Candace McWhinnie | Advanced Clinical Intern

In therapy we remember the word “US,” because you are not alone in this. You’ve been brave to make a step to better your mental health, and now you have a partner alongside you. In our time together we will collaborate in full transparency, hold onto hope, and create trust as we go through this process together.

You may experience depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or have trauma from your past. You may wonder why you feel alone in these thoughts, or see that others close to you are dealing with similar issues, but may not know how to tackle them. You may even have never considered, until now, that there is assistance you can get on your journey of self-exploration through mental health! There is no shame in seeking out support.

Being an African American woman in the mental health sector can leave me feeling like I’m a unicorn. I grew up in an evangelical home that did not believe in mental health, and more times than not prayed for freedom from the anxiety I had but received no real help. I know what it feels like to be alone during a mental health crisis. As an adult, I began seeing a therapist. Therapy  has changed my life immensely. Through my own hard work with inviting someone into my self process and experience healing I very much believe in healing for others. 

If any of this speaks to you, I would encourage you to reach out to me. I would love to meet you where you are in your current journey seeing where we could go in the future! You don’t have to have it all together, just a beginning is enough. If you and I never work together I hope we can be mutually encouraged by this quote:

“You are the one thing in this world, above all other things, that you must never give up on. When I was in middle school, I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression and the help and support I received from my family and a therapist saved my life. Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know.” 

— Lili Rhinehart  

Clinical Residency through: January 2021 – May 2021
Therapeutic Orientation & Technique:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

Mindfulness & Acceptance  


Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Candace’s Areas of Specialty & Background

PTSD & Trauma

Church Hurt & Spirituality

Dating & Relationship

Children & Adolescents

Anxiety & Depression 

Life Transitions

Identity & Self Concept 

Couples Work

Academic Background

In Progress, M.A. in Social Work Children & Families, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

B.A. in Sociology, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ


“Candace has and will always be like a diary to me. I feel like I can tell her anything without judgment and fear.”

“I don’t feel any walls between us like I might with others. When I’m around Candace I’m confident I’ve got a non biased person in my corner, and don’t feel any fear to just vent!”


“There are very few people I have shared my trauma with. I had never felt that therapy was helpful until I began talking with Candace and realized she is human and wants the absolute best for me.“


“Candace isn’t just listening, she’s engaged! I can see a change in things that seems so simple, like how I view myself or speak to myself, that I know she’s taught me.” 


Articles by Candace

Coming soon! Enjoy other content from our therapists till then

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene

Written by therapist Megan Hanafee-MajorI think every year one of my New Year resolutions is to get more sleep. I can’t imagine that I am alone in this. Sleep is one of the most important factors in our physical and mental health, it supports our ability to learn and...