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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Offices

1380 Pantheon Way Suite 150
San Antonio, Texas 78232

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My Approach to Helping

Psychotherapy is my passion and I love helping people improve their lives. I have found that I have the personality and innate skills necessary to help individuals with mental health disorders. 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. My approach 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. Of these, Albert Ellis and Fritz Perls both suggested that in their years of experience, clients seek psychotherapy because of their “identity problems”, based on the question: Who are you, really? Not your “image”, that you developed in order to “fit in” to your environment (or survive it), but who are you meant to be in your most naturally innate state? The works of the founders of psychoanalysis instilled in me the necessity of analyzing the memories and beliefs that have created the logical, emotional, and behavioral problems of the individual seeking treatment.

My approach is based analyzing your "thought behaviors", which is based on "Cognitive Behavior Theory". Cognitive Behavior Therapy is based on the theory that your thoughts and perceptions about who you are, or who you believe you "should be", are based on unresolved trauma of some sort; and you are not currently aware that those traumas created flawed belief patterns about yourself. Those unconscious belief patterns are causing your emotional conflicts in all your relationships; including your relationship with your “Identity”, your True Self. The hypothesis is that your anxieties and fears appear most often when you interact with other people: spouses, partners, family, friends, parents, relatives, career and employment relationships, etc.

I encourage my clients to accept that their dysfunctional thinking habit is a "Disorder", and that it is not an "Illness", per se. In psychotherapy, thinking and feeling problems are better described as "dis-orderly", because they are unconscious, so some of their automatic behaviors don't make sense. My approach is to help the client make sense of their mistaken and irrational behavioral patterns, so that they will eventually begin to get better on their own. Recovery time from past traumas depends on how strongly repressed or denied the problems are at the moment. That factor will determine the length of time for the treatment outcome.

The first stage of my psychotherapy process is “analysis”; the second, is the “therapeutic” stage (where you are encouraged to 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 “mastery” of the skills sufficiently to not need further therapy. I work with all types, and I do have special interest in 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 educating them that there are very good reasons they act and feel as they do.

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 symptoms of anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, unexpected mood swings, stresses (Post Traumatic Stress Disorders), and substance abuse disorders. And these disturbing behaviors are related to flawed thinking, overwhelmed feelings, and neurotic solutions (none of which address the problem itself). 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.

Another critical problem I address, that relates to relationship issues, is a possible "Co-dependency Addiction". Codependency is a “behavioral addiction”, just like any chemical addiction. My practice focuses on helping you explore your current frustrations with relationships to address how codependent beliefs has interfered with your awareness of your true identity.

I also have experience in “substance use” recovery. 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 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 based on your assumed correctness of your beliefs about yourself. 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 good news is that 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 for my 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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