Richard Wallace, LCSW-S
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board-approved Supervisor
The decision to seek consultation and/or counseling is a difficult step for most. It seems complicated and can heighten your sense of vulnerability. However, in making the decision to seek help you are also expressing a strength, you are expressing the most human need, the need to be connected, to be understood, to be validated.
Sometimes we look to others to define who we are, and sometimes we struggle with how others define us. As we work together, I will facilitate your increasing awareness of who you are, how you want to live your life, how you choose your path, a path that will continue your positive growth as a person, family member, a community or workplace peer. Each of us struggle with these questions especially when our relationships are not as stable or satisfying as we want them to be. Our work together will allow you to recognize your strengths, identify the dynamics that create issues for you relative to your relationship with others and offer new ways to think and new tools to resolve issues as you encounter them.
I’ve provided and supervised counseling services for over 30 years in a variety of settings with all age groups. My experience and training has convinced me of several things i.e., relationships define our sense of self; we look to our relationships for comfort and safety; when we are validated we function better and these important relationships support our continued growth and well-being.
I believe successful counseling is a commitment to recreate a safety zone that allows each person to communicate their needs at a deeper, more genuine level, and practice more effective ways of relating to others.
Specializations: Child and Adolescent issues 3-17 years; Adults 18 years and older; Parenting, Families, and Couples; Depression, anxiety, grief/loss; anger management and stress related issues; Men's issues.