- Orange County
Esmeralda (Essie) Diaz, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Essie originally had ambitions to become a preschool teacher, but her interest in human behavior ultimately compelled her to pursue training as a Marriage & Family Therapist. First and foremost, Essie believes in fostering a strong therapist-patient relationship, so that you are able to be your most authentic self in treatment. Once this sense of trust and security has been established, she integrates a range of therapeutic tools to address the challenges bringing you in to treatment. While Essie is gifted in working with many different issues, she especially enjoys working with trauma. This includes acute traumatic experiences (such as a serious car accident), or chronic, complex, trauma (such as growing up in an abusive home). Essie also enjoys working with anxiety, depression, grief, and other common focuses of treatment. Finally, she also excels helping families dealing with stress or dysfunction. At your first meeting with Essie, you can expect a warm, authentic presence. While remaining professional, she brings an approachable and relaxed posture to her work. She knows that therapy can feel intimidating at first, and will help you feel at ease.