Edelys Mariel Diaz, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Florida
Area of Focus:
Childhood Trauma, Self-Esteem, Foster Care/Adoption, Parenting
B.S. in Clinical Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Dominican Republic
M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy, Distinction, Florida
Edelys’s Recent Articles
Am I A Bad Parent? Challenging Parental Guilt
Hi, my name is Edelys but everyone just calls me Ede. I’m a licensed therapist in the state of Florida and have been providing therapy services for the past seven (7) years. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology in my home country Dominican Republic. I moved to Miami, FL, and obtained my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I’m fully bilingual in English and Spanish and have worked with diverse clients.
My career was initiated in 2014 by doing my school practicum. I worked at a small non-profit organization working with undocumented women, especially domestic violence survivors. I provided individual therapy for these women and I also did group therapy for women. From here, I transitioned to work with children and families in 2015 and have been doing this work ever since. I work with children/teenagers in the foster care system, helping kids and teens process their trauma and work with the caregivers/parents on how to provide the proper emotional support for the child along with parenting skills.
I’ve been trained in infant mental health counseling, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, EFT: tapping, and adoption therapy. I’ve also taken many trainings on how to implement play and art therapy techniques in my work with children and families.
Since being trained in adoption therapy, I’ve been working with pre- and post-adoptive children/teenagers and adoptive families. I help kids and teens with the transition of becoming adopted and help the parents have a healthy bond with the adoptive child/teen. My work is mostly trauma-focused and provides emotional support to the entire family. I do individual work with children and teenagers to work through their trauma or any emotional distress they may be experiencing. I work with the parents in teaching them how to be a supportive parent and work with them in gaining confidence in themselves.
Today, I have my private practice working with women and teen girls guiding them in their journey to self-love, healing, and a life full of purpose. There’s purpose in pain. I help women and teen girls turn their pain into a purposeful life free of hurt, shame, and guilt. I want them to be empowered by their story and be an inspiration to the future generation of young women.