Carolina Estevez, Psy.D
Dr. Estevez is a clinical psychologist licensed in the State of Florida. She has worked with individuals with Bipolar Disorder and their families in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, partial hospitalization programs (PHP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), community mental health centers, and private practice(s).
She has led both individual and group psychotherapy in these settings for Bipolar Disorder populations, including patients who receive treatment for both Bipolar Disorder and substance use disorders. She has extensive experience in intervention and conducting psychoeducation and family sessions for individuals and families.
Dr. Estevez specializes in providing diagnostic evaluations and assessments for the purposes of diagnosing Bipolar Disorder. She is an expert in utilizing a combination of objective testing, projective assessments, behavioral observations, and in-depth interviewing of the client in order to complete such assessments. She has administered numerous evaluations of applicants for social security disability and vocational rehabilitation.
She has a strong reputation in treating her patients using a tailored approach that balances Cognitive Behavioral interventions, mindfulness, and positive psychology approaches. During this process, Dr. Estevez maintains an empathic, supportive, and encouraging disposition towards the clients she serves. She strongly believes in establishing a therapeutic environment of collaboration with the utmost belief in every client’s inherent ability to achieve recovery and wellness.
Marni Amsellem, Ph.D
Marni Amsellem, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist whose private practice centers around helping clients improve their skills navigating challenges, changing behaviors, and building resilience. She specializes in health psychology, stress and coping. She completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and doctorate work in clinical psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Amsellem is also a researcher and a consultant, who writes about a variety of mental health, relationship, and prevention-focused topics in national magazines. She has created multiple series of guided reflections tools available on several meditation apps and websites.
Additionally, she is currently publishing a series of guided reflection journals with Write.Reflect.Grow. journaling community (www.writereflectgrow.com) and leads live workshops on therapeutic journaling. Visit www.smarthealthpsych.com to learn more, or follow her on twitter @smartpsychreads.
Sarah Freeman, Author
Sarah struggled with the many effects and consequences of Bipolar Disorder throughout much of her young adult life. She first began receiving treatment for her symptoms in her early 30s except the medications were prescribed to treat the serious and debilitating symptoms she experienced: depression, panic attacks, and concentration deficits, among many others, while the underlying reason for these symptoms were unaddressed. This left Sarah feeling chronically hopeless as she struggled and suffered in most aspects of her personal and professional life. She didn’t receive the right treatment because the many physicians and professionals she saw, in her desperate and repeated attempts to find answers were unable to accurately diagnose her for years. It wasn’t until Sarah was 43-years old that her circumstances took an unexpected and life-altering turn. During a psychiatric visit, sought by Sarah after her romantic relationship at the time ended leaving her depressed and suicidal, she learned she had Bipolar Disorder.
Once Sarah came to terms with the diagnosis her life transformed from chaos to hope, healing, and recovery. She received counseling and the right medication for her condition. To develop a better understanding of her illness, she also educated herself extensively about Bipolar Disorder. As she developed a deeper level of knowledge on the disorder, including the best available treatments and the critical methods necessary to prevent relapse, Sarah began sharing her personal experiences, challenges, successes and discoveries through www.bipolarlives.com. Sarah believes that people with Bipolar Disorder can lead a wholesome life.