Richard Walla

M.A., LPC, NCC

Richard Walla

M.A., LPC, NCC

Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 68126
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Fees: $100.00 per session, where each session may last between an hour or an hour and a half.
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1380 Pantheon Way Suite 150
San Antonio, Texas 78232

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My Approach to Helping

Psychotherapy is my passion. My Philosophy & approach is based on my personal experiences, my life-long interest in studying the works of the great psychotherapists of the past, their conclusions about identifying psychological problems, and collecting all the data I could that would give me the insights for helping others with resolving their psychological problems to the best of my abilities.

Consequently, I have found that I have the personality and innate skills necessary to help psychologically challenged clients. My focus is primarily based on the fundamental works of Dr. Sigmund Freud (Psychoanalysis), Dr. Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology), Dr. “Fritz: Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Albert Ellis, PhD., (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), and many others. They instilled in me the focus of analyzing the influence of non-conscious memories and beliefs that continue to create logical, emotional, and behavioral problems for the individual seeking relief. The design of my approach is analyzing your "thought behaviors", which is based on "Cognitive Behavior Theory", "Attachment Theory", "Codependency Addiction Therapy", and "Dialectical Behavior Therapy" principles.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy 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 that those flawed belief patterns are causing your emotional conflicts in your relationships; and your relationship with your identity, and your True Self. Therefore, my focus is on the identity-formation and developmental problems that can be creating your anxieties and fears that appear most often when you interact with other people: spouses, partners, family, friends, parents, relatives, career and employment relationships, etc.

My approach is an educational one: my intention is to teach you the principle that current stresses are based on any unconsciously repressed traumas that are being obscured by your symptoms. The benefit from the help of a psychotherapist like me is that you get to analyze and identify which of those faulty core beliefs are hidden by those repressed feelings or denied memories. In your case, it helps to have someone who knows what to look for as far as psychological patterns that typically reveal those mistaken conclusions you have accepted about yourself. My Psychotherapy begins by hearing how you perceive yourself, and how you describe your symptoms.

I encourage my clients to accept that their dysfunctional thinking habit is a "Disorder", and that it is not an "Illness", unless your problem is a medical one, it is not technically an “Illness”. Your thinking and feeling is better described as "dis-orderly", because it is partially unconscious, so your automatic behaviors don't make sense, thereby interfering with what needs to change. Once you reorganize your mistaken and irrational thought patterns, you will eventually begin to progressively get better on your own. There are only so many conditions in the psychological literature and texts, and yours is probably not unique nor new; so there are answers and solutions. Recovery time from past traumas takes some people longer than others, and depends on how strongly repressed or denied their problems are at the moment. That factor will determine the length of time for their treatment outcome. The first stage of the psychotherapy is analysis, the second is the therapy stage, where you learn Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, or Interpersonal Relationships. The third stage is practicing the skills to change the learned habits. The final stage is mastering the skills sufficiently to not need further therapy. My area of interest is Anxiety (avoiding future painful emotions) and Mood Disorders (avoiding past painful emotions), and how they relate to Personality Disorder Symptoms. Although I work with all types, I do have favorable experiences with helping Introverted Personality Type individuals who may have always experienced feelings of shyness, hypersensitivity to overstimulating environments, and who prefer quiet solitude over crowded socializing; and informing them why there is a very good reason they act and feel as they do naturally.

More Info About My Practice

My practice has developed around my experiences with treating grief & loss symptoms of denial (of reality), sadness (of a loss), anger (of powerlessness), negotiating (avoiding guilt), and finally acceptance: all of these are related to anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, unexpected mood swings, stresses (Post Traumatic Stress Disorders), and substance abuse disorders. All of these behaviors are related to treatment of flawed thinking, overwhelmed feelings, and neurotic behaviors (none of which address the problem itself).

Another critical problem I address, that relates to relationship issues, is a possible "Co-dependency Addiction". For my approach to psychotherapy, all these problems discussed thus far are SYMPTOMS of a problem, and are NOT the problem itself; and they indicate to me where I need to help you search for where you have been hiding the real problem from your conscious awareness. My practice focuses on helping you explore your current frustrations with life; and since you probably are, and have been, using useless, ineffective, and unproductive coping skills to resolve your emotionally disturbing symptoms, you have not been developing any new skills that actually address the real unconscious problem. As a counselor, I am interested in identifying and resolving the problem, not treating or teaching you how to manage the symptoms.

There is much you can, and need, to learn and understand about your problem. The grief & loss recovery skills are fundamental to recovery; and frustrations and pain are based on a loss of identity and self. Everyone seeking psychotherapy is suffering at some level of emotional distress and misery. Individuals often seek relief from their stress first by trying to self-medicate through the use of drugs, alcohol, or risky behaviors, and, after a certain amount of failures on their own, they find relief through successful treatment through the psychotherapy methods I, and many other counselors, employ. I encourage you to choose to get the help you need, sooner than later.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy, Therapy of the Psyche (one's True Identity), can make a difference 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. In 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. I look forward to helping you as much as I can, to get through your psychological stress, if you should you ask me to help.

Services I Provide

  • 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 (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)
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • 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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