I Am Here to Empower You

 
 
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Therapeutic Orientation

My approach to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment is comprehensive, client-centered, and collaborative.  What that means is that I actively work WITH you to DEFINE and outline what OUR work will look like. I explore and integrate the influences of heredity and temperament, family relationships, cultural and social context, and other environmental factors.  Given my life experiences as a bicultural, bilingual, child immigrant from a low socio-economic background I am passionate about issues of inter-sectionalism. As a trained social worker, I consider multiple facets of societal phenomena and how it influences the individual experience.  

I have trained and practiced extensively in evidenced based treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is known to help with a number of issues including Depression and Anxiety.  Other tools I frequently use include Motivational Interviewing (MI), known to facilitate and elicit behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), a well-known and effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which I have used successfully with adults with a trauma history, adults diagnosed with PTSD, and with individuals experiencing Complicated Grief after a loss.  

Additionally, I consistently rely on 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. The goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms, but also to help people UNDERSTAND themselves more DEEPLY and lead HEALTHIER lives.  

Ylira Pimentel-Diaz, MSW, LICSW

My passion is to help you "Connect The Dots"... and through a process of self exploration, guide you to connect and utilize your strengths in the journey to empowerment.

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMB), a Master in Social Work and a Certificate in Child & Adolescent Trauma, both from Simmons College (Boston, MA).   I am also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

LICSW licensure provides that clinical social workers have completed the necessary coursework, supervised experience, passed a national written exam, and a jurisprudence examination given by the Massachusetts Board of Social Workers.