Wednesday Apr 26, 2023

Journey of Reflection – A Healing Journey ~ Guest, Helen Marie Diaz

Journey of Reflection – A Healing Journey ~ Guest, Helen Marie Diaz

Let's Talk Wellness - with Host, Mara James 

Childhood trauma can leave invisible scars as well as visible ones.  And they often go unacknowledged until things build to a breaking point. For some, it sets the perfect storm for a break down to be a break through. This week, Mara welcomes Helen Marie Diaz to share her experience of breaking down, breaking through and becoming free to inspire others to their own healing journey. 

At nearly 50 years old, Helen began clinical therapy for the first time and was diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and depression. As a survivor of physical and emotional child abuse by her father, Helen started writing poetry to help her process the trauma while in clinical therapy. Reading her poems in therapy helped her through this journey of understanding, overcoming, and healing. That is when Helen decided to publish her poems in her new book called Journey of Reflection, A collection of Poems 

Helen is a proud Chicana, born in East Los Angeles (ELA), California. Growing up in a low-income, unstable household, Helen is the first and only child among 10 siblings to obtain a college education.  

Helen has over 30 years of experience working in the non-profit field. She served in senior management positions managing critical programs and helping others to overcome their own adversities. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in Public Health from Capella University. Helen is now working as a speaker, trainer, podcaster, and consultant to bring greater awareness of the effects of childhood trauma with the mission to destigmatize mental health. 

Find Helen’s book Journey of Reflection, A Collection of Poems on her website - 

Find more with Helen at 

Or on Facebook @InspirationbyHelen, and Instagram @inspirational_helen, and LinkedIn @helen-diaz-acevez 


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"Let's Talk Wellness" was inspired by the desire to share the HUGS center with the world! The mission of the HUGS center is to bridge the gap between medical professionals and approved holistic healers. ELF is excited to share the many amazing healers and practitioners that are part of the HUGS center as an invitation to change the ideas and conversations around mental health. 

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