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Therapeutic Orientation

I have an eclectic yet individually tailored approach to help individuals manage and treat depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, PTSD, and other life challenges.

My approach to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment is comprehensive, client-centered, and collaborative.  I explore and integrate the influences of heredity and temperament, family relationships, cultural and social context, and other environmental factors.  I enjoy learning about alternative methods to harmonize the mind and body and heal psychological pain (including Yoga, Chakra, and Reiki energy healing). I practice daily meditation and mindfulness. 

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 that process, I will empower you to discover your greatest self.  Let's take that journey together.

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).  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.  I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (MAPP) where I continue to seek out opportunities for professional development.  

I'm a BIG believer in lifelong learning! 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

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) EMDR Institute, Inc with Mark Nickerson, LICSW (7/13/18-7/15/18).          *3 day (Part 2) scheduled for November 2018
  • 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)

Child-focused and Parenting

  • Think:Kids Rethink Challenging Kids Biennial CPS Conference 10/14/17 (Sessions: “CPS and Early Childhood”, “Research Roundtable”, and “Integrating Mindfulness”).
  • Think Kids- Tier 2 Intensive Training in Collaborative Problem Solving (7/31/17-8/2/17) A New Approach for Parenting, Teaching, and Treating Children with Behavioral Challenges with Dr. Larry Epstein.
  • Yoga Mandala Kids Teacher 6 hours Training Program with Sharon Marrama (04/30/17)
  • Youth At Risk 2017- Workshops: “Education Law and Advocacy”: Case Analysis and Dispute Resolution Techniques” and “Meditation: The Practice of Mindfulness” (June 9, 2017)
  • Think Kids- Tier 1 Intensive Training in Collaborative Problem Solving A New Approach for Parenting, Teaching, and Treating Children with Behavioral Challenges with Dr. J Stuart Ablon, PhD (1/30/17-2/2/17) 
  • Addressing Maladaptive Coping Behaviors with Adolescents and their Families -(Self Study, Aug. 2016)
  • Youth At Risk 2015- Workshops: “Do I Ask for a Psychological Evaluation or Neuropsychological Evaluation” and “I’ve Got the Report-Now What Does it Mean? Interpreting and Using Evaluation Reports”
  • Understanding Trauma and Caring for the Caregivers (March 2015)
  • Think Differently: A New Approach for Parenting, Teaching, and Treating Children with Behavioral Challenges with Dr. J Stuart Ablon, PhD @MGH (Dec, 2014)
  • Youth At Risk 2013-Workshops: “Emotional Challenges of Students with Language Based Learning Disabilities” and “Collaborative Engagement of Parents/Caregivers”
  • Certificate in Child and Adolescent Trauma from National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development [Yearlong educational program (9/11-05/12) and 14 hours of intensive skills based training in Evidence Based Practices of Trauma Treatment, field experience implementing the method and a course in Core Concepts on Child and Adolescent Trauma]
  • Introduction to Child Parent Psychotherapy with Gail Arnold M. and Carmen Rosa Norona (Oct, 2011)
  • Development, Attachment, and Trauma with Carmen Rosa Norona (Sep. 2011)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certicate (TF-CBT) (Sep. 2010)


Online Profiles:

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ylira-pimentel-diaz-msw-licsw-51406911/

PsychologyToday.com  -  https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Ylira_Pimentel%2BDiaz_LICSW_Boston_Massachusetts_320459

Goodtherapy.org - https://www.goodtherapy.org/therapists/profile/ylira-pimentel-diaz-20170116

Zencare.co  -  https://www.zencare.co/ylira-pimentel-diaz/

TrySophia.com - https: //www.trysophia.com/ylira-pimenteldiaz/