Dr. Carleah East is a clinical psychotherapist, licensed mental health counselor, motivational speaker, and author. She is the founding CEO of SMILE Psychology and Associates, LLC and Dr. East’s Sapphire Woman: Pathways organization allows Dr. East to share her dedication to helping others reach their highest potential with the women who need it most. Sapphire Woman: Pathways supports women impacted by incarceration by guiding them through healing painful wounds from the past, building confidence and self-efficacy, and gaining strength by providing pathways of education, therapy, and civic engagement.
Dr. East is the Mental Health Project Director at St. Petersburg College and a popular and respected psychology professor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She completed her PhD in General Psychology at Capella University and maintains professional training certifications from Connect: Suicide Intervention and National Mental Health First Aid.
A proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Dr. East is the author of two books, The Hangover: Overcoming Emotional Addiction and Don’t Wait for Love, Become L.O.V.E. She is a clinical correspondent with BayNews 9 and Channel 10 News, and her motivational speaking work through Dr. East SPEAKS provides keynote addresses, life-purpose coaching, personal and professional development seminars, and community-based workshops on topics including, but not limited to, anxiety, divorce, and emotional addiction across the United States. With laughter and love, Dr. East inspires others to reclaim their power, embrace their truth, and design their destiny.