Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Yamilette Diaz

Safe Harbor Voice  |  September 10, 2021
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Yamilette Diaz

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What is your name and what do you do in the community?

My name is Yamilette Diaz and I am a bilingual therapist at Oasis Counseling Associates. Through counseling, I provide a safe space where we can talk about difficult situations (ie. trauma, loss, abuse, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, etc.), life adjustments (ie. moving to a different culture, stress, challenges of being parents, etc.), among other issues. My role is to be a guide in the process so that you can make decisions that lead you to achieve your goals and obtain well-being in your mental health.  

What is your country of origin?

I was raised and born in Puerto Rico. 

What is something that stands out about Puerto Rico? 

The Christmas season stands out as the longest season in the world.  It starts out after thanksgiving day, extends into the middle of January which ends with a big celebration called “ Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian”. These festivities are filled with music, traditional holiday food, nativity reenacted, and family gatherings. 

What is something that you miss from Puerto Rico? 

I miss the culture where anything is a good excuse to celebrate and share it with the family. 

What is something you wish people knew about Puerto Rico? 

I want the people to know that Puerto Rico is a US territory (no passport required) in the Caribbean known for its beautiful beaches with warm weather all year round.        

What is your favorite food from Puerto Rico? 

My favorite food is the traditional holiday dish:  rice with green pigeon peas, roasted pork, “pasteles”, potato salad, and “tembleque” (coconut pudding).  

Is there anything else you want to add about Hispanic Heritage Month? 

 “Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures”. 

Cesar Chavez 

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because...

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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