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”.