All About Paola Gomez Diaz, Ph. D

Paola Gomez Diaz, Ph. D

Paola Gomez Diaz, Ph. D I believe that therapy is a journey of healing and I’m here to accompany you in the process of self-discovery. Because maybe the journey isn’t about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can find your true self. My approach as a bilingual therapist (English/Spanish) involves traditional psychodynamic therapeutic styles blended with attachment based and dialectical behavior models to provide a therapeutic relationship that facilitate the accomplishment of your short and long term goals through a fulfilling life.  I also incorporate elements of mind-body and meditation to help you to… Continue Reading This Article

3 Reasons Why Play Therapy Is So Effective

Through play, children discover the world around them and their feelings about it. Play is also how children communicate these often-complex feelings. This is what makes play therapy such a powerful treatment. Pretending offers children the opportunity to “finally” be in charge and express what if feels like to be them. Here are some more reasons why play therapy is so effective: Play Reveals the Child’s Emotional Life Though the characters of the real world and play world may be different, the storylines tend to be the same. A young girl may walk into a therapist’s office, spot the plethora… Continue Reading This Article

4 Ways Play Therapy Can Improve Your Child’s Life

Children have great imaginations, and they use it in every aspect of their lives. Play is a huge part of children’s lives and they create imaginary scenarios with their toys all the time. If something is going on in a child’s life, one of the best ways to discover their true emotions is by watching them play. Play therapy is a psychotherapeutic treatment, specially developed to help children between the ages of 3 to 12. A play therapist works with the child to explore and resolve their issues through the therapeutic use of play. A safe space called a playroom… Continue Reading This Article

5 Empowering Mantras for Women Dealing with Workplace Disenfranchisement

As spiritual exercises like meditation and yoga rise in popularity, the concept of mantras has become more familiar. A mantra is a phrase you use in meditation to help you focus and create an intent that will be a positive driving force in your life. As you repeat the mantra during meditation, either out loud or in quiet thought, you’re planting a seed in your mind that will grow as you continue to nurture it through consistent meditation practices. Mantras can be very powerful tools used to help you gain confidence and calm anxieties in all areas of your life…. Continue Reading This Article

4 Steps for Setting Academic Goals with Your Child

Academic Goals

When children are taught how to set and achieve goals, they learn that decisions have consequences and that hard work earns rewards. As your child sets and works towards academic goals, their self-confidence will grow, and they’ll take pride in themselves and their achievements. They will learn how to focus, how to prioritize, and ultimately how to make better decisions. Step 1: Explain To take advantage of all that goal-setting has to offer, start working on this with your child as soon as they’re old enough – typically around age eight. Explain to your child what goals are. Describe how… Continue Reading This Article

Best Tips to Reignite Love in February

Best Tips to Reignite Love in February

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we will be discussing how to reignite love. Love comes in many forms and in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s going to be full throttle and full of passion. Other times, it’s about tender, love and care. If your relationship has suffered in the love department, there are some strategies you can use to reignite it. We’ve rounded up several relationship experts to share with you their recommendations on reigniting love. Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC One of the best strategies to reigniting love is to discover your partner’s love language and then… Continue Reading This Article

Why EMDR is a Helpful Treatment for Sexual Abuse Survivors

EMDR Therapy Sexual Abuse

  In the United States, one in three women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). When sexual abuse happens, many people don’t know how to cope with the event or express their feelings in a healthy way. The result is a life of feeling fear and shame as well as experiencing depression and anxiety. NSVRC reports that 81% of female victims and 35% of male victims will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What is EMDR and How Can it Help? Eye Movement Desensitization and… Continue Reading This Article

5 Exercises & Tips to Lower Your Anxiety Before a Big Exam

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For many of us, college was absolutely the best time in our lives. The freedom and friendships made those four years incredibly special. But college isn’t all sparkles and unicorns. For others, college is a completely different and often negative experience. As fun as it can be, it’s also incredibly stressful, especially when it comes time to take an exam. The bigger and more important the exam is, the more we tend to suffer from anxiety, and the less likely we are to do our best. If this scenario sounds all too familiar to you, then use the following tips and exercises… Continue Reading This Article

5 Ways to Recharge Your Energy After a Rough Day

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Few things zap your energy the way a stressful day can. Stress is known to reduce our levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that play an important role in our mood, energy and motivation. After a difficult day, you might be tempted to lounge on the couch watching TV until it’s time to go to bed. Although it might feel good in the moment, it won’t give you the mood and energy lift you need after a rough day. Here are five simple ways you can recharge yourself. 1. Unplug After a stress-filled day, you need to unwind—and that means… Continue Reading This Article

When to Worry: Recognizing Signs of Trauma in Your Loved Ones

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Over the past several years, there have been numerous traumatic events all across the country. From incidents of mass violence to devastating natural disasters, hundreds of thousands of Americans have experienced or witnessed a disastrous or life-threatening event. In addition to tragedies such as these, anyone who has experienced a shocking or dangerous incident (such as a car accident or a robbery) is at risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a serious mental disorder that requires medical treatment. PTSD can have devastating effects on every aspect of a person’s life, from their marriage and family, to… Continue Reading This Article