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Ray Estefania is a Psychotherapist, Certified Addiction Professional and Cerified Intervention Professional specializing in evaluations, drug and alcohol counseling, educational and therapeutic consulting, intervention and placement services to those suffering from addiction and other mental health issues. Mr. Estefania works with adolescents, adults and families and much of his practice is geared toward helping individuals become more productive in order to lead happy, healthy, successful lives. Ray also provides concierge level crisis and case management to clients and their families, as well as recovery and life coaching.

With over 20 years experience as a counselor and addiction specialist and as a graduate of  University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy, he is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, substance and process addictions, ADHD, and bipolar disorder.  Mr. Estefania has developed a special expertise for working with adolescents and young adults however he is very comfortable working with older adults, couples and parents also.

In addition to being a prominent psychotherapist and addiction professional, Mr. Estefania is Co-Founder and Executive Director Director of Family Recovery Specialists, an outpatient treatment program and consulting practice. He has been the Director of two very well known and respected hospital based chemical dependency programs, including South Miami Hospital's Adolescent Program, where he was for 11 years. He is a frequent guest on both radio and television programs on many topics including addiction, recovery and parenting. Mr. Estefania is considered an expert in his field and has been called on to provide education and consultation to physicians, nurses, mental health professionals, school administrators and parent organizations on topics related to chemical dependency and recovery. In addition, he provides expert witness testimony in legal cases involving substance abuse and dependency. Mr Estefania specializes in working with very diverse, mulitcultural families as he understands the different cultural needs and is uniquely qualified to work with families locally, nationally and internationally. 

Ray Estefania is a dynamic, directive and solution-focused therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With firm compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Education


Mr. Estefania recieved his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his graduate degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor,  a Certified Addiction Professional in the state of Florida and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In addition, he has received extensive training in the treatment of co-occuring disorders as well as in a family based approach to the treatment of substance abuse in adolescents. He attends trainings and workshops regularly to receive continuing education and to stay current with advancements in his field. In addition, he travels regularly to visit programs so he can have the latest information on therapeutic resources available across the country for individuals and families.


License, Certifications & Awards


Certified Intervention Professional - PCB #I0049

Licensed Mental Health Counselor - State of Florida #MH8639

Certified Addiction Professional - State of Florida #CAP2051

Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor #18915

Qualified as expert in substance abuse by Miami-Dade County Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court

Approved Provider for Professionals Resource Network (PRN)

Approved Provider Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN)



Additional Training Mr. Estefania has received extensive training and supervision at University of Miami's Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (CTRADA) in the Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) approach to adolescent substance abuse. In addition, Ray has been trained in Johnson, Systemic Family Intervention and the evidence-based ARISE models of intervention. He regularly attends workshops and conferences on various topics including addiction, mental health issues, treatment of co-occuring disorders and intervention.


Professional Activities and Memberships


Mr. Estefania is a Professional member of the American Counseling Association, an Individual member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and a member of the Network of Independent Interventionists. He is also a member of the City of South Miami's Drug Free Coalition and a member of the Board of Directors for Informed Families, The Florida Family Partnership. In addition, he sits on the Advisory Board for The Health Information Project, a school based health education program which increases awareness and access to healthcare for students. Recently Ray was asked to sit on the Board of Directors of a new organization called the Therapeutic Consulting Association (TCA) dedicated to the field of educational and therapeutic consutling. 

Here is a link to a presentation Mr. Estefania did at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School for Red Ribbon week 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRvWv_d_E64


 

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