Hi, my name is Candace McDonald and I am a Registered Mental Health Intern in the state of Florida. I was born and raised on the luxurious island of Kingston, Jamaica, but decided to venture outside my comfort zone to work in the mental health field. I have always been drawn to the healthcare field and have studied medicine for a short period of time, with the hopes of becoming a psychiatrist. Although the trajectory of my life changed, my passion and desire to work in the mental healthcare field remained unaffected. I completed my degree at California Southern University with a Master’s of Science in Psychology. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in the mental health field for a little over 3 years in total. I worked as a Mentor, Health Promotions Officer, Mental Health Targeted Case Manager, Psychosocial Rehabilitative Specialist, Medical Assistant and Juvenile Probation Officer. The many hats I’ve worn over time, equipped me with the knowledge and skills to work with varying populations: couples, families, the LGBT+, and trauma and abuse survivors. With the belief that the mind, body and soul are connected I employ a person-centered approach. Instead of viewing a person as innately flawed with behavioral issues, immoral thoughts and feelings that require treatment, helping one to realize they have the capacity for personal growth and change is the highest therapeutic achievement. I am servicing clients through self pay at this time.