Richard Walla M.A., LPC, NCC, Counseling in San Antonio, Texas, 78232

Richard Walla


Richard Walla


Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 68126
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Fees: $100.00 per session, where each session may last between an hour or an hour and a half.
Evening Availability


1380 Pantheon Way Suite 150
San Antonio, Texas 78232

My Approach to Helping

My Philosophy & approach is based analyzing the influence of non-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", "Attachment Theory", and "Dialectical Behavior Therapy".

It is based on the theory that your thoughts and perceptions about who you are, or who you believe "should be", are based on unresolved trauma of some sort; and those flawed thought patterns are causing your emotional conflicts in your relationships and your relationship with your identity and Self. My focus is on identity formation and developmental problems that can be creating your anxieties and fears that appear most often when you interact with other people - family, friends, parents, relatives, career relationships, etc.

What you will be taught, and my is approach is based on, is the principle that your current stresses are based on those repressed, and currently unconscious, traumas that are hidden by your symptoms. You will benefit from the help of a psychotherapist like me to analyze and identify which of those faulty core beliefs are hidden in repressed memories. In your case, it helps to have someone who knows what they're looking for as far psychological patterns that reveal the mistakes you have concluded about yourself: How you perceive yourself, and how you describe your symptoms. This 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. Recovery takes some people longer than others to recover from their past traumas, and depends on how repressed or denied their problems are at the moment that will determine the length of time for their treatment 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 how they relate to Personality Disorders. I do have experience with helping Introverted Type individuals who may feel shy, hypersensitive to overstimulating environments or gatherings, and who prefer quiet solitude over noisey socializing.

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 neurotic 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 (i.e. Neurotic skills) to deal with the symptoms, and not developing any new skills that address your real problem. I am interested in identifying and resolving your problems, not treating or teaching you how to manage the 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, Therapy of the Psyche (one's True Identity), 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, how your thoughts are currently organized. Those disorganized thoughts have been created at one time to cope with 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


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