Louis Walthall

(LCSW-R, CASAC)
Therapist Louis Walthall Photo

About Me

I am a multi-racial, African, Indigenous, Irish American. I have over 30 years’ experience practicing in the field of human behavior. I graduated with a communication arts degree from Hofstra University, film. Because of my interest in documentaries and people, I completed graduate school with a Master of Social Work degree, at Stony Brook University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with years of advanced trainings in the many aspects of both alcohol, substance abuse and mental health; and the treatment of the dual diagnoses.

I began as a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) throughout graduate school and am now a CASAC-2. I Went on to complete graduate school and became a psychiatric social worker/psychotherapist, and an Addictions Specialist. The population of people I have treated, over the many years, have been very diverse; from Long Island to New York City. They were from elementary, high school, college, pre/post-incarceration, veterans and from all of the professions. I’ve worked with all ethnicities, most religions and have been successful with LGBTQ clients. I have worked in alcohol substance abuse clinics, correctional facilities, forensic psychotherapy in the courts, expert witness Bronx County for children and adolescents, rehabilitation facilities, mental health clinics, children’s psychotherapy services; developed and administered dual disorder programs; all while having a private psychotherapy practice.

The strength of my style, I believe, is that I emphasize authenticity in engagement with my clients, in combination with the need for attachments. I believe a lack of authenticity creates unnecessary anxiety. I hope to develop a client-centered therapeutic alliance with my clients. This approach has worked for me and my clients and has helped in achieving their goals together. My approach is also eclectic and is based mainly on using a variety of cognitive-behavioral techniques; using motivational interviewing initially to establish goals. I have had particularly successful experience in addressing anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Dissociative disorders, and OCD. I also have been successful in counseling couples, using couple/marital therapy techniques.

I believe psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is one of the most powerful forms of therapy in the world. The world would be a better place if more people took advantage of this modality. It is a smart choice for anyone stuck and fearful of changing their behaviors or simply not knowing how to even begin.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 35

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #051661 (Expires: 2022-05-31)


Reviews

Written by J.I. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with Louis for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Excellent therapist

Written by V.I. on Nov 17, 2021 after therapy with Louis for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Louis is not only a great counselor but he is very easy to talk to. He was able to address all of my concerns that I had. I brought up a variety of issues that I was struggling with during my 6 months with Louis and even though it took me time to improve, Louis was there to monitor my progress as well as walk through how I'm feeling the way I am. I would highly recommend talk therapy with Louis, especially if you struggle with any anxiety, personal relationship and/or self-esteem related issues.

Written by D.E. on Mar 11, 2021 after therapy with Louis for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Highly recommend Louis. He makes it so easy to share my emotions and always listens and provides the help and advice needed.
Keeps the conversation on what need to be worked on, great listener.

Written by J.A. on Mar 07, 2021 after therapy with Louis for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

After the first "get to know you" type sessions, Mr. Walthall was extremely easy to talk to, gives you no nonsense feedback and helped me uncover some truths about myself that have confused and held me back in life for years. I have been working with him for a few months and am already feeling confident to keep working with the tools he's shown me on my own and start taking ownership of my life again.

Written by T.I. on Jan 13, 2021 after therapy with Louis for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Louis is outstanding. Therapy with him is like a conversation but he always manages to bring it back to the original problems and has you talk through them. Very relaxing and interesting person. I came to Louis after several losses during COVID and he’s helped me improve dramatically in the last 2 months. I definitely recommended Louis as a person to help you work through your problems in a friendly way.