Ylira Diaz, LICSW

Ylira Pimentel-Diaz

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients; find available Boston therapists here



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)


Mon: 9:30am-8:00pm
Tue: 9:30am-1:00pm
Wed: Closed
Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Mindfulness

  • Parenting

  • ADD / ADHD

Professional statement

Ylira Pimentel-Diaz is Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA. She has spent over a decade in behavioral health including residential, in-home, and outpatient providers such as BayCove, Vinfen, and Partners Healthcare. Prior to private practice, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) delivering individual, couple, and family therapy. Currently, she is also a consultant to the Resilience Enhancement and Prevention Program at MGH Boston.

Her practice is specifically catered to help those seeking to alleviate issues stemming from anxiety, depression, trauma, major life transitions, and parenting. Additionally, she enjoys working with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds, and has expertise in intersectionality and cultural/racial/religious identity issues. She incorporates a wide range of therapy modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Mindfulness Practices to ensure that her clients feel both support and progress every step of the way in therapy.

Ylira's practice lends itself to helping clients achieve awareness and mindfulness in their daily lives. She has worked extensively with individuals impacted by trauma, helping them to safely unpack and process their experiences, as well as to find effective coping mechanisms to move forward. Each of her decisions as a clinician is informed by compassion and patience - she moves at the client's pace throughout each session. She works to ensure that her feedback is clear, honest, and helpful.


Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. racism, witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Mindfulness – Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment
Self-esteem – Cultivating a stronger sense of self; increasing assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children

General expertise

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations


Ylira is not in-network with any insurances. She is accepting clients paying out of pocket or who have PPO plans.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $180 (60min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $150/session (45min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Ylira can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"I join my clients in their journey, help them connect to their strengths, provide guidance, and teach skills that address the challenges that motivated them to seek help. This in turns allows individuals to do the work of constructing their best Self."

Treatment approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Cognitive processing therapy is a type of trauma-focused psychotherapy that seeks to challenge and modify individuals' beliefs related to trauma. It helps individuals identify upsetting thoughts and empowers them with skills to address their thoughts in a healthier way. (learn more)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Massachusetts General Hospital, Social Worker, 2011 - 2015
Bay Cove Human Services, Rehabilitation Specialist, 2008 - 2010
Vinfen, Intensive Residential Site Manager, 2006 - 2007

Simmons College, MSW, 2012
University of Massachusetts Boston, BA in Psychology, 2006