Meet Candace Strother

Life in the metro Washington DC area is fast paced, high pressure and stressful. It’s easy to feel like you are succeeding but not thriving. Counseling can awaken the possibilities, ignite change and unlock the deeper potential in your life.

I practice from an integrative perspective rooted in a deep belief that the human mind and body are designed to move to a place of healing, wholeness and balance. I understand that in order for you to move beyond roadblocks and achieve your full potential we must together explore how to restore balance in mind and body.

Successful counseling has three elements: a willing client, a competent and attuned therapist and most importantly a dynamic between the two that allows safe exploration of the past, while maintaining a solution focus in the present.

We work as a team, setting goals and imagining what you envision for your future while we reprocess troubling memories and resolve issues that are holding you back in the present.

Candace Strother Bio

Candace Strother LCSW, CHC is a licensed psychotherapist and certified health coach. Her business, Daybreak Wellness Solutions, provides innovative and integrative strategies for improving mental health and physical wellbeing.

Mental Health

With 15 years experience providing behavioral health care in private practice, community mental health clinics and inpatient settings, Candace works with adults and teens to resolve anxiety and depression, improve relationships, rebuild after setback and loss, navigate life transitions and enhance business, academic and athletic performance.

She has specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma, crisis intervention, critical incident stress management, motivational interviewing and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

Community Involvement

Candace is active in community and civic activities. She was appointed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to a three year term on the Loudoun Health Council and led efforts to develop a county wide wellness initiative. She advised Project HOPE, an international health education non-profit, on strategies to create federal policy alliances to enhance its medical diplomacy initiatives by organizing the first VIP embark of CEO’s to the Dominican Republic on the Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort. She also previously volunteered with the American Red Cross and served as a volunteer Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Health Coaching

In addition to mental health counseling, as a certified health coach and wellness educator, Candace provides integrative health services to individuals, groups and organizations on how to manage stress, achieve healthy weight, curb food cravings, increase energy, and improve mood through nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Training and Seminars

She is an author and conducts workshops and seminars on a variety of health and wellness topics with a specialized focus on the connection between food and mood. She conducts both half and full day continuing education trainings for behavioral health clinicians entitled Nutrition and the Brain: Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Mental Health.

Other Experience and Education

Candace has additional training in grief and loss, working with Public Safety personnel, attachment issues, and Internal Family Systems.

She received her master’s degree, MSW, from Virginia Commonwealth University and is licensed to practice in Virginia. She received her health coach certification through Columbia University, Teachers College and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, NY. She holds a BA cum laude in both English and Economics & Business Administration from Hillsdale College. She also attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program Managing Change and Trinity College, Oxford.

Professional Associations

Candace is a member of the EMDR International Association.


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