“Divide and Conquer” Holds us Back – Instead Try “Connect and Advance” 


Making connections is essential to success! Not only are connections with others vital, but so are connections within yourself. These internal connections are made by becoming aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions, including those that are holding you back from becoming your best “Self”. This process is what I call “Connecting the Dots”.

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Emotional Discomfort

If you are stressed or generally unsettled in your life, depressed, anxious, or grieving a loss, you can benefit from the counseling process. Those who are struggling with life transitions, career changes, or loss of a loved one are an integral part of my practice. I also see emerging adults and college students who are i.e. having trouble adjusting to college life and recent college graduates i.e. having difficulties adjusting to life after college. Our work involves identifying the source of the problems, and whether it is showing up through issues within relationships, work, school, and/or other, our work would be geared to help increase awareness, improve skills and quality of life. 

When working with grief and loss, my aim is to help my clients in the process of mourning, this could be following the death of loved ones(s), or with major life changes that trigger feelings of grief, such as ending of relationships, miscarriages, divorce and relocations.  Therapy can involve helping you move through normal grief and can also help you move through traumatic or complicated grief reactions.


My approach to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment is comprehensive, client-centered, and collaborative. I have trained and practiced extensively in evidenced based treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) known to help with a number of issues including but not limited to Depression and Anxiety.  Other training and experience include Motivational Interviewing (MI) known to facilitate and elicit behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) which is a well-known and effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which I have used successfully with adults with a trauma history, those diagnosed with PTSD, and with Complicated Grief. 

Although I am grounded in an eclectic foundation, I consistently rely on one particular approach, psychodynamic psychotherapy, which focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and client as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the client’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms, but also to help people understand themselves more deeply and lead healthier lives.

Given my hollistic framework and experience, I attempt to integrate and explore the influences of heredity and temperament, developmental level, family relationships, cultural and social context, and other environmental factors on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I tailor each evaluation according to the unique diagnostic question with the goal of producing an assessment that feels accurate and applicable. I also continue to regularly engage in additional clinical trainings as part of my professional development (see below). If you have questions about the procedures I use, you should discuss them whenever they arise.    

If you’re struggling, no matter how long you’ve had something on your mind,

it’s important that you talk to someone about it.

BLOG– Grief: Integrating, not “Letting Go”

Grief is a natural response to a significant loss. If you’ve dealt with other types of loses and you’ve felt grief then you know that you can feel grief about something like a divorce, relocation, miscarriage, job loss, end of a significant relationship i.e. with partner, friend, family member, and even a presidential election. Regardless of what you are grieving, if you are in mourning this IS for YOU.

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Below are some of the clinical trainings I’ve completed:


Motivation and Change

  • Motivational Interviewing I and II with Gary S. Rose, PhD (Sept. and Oct. 2013)
  • “What Motivates and Distracts Us: the Connection Between Brain, Emotions, Behavior, and Decision Making” with Francesca Gino, Ph.D. (03/02/2015)

Other Evidenced Based Interventions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate Course 3-day intensive training 03/08/17-03/10/17 with John Ludgate, Ph.D. PESI, Inc.

Grief and Losses

Heal Your Heart After Grief: Help Your Clients Find Peace After Break-Ups, Divorce, Death and Other Losses with David Kessler (Self Learning, test completed 01/24/17)

Mindfulness, Yoga, Art and other Integrative Practices:

  • Yoga Mandala Kids Teacher Training Program with Sharon Marrama (04/30/17)
  • 100 Brain-Changing Mindfulness Techniques to Integrate into Your Practice with Debra Burdock, LCSW, BCN (09/13/16)
  • Reiki I and II training and certification (06/02/2016)
  • Best Practices in Spiritual Assessment (Self Learning, Aug. 2016)
  • Mindfulness, Healing and Transformation: The Pain and the Promise of Befriending the Full Catastrophe Speaker: JON KABAT-ZINN, PH.D. (Self Learning, Aug. 2016)
  • Breathing and Movement Practices in Treatment of Anxiety, PTSD and Mass Disasters with Dr. Patricia Gerber and Dr. Richard P. Brown (June, 2013)
  • Em Wave: Self-Regulation Technology for Concentration, Performance and Stress Applications with Therese Martell-Bosshardt (June, 2013)
  • ArtWorks:The Role of the Creative Arts in Managing Traumatic Stress with Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, LICSW, ATR-BC (03/18/13)

Culturally Informed Practices

  • Work in Culturally Diverse Community with Martin J LaRoche, PhD (March, 2014)
  • 20th Annual 2 Day Culture Conference, by the Multicultural Family Institute “Intergenerational Legacies: Can we Talk? The past, The Present. And The Future” (04/08/11-04/09/2011) 

Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) with Richard Schwartz, PhD (10/07/16) 
  • A New Paradigm for the Treatment of Complex Trauma:The Internal Family Systems Model with Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. (03/02/15)
  • 3 Day Intensive Evidenced Based Short Term Cognitive Procesing Therapy (CPT) for Treatment of PTSD with Dr. Luana Marques, PhD (10/16/13-10/18/13)
  • PTSD Diagnosis (09/27/13 and 10/03/13) with Luana Marques Ph.D.
  • Using Cognitive Restructuring for PTSD to Reduce Self Harm Behaviors with Barrent Walsh, Ph.D. (03/18/2013)
  • Engaging Traumatized Clients who Avoid Attachment, Closeness and Painful Feelings with Robert T.Muller, Ph.D. (11/02/12)

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

– Sigmund Freud

“Every person is, in part, ‘his own project’ and makes himself”.

– Abraham Maslow

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Ylira Pimentel-Diaz

Wellness Therapist, LLC


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