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Inspiring Conversations with Mayra Diaz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mayra Diaz.

Hi Mayra, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m one of those people who has always known what I wanted to be when I grew up. I decided I wanted to be a therapist when I was 13. Now, I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. I specialize in working with millennials struggling with anxiety and BIPOC. I’m so happy to be where I’m at, but it was a definitely a tough road to get here.

My dream is to start a group practice and hire other therapists of color. I want to be able to show other BIPOC therapists that the journey doesn’t have to be as hard and they can also be successful entrepreneurs.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I found it hard to navigate the beginning of my career because there wasn’t very much support and there were so many things I didn’t know. That led to a lot of self-learning. I had to put the time in to figure out a world that’s typically filled with white women with privilege. I felt like I was stumbling in the dark a lot of the time.

But what that gave me was a confidence in what I built. I had to be proactive, I had to put myself out there, I had to force myself to face my own anxieties and take big risks. Making the move from working in non-profits where I had a guaranteed salary to being in private practice where my bottom line is dependent on my hustle and a lot of skills I had to learn was scary. But I am so much happier now. I love being my own boss. I love getting to work in a niche that I am passionate about. And I enjoy the growth, the consistent challenge of being a business owner.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I specialize in helping millennials deal with their anxiety in healthy ways. I also work with BIPOC to help them learn how to understand and care for their mental health. I love helping clients struggling with things like panic attacks or OCD learn that they don’t have to live the rest of their lives as victims to their feelings or symptoms. I also deeply enjoy working with BIPOC because I understand how hard it can be as a person of color to find a therapist who understands your background. When I provide therapy to a BIPOC, that comes from a place of shared experiences.

I’ve met a lot of clients who have told me they went to therapy and it helped a bit. I tell my clients, I’m not here to wave a magic wand and make you feel better without you being able to understand why or how to do this for yourself. I’m an active therapist. I find most people’s struggles with mental health come from a lack of knowledge. My style of therapy starts from a place of education. I teach my clients the science behind what’s happening in their body and research-backed tools that work to help them not only deal with their current struggles but feel confident to be able to face future challenges on their own. I push my clients to grow. I hold them accountable but also make sure they know I’ll support them through their struggles and mistakes. I help my clients learn how to be compassionate for themselves and use the tools we practice in session to stop things like anxiety or trauma from controlling their lives.

What makes you happy?
Meaningful connection makes me happy. Those moments when you’ve forgotten where you are, what time it is, you’re so completely in the moment of sharing with another person, that’s my happy place. Getting to know people on an intimate level is what fills me up. And finding those people you click with, who you can talk to for hours, that’s one of the things I enjoy the most.

Pricing:

  • $185 for individual sessions
  • $225 for couple sessions

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Image Credits:

Fabiola Lazarte Photography

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