DARRICK BALL, LCSW
Are you finding yourself anxious and worried about events outside your control? Do you experience feelings of impending doom? Maybe you are finding it difficult to have the energy to get out of bed or even take care of basic day to day tasks. We may often experience both of these scenarios at the same time. As we manage through this time of the pandemic virus adjustment challenges have occurred for most if not all of us. Adapting to the “new normal” can have a psychological toll ranging from extreme fluctuations in moods to complete mental exhaustion. If any or all of these scenarios relate to your experience I want to invite you to my office to visit. I offer a space that is warm, inviting, and has enough room for all that you wish to bring.
My name is Darrick Ball and my pronouns are he, him, or his. I was born in San Bernadino, California. After years as an Air Force brat and living in all parts of the world my family settled in a little town in Arkansas- little as in 186 people. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arkansas Tech and worked with both adults with chronic mental illness and teens with emotional and behavior health challenges as a paraprofessional. Since I wasn't "discovered" and offered a career as professional cyclist on the European race circuit, I followed the advice of a clinical therapist with whom I worked and admired. I earned my Masters degree in Social Work at University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2001.
I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker and have spent my career working with children and adults in a variety of settings to include both inpatient, outpatient, day treatment, and emergency services settings. I am LGBTQA+ affirming and my practice is inclusive. Currently I am working at Hendrix College.
Outside of my practice I live with my wife, son, and 2 dogs. I practice and teach martial arts, enjoy the outdoors, and spending time with a diverse group of friends. I enjoy long bike rides, with good company, and pitstops at gas stations for snacks.
Taking action toward a meaningful life
We are often quick to notice when our house needs a new update. Maybe it's a new roof or a new air conditioner that we need. Sometimes we might want a new couch, a window to bring new light in a dark room, or a special lamp in the reading corner. I like to encourage the same approach to our wellness. What updates would make your living space more comfortable?
How can we keep the car moving?
Families are much like a car with many moving parts working in unison with one another. If one part is not functioning as the best version of itself it impacts the rest of the car's ability to function. Families are strong and work effectively for long periods of time through challenging experiences and behavior. Let's build on those strengths and explore ways to respond compassionately to the needs of family members.
Movement through the mountains
An endeavor seems more achievable if we move towards it in pairs. As couples work together barriers can interfere with our goals. What are the goals set before you and how can we work more toward those cooperatively?
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow."
Mary Anne Radmacher
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
Come in, have a seat, and let's talk for a bit.
Our emotions are a lot like a thermometer in the window. When I look out my window I can see the sun shining, the wind is blowing a little, and white clouds are floating in the sky. I think to myself "I am in Arkansas and it is June so it could be 99 degrees or it could be 45 degrees." In Arkansas we don't know the climate until we step outside. If I have a thermometer in the window it tells me how to prepare for the outside world. Just like the weather, sometimes our emotions keep us from doing what is most important to us. My challenge to visitors is "can we move towards what is important even when the emotions make it difficult?" I believe our emotions are important and they are meaningful. When I notice emotions I tend to acknowledge them in efforts to give space for the feelings. I want to always respect emotions and my visitors. Therefore my pace may differ depending on how visitors respond.
I have training in many areas of mental mental health treatment modalities. I have training in The Safe Zone Project, Theraplay, play therapy techniques, Trauma focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, present moment awareness, Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I might list others if I believed they were genuinely important, but I firmly believe the most important part of this process is the therapeutic relationship. It is from the therapeutic relationship we will navigate through challenges you bring into the office. This process is guided by the you and what you believe as most effective for yourself.
As a rule expect a phone call from me before we meet so the two of us can make sure we "are a workable pair." Finding a therapist is much like shopping for a boat. If you are in the market for a speed boat and all I am selling are row boats we may not fit. I am open to discussing what visitors have found most helpful in therapy previously. I value your time and financial resources so I feel it is important for us to revisit the discussion routinely, assuring my services are effectively serving you. When you stop in you are free to talk about whatever they would like to address. My one request is whatever we talk about in session I would like the topic to be valuable and meaningful to the you.
The Most Difficult Part of My Job
The first session is a 90 minute intake assessment based upon the contract rate of $200. After that individual sessions are $150.00 per 55 minute session. Couples and family sessions are $200 per 55 minute sessions. Within the contract guidelines, I will look to you for full payment of your account, and you will be responsible for payment of all charges. Currently I am not accepting any insurance. I accept payment in the form of cash, check, credit card, and FSA cards.
My hours will fluctuate during the semesters. Appointment by schedule. Currently offering tele-therapy until it appears more safe to meet in person.