Richard Walla


Richard Walla


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

My Philosophy & approach is based on my personal experiences of having had four therapists myself, before becoming one, and all they offered was time for me to talk, with no insights as to what was causing my distress, and what skills I needed in order to get better and enjoy life more. As I continued on my own, collecting all the data I could that would give me insights, getting my degree (late in life), and studying the past psychotherapists' works and their conclusions about psychological problems, I made it my goal to help others avoid the waste of time and money I went through, as best as I could.

Consequently, I have found that I have the personality and intuition necessary to help my clients. My focus is based on S. Freud, C. Jung, F. Perls, and Albert Ellis, and others. They instilled in me the focus of analyzing the influence of non-conscious memories and beliefs that continue to create thought, emotional, and behavioral problems that the individual coming for help is not aware of happening. The purpose of my psychotherapy is analyzing your "thought behaviors", and is primarily based "Cognitive Behavior Theory", "Attachment Theory", "Codependency Addiction", and "Dialectical Behavior Therapy" approaches.

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 belief patterns are causing your emotional conflicts in your relationships; and your relationship with your identity and your 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: spouses, partners, family, friends, parents, relatives, career and employment relationships, etc.

What you will be taught, and what my is approach is based on, is the principle that your current stresses are based on those repressed or currently unconscious traumas, that are being 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 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 reveal the probable mistaken conclusions you have been taught about yourself. My Psychotherapy begins by hearing how you perceive yourself, and how you describe your symptoms.

Your dysfunctional thinking is a "Disorder", it is not an "Illness", unless your problem is a medical one. Your 'thinking and feeling is "dis-orderly" because it is partially unconscious, so your automatic behaviors don't make sense, thereby preventing change. 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 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. My area is Anxiety and Mood Disorders, and how they relate to Personality Disorders. Although I work with all types, I do have favorable experiences with helping Introverted Personality Type individuals who may always experience feeling shy, hypersensitive to overstimulating environments, and who prefer quiet solitude over noisey socializing; there is a very good reason they feel that way.

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. Individuals often seek relief from their stress first by trying to self-medicate through 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.

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. 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, should you ask.

Services I Provide

  • 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)
  • 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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