Potoula Diaz

(MS, LMHC, LMFT)

About Me

Greetings everyone,

My name is Potoula Diaz and I live in Florida. I first became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and practiced in the field in that capacity for about 11 years holding all kinds of jobs, but mostly being a therapist for families and adults with crises in their lives, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, trauma and stress. Then I decided that I would like to learn more in depth about families and couples, so I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2011. Then, last year I became a Certified Addictions Counselor and have learned so much about addiction that I use with many of my clients. I use mostly Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused approaches in my work. I feel they work very well for many people and also they compliment my personal style and theories about change and growth.

This year marks my 20th year in the field of counseling and mental health, and this time has been so rich with all kinds of amazing unforgettable experiences in helping people. I approach each new client with enthusiasm and curiosity, and being prepared to learn from each new person I meet. I believe that forming a strong positive relationship with your therapist is the most important factor in how well you will do in therapy, so it is important that you take the time to pick someone that you feel comfortable with and someone who makes you feel heard and cared for. I enjoy helping people and am confident that with all my experience and skills and my natural passion for helping, I can make a difference in the life of any person that is struggling with a problem or challenge in life.

Life can be difficult, but with my help you can feel better and make some personal changes that you will be proud of! I hope we can work together in a rewarding and caring relationship and I look forward to hearing from you!


Specialties

  • Relationship
  • Family
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Grief, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 22

Licensing

LMFT #MT2555 (Expires: 2019-03-31)

LMHC #MH6104 (Expires: 2019-03-31)


Reviews

Written by P.H. on Oct 18, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, and parenting

Potoula has a very thoughtful and positive approach to addressing my issues and concerns. To me, it was very helpful to have her tell me to acknowledge the mistakes or negative situations I was dealing with and to put my feet on the ground and turn them into a positive approach on how to change my outlook and current situation and what strategies to take to get there.

Written by K.A. on Oct 05, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and bipolar

With Potoula I feel supported and understood, and I appreciate her insights and recommendations very much. My sincere thanks!!

Written by S.T. on Sep 28, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Potoula was very supportive and encouraging. She boosted my morale when I needed it most. Thank you.

Written by L.A. on Sep 17, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 2 months stress, anxiety, anger, and depression

Potoula is an amazing person. She has helped me so much through counseling. She is very understanding and really knows how to listen. I can't say enough nice things about her.

Written by H.A. on Aug 26, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

Potoula has been extremely supportive of my needs. I was worried that it would be difficult to explain my situation but she has understood every detail and gives advice that really applies to my situation and helps me cope with the ebb and flow my emotions. She is extremely respectful, and I am really enjoying my sessions with her. I couldn't recommend her enough.

Written by A.N. on Jul 27, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 2 weeks family

Potoula has astonished me with her insight and professionalism. We operate in two totally opposite time zones and I was concerned that this would impact on the efficacy of our work. Not at all. I will be very honest, when I realized we would need to correspond I was dubious that I wanted to do this. I freely confess to being wrong. Our exchanges have been rewarding, educational and amusing, above all, Potoulas' empathy and understanding shines through constantly. She has helped me without doubt and I am eternally grateful to her for this.

Written by J.O. on Jun 29, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 2 weeks relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Potoula is an outstanding counselor, and I enjoy all of her professional feedback.

Written by S.H. on Jun 15, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks relationship, and trauma and abuse

Patoula has been amazing. She can take my random thoughts and pinpoint the issues that help me clarify what I need to work on. I cannot express how happy I am to have Patoula.

Written by L.Y. on Jun 13, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, family, trauma and abuse, and grief

Corresponding with Potoula has enabled me to see more clearly where my issues lie. She asks pertinent questions and encourages me to discuss my feelings and hopes for a better and healthier future. I look forward to working more with Potoula to help me reach my goals.

Written by C.H. on Jun 04, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, addictions, relationship, self esteem, anger, and career

Ms Diaz is my first counselor, and she has made me realize the same thing every hard headed sceptic should realize: it's such an amazing feeling to talk to someone you don't know! Thank you Ms. Diaz...you do great things for people's souls.

Written by J.O on Apr 28, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 1 month relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Outstanding Counselor

Written by A.L on Apr 20, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 4 months relationship

Potoula is good at explaining and breaking down an issue or behavior. She has helped me see my issue more logically. I thank her a lot for giving me some clarity.

Written by D.E on Apr 09, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 1 month relationship, family, and self esteem

Potoula is amazing. She responds, and listens to what you have to say -- all of it. She does make you feel like you're able to speak and she'll help you figure out your feelings.

Written by E.M on Mar 22, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 5 months lgbt, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and sleeping

Potoula is so patient, caring and wise!

Written by C.H. on Mar 22, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 1 month depression, and family

Potoula has been amazing. From the very beginning she has created a place for me to feel comfortable and safe. She has done nothing but help me, make me smile and in some instances laugh. Highly recommend!

Written by A.N on Mar 06, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I really appreciate Potoula! I've been through Betterhelp before but I feel like Potoula listens to me. AND I like her strengths-based approach. It's nice to have someone to talk to, or know that someone will be there when I'm having anxiety.

Written by J.I. on Mar 05, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks trauma and abuse

This service is one of those things that leaves you wondering why it hadn't been invented a few years ago.

Written by V.I on Feb 26, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and bipolar

She is really helpful, I feel like she understands me.

Written by Z.A on Feb 17, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, family, trauma and abuse, and career

Good listening skills, friendly and personable. Provides good advice and methods to achieve your goals.

Written by B.A on Feb 13, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and bipolar

Potoula has been invaluable to me in working out issues in my life. She has led me, mostly with very astute questions, into new ways of thinking that is a good beginning for stability in my life. I cannot say enough good things about her to fully do her justice.

Written by A.N. on Feb 09, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 1 week depression, and relationship

Potoula Diaz helped me a lot in all my crisis. Extremely competent! I recommend Potoula to anyone who has any problem.
She really helped me. I'm truly thankful for her help!

Written by P.E on Jan 30, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks addictions

Potuala Diaz has helped me tremendously in the short time we have been communicating. I was uncertain about the modality of counseling over the internet but the realisations have been most enlightening about my condition.

Written by E.L on Jan 29, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks family, self esteem, and career

Potoula is very caring and very positive. She is helping me control my anxiety and also to have a better understanding of my life. I am very glad I've been assigned to her as my counsellor.
Her advice has been very helpful to me and she's able to help me have a new, positive, vision about my life and my problems.

Written by T.E on Jan 03, 2017 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks relationship, and self esteem

She has good advice and listens to what you have to say to really get to the root of the problem.

Written by E.R on Dec 29, 2016 after counseling with Potoula for 2 weeks addictions, relationship, family, and grief

She is an out of this world person effective at communicating great concepts. She really has been a godsend to me and has helped me find my way in a difficult time.

Written by T.E on Dec 11, 2016 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and anger

After every conversation, I am left feeling calm and hopeful about the day ahead. I can say anything without fear of judgement. This has truly been a positive and helpful experience.

Written by K.A on Jul 29, 2016 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and self esteem

Potoula Diaz is like a friend - concerned and helpful. She never forgets what you are dealing with and is sympathetic. I like her very much.

Written by S.A on Jul 18, 2016 after counseling with Potoula for 3 months stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

It's nice to have someone to talk to. She's very comforting.

Written by C.H on Jun 22, 2016 after counseling with Potoula for 5 months relationship, and trauma and abuse

Potoula is very strength based and approachable. She has good insights, is always willing to attach helpful resources, and has made this experience so wonderful.

Written by D.E on Feb 18, 2016 after counseling with Potoula for 5 months stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and depression

Potoula has helped me make significant progress towards working with my PTSD, as well as helping me to deal with a new chronic illness that has change my life drastically. She has never come off as judging or condemning me, she clarifies if she doesn't quite understand something I said, and I feel like she actually cares about me and my progress. She never pushes the issue if we stumble upon something I'm not ready to talk about yet, but waits until I feel comfortable opening up about it on my own. She even remembers the names of important people and events in my life. I really enjoy working with her.

Written by H.U on Feb 16, 2016 after counseling with Potoula for 7 months stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, grief, self esteem, career, and depression

Potoula is a great therapist and I am going through a very difficult change in life. Everything stable has been turned upside down and my existing relationships are no longer relevant especially with regards to my difficult developments. I can't imagine sifting through my rambling writings and producing a sincere and thoughtful not mention helpful response that can incite positive thoughts. She is prompt in response and believes in you as her patient. When I signed up for better help, I didn't think I would get someone so personable as Potoula.

Written by N.I on Feb 16, 2016 after counseling with Potoula for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, anger, and depression

Potoula has been so helpful. I really have been seeing a change in the way that I think and feel about myself. Thank you so much!

Written by E.Q on Dec 28, 2015 after counseling with Potoula for 1 month

She has been very helpful.

Written by C.A on Dec 05, 2015 after counseling with Potoula for 4 months stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and depression

She is amazing. She was picked for her experience in the type of issues that I've been having, and honestly I couldn't have been matched with a better person. She's understanding and helpful, while staying objective, which is exactly what I need. She's also really logical in her explanations, which is also a big help. Thanks Potoula!

Written by S.T on Dec 02, 2015 after counseling with Potoula for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, self esteem, and depression

Poutoula has been very attentive, intuitive, and understanding. She has done a fantastic job of coaching me along using a style that I am comfortable with.

Written by Q.U on Nov 15, 2015 after counseling with Potoula for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, self esteem, career, and depression

Working with Potoula has been great. I was unsure about her and her methods at first, but when I expressed my concerns to her she was more than willing to alter how she interacts with me. She's always willing to listen and work out a system that works best for me and my needs. We are open and honest with each other and that's how it should be.

Written by M.I on Nov 08, 2015 after counseling with Potoula for 4 days

I recently reached out to Potoula because I had literally no one to talk to in life. She has been so caring and helpful! I really like how quickly she responded to my messages and non-judgemental way that she offered advice and coping strategies. I will use this service again in the future! I even told one of my friends how helpful this website is!

Written by C.L on Nov 05, 2015 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, and depression

So far I have been able to relate well with my counsellor Potoula Diaz. I notice that she uses a person-centered approach which I believe is important in a counsellor-client relationship. Potoula also uses Cognitive behavioural therapy and I think some of the suggestions she has given me would prove beneficial if I were to use them. My only criticism would be that a couple of times I felt she was being slightly judgmental, sort of making assumptions instead of being accepting of what I was disclosing to her. Apart from that, I am happy to continue receiving therapy from Potoula and I hope to develop a more open and trusting relationship with her.

Written by B.E on Aug 07, 2015 after counseling with Potoula for 3 weeks

Potoula is very kind and patient. She seems to actually be invested in me, which is really nice. She seems quite knowledgeable. My only complaint is that I'm not sure if she quite understands how inept at this stuff I am. I really do need to be told every single step. Usually with a few questions I can clarify exactly what she wants me to do though.