptance issues; mood disorders such as depression, bipolar, PTSD, and substance abuse disorders; all related to treatment of flawed thinking and behaviors. "Co-dependency" is another critical issue that relates closely to relationship issues that I treat. For me, these problems are symptoms of your problem, not the problem itself; and they indicate where the real problem is hidden. My practice focuses on helping you explore your current frustrations; since you are probably using useless, unproductive coping skills to deal with the symptoms, and not developing skills that address your real problem. I am interested in identifying and resolving your problems, not treating or teaching you how to manage your symptoms.

There is much you can learn and understand; and grief & loss recovery skills are fundamental to recovery; and frustrations and pain are based on loss. Everyone seeking psychotherapy is suffering at some level of emotional distress and misery. They often find relief through successful treatment through the psychotherapy methods I and many other counselors employ.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy can help because it seeks the core issues buried in the person's mind that can only be identified by the behaviors that are observable, and through the words they choose to use to describe their problems to the psychotherapist. It presumes that there is nothing "wrong" with you as a human, and that there is something wrong with the way and how you think, and have been forced to cope with in your early environment that you were not able to deal with emotionally at the age it occurred. The brain itself is very "plastic" and capable of developing new neurons through learning. I fact, I view my clients as more like Students than Patients, and so there is a lot of interaction between us as you learn and progress in sessions.

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Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Criticism
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Control Mastery Theory
  • Core Process Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integral Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self Acceptance Training
  • Self Psychology
  • Self Relations
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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