I am licensed in Virginia with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with various issues, including but not limited to depression, PTSD, adoption issues, preparing for adoption, addiction, ADHD, stress and anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management. I have worked with those who are vets, police officers, active military, and other first responders, along with having additional training in military and forensic psychology. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!
Typically, I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), but I will use additional therapies, theories, modalities, and techniques to help you reach your goals. I have specialized training in adoption competency, juvenile competency, TF-CBT, A-CRA, CRA, and CRAFT. I believe in recognizing small changes each person makes, as these grow and develop into big changes one may be seeking when requesting therapy. I am someone who is here to listen and provide support. I believe in allowing clients to help with leading on this journey to better mental health.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Communication Problems, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy
VA LPC 0701011750
I had to search for awhile, but Candace is hands down the best therapist I've found to speak with here. Her ability to critically think and suggest solutions while in the moment are some of the most helpful and grounding times I've experienced with her. Completely recommend, take a chance, you will not be disappointed
Written on Sep 18, 2023 after therapy with Candace for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Candace is one of the most understanding and kind therapists I've ever had. I used to have panic attacks nearly every day but she has taught me some very helpful techniques and now they're maybe once every week and a half. So to sum it up she's super friendly and she's amazing at her job!
Written on Aug 22, 2023 after therapy with Candace for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and lgbt
Candace is such a lovely human being. She is amazing at listening and offering great suggestions that encourages broadening one’s perspective on a given situation. She is personable and professional, very knowledgeable and you can tell she has a great deal of experience doing what she does. It’s so easy to talk to her and every time we have a session I end up having another little epiphany about something I’d never connected with myself before. I’m so glad I got matched with her as my therapist and truly look forward to my appointments. Candace is such a gem.
Written on Aug 15, 2023 after therapy with Candace for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Very professional and understanding.
Written on May 01, 2023 after therapy with Candace for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
Candace is amazing and so understanding. I felt at ease talking to her.
Written on Mar 17, 2023 after therapy with Candace for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd
Ms. Byars is very attentive, good listener, great at making me comfortable and easy to talk to. I would indeed recommend her.
Written on Mar 15, 2023 after therapy with Candace for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and