My education includes my Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Campbell University in North Carolina. I completed my graduate studies in Social Work at University of North Carolina in Wilmington.
I have practiced behavioral therapy for eight years following my 2012 graduation from University of North Carolina in Wilmington. The populations I have served during that time have varied greatly. I have worked with children under 10 whose behaviors disrupted the success they could accomplish at home, school, and other environments that they were in. I also helped children ages 12-19 who were needing behavioral health services to identify their needs and how they could go about having their needs met that also allowed them to meet the societal needs placed on them. Societal needs being: appropriate school performance, eliminating or reducing involvement in the juvenile justice system, and improving interactions with those within the child's home. For years, I worked with adults with dual diagnoses of mental health and developmental disability. I am currently working with the military population where I do individual and couples therapy.
My treatment approaches include learning what brings my clients joy, what they enjoy doing, who is important to them, and goals they have. I then dig deep into these elements to identify value system, core values, and how clients view themselves. From there, I ask in what way can I assist them to get to the destination they want to get to. The destination can be a mental, emotional, or physical. Also, the destination can be interpersonal. The therapeutic models that I use to aid me in helping my clients are: narrative therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. I have experience with clients that have symptoms of anxiety, trauma, depression, PTSD, low self-esteem, poor self image, self-critical, impulsivity related to anger, difficulty adjusting, grief, and loss.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexual Dysfunction, Traumatic Brain Injury, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Written on Jun 27, 2023 after therapy with Candace for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
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Written on Oct 21, 2022 after therapy with Candace for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and adhd
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Written on Aug 29, 2021 after therapy with Candace for 11 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and adhd
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She listens and provides feedback, but it is very much a judgement free zone.
She helps me solve my issues myself and checks in with me to see how I am doing during the week.
I would love to continue with her because she is worth it, but I want to step away from some months due to the financial cost of counseling.
Written on Apr 11, 2021 after therapy with Candace for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue
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Written on Oct 05, 2020 after therapy with Candace for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd