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Candace Shim(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Adolescent mental health- Anxiety -College & graduate student mental health-Life coaching-Life purpose & meaning-Women's issues-

Many health insurance plans reimburse 50-80% of session fees with out-of-network therapists. Learn if your plan qualifies.

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Professional statement

Candace Shim, LMHC, CSAC, is a Bradenton, FL-based mental health therapist who specializes in providing teens, young adults, adults, and parents with support during life transitions. Drawing from her expertise as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified School Counselor, she helps clients navigate parenthood, divorce, and other behavioral issues, teaching them practical strategies to overcome emotional distress, create stronger relationships, and promote personal growth. Candace is committed to assisting clients in finding new ways to lead happier, healthier, an dmore fullfilled lives.

Candace adopts an understanding and strengths-based approach to her work with clients. She specializes in helping those struggling with a range of mental health issues, such as anxiety, low self-confidence, transitions, mid-life crises, and the empty nest syndrome. Understanding the difficulty that can come with pursuing mental health treatment, Candace strives to create an environment of acceptance and comfort for her clients as they take their journey towards improved wellbeing. Her practice incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) tactics to help her clients recognize and counter unhealthy thoughts and thoughts which limit self-confidence. In addition, she educates her clients on communication and problem-solving techniques, assisting them in developing skills to strengthen their personal relationships.

Candace is passionate about helping the people she works with reach their goals and bring about positive change in their lives. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Systems from Florida State University and is an active partner and collaborator in her clients’ healing processes. Candace instills her clients with warmth and encouragement as they work toward personal growth.

Message to clients

I look forward to working with you to meet your goals of boosting your confidence, reducing anxiety, improving relationships, and helping you create a happier life. I understand that all of these goals are essential components of a healthy lifestyle and can help you find the best possible solution to meet your individual needs.

My practice offers personalized therapies tailored to each client’s unique situation. My therapies and treatment methods include both traditional and evidence-based techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing. These evidence-based therapies can help you develop effective coping techniques and strategies to help manage anxiety, build confidence, and establish healthier relationships.

I also offer in-depth goal-setting sessions to ensure you can successfully establish and maintain the changes you are striving for, and give you the necessary tools to create a happier life.

I am here to support you and am looking forward to helping you reach your goals in the journey to better mental health. If you have any additional questions or would like to make an appointment, please do not hesitate to schedule a consultation today.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 28 years

Tranquility Counseling Center, Therapist/Owner
Polk County Public Schools, Counselor
Center for Drug Free Living, Counselor/Director
Orange County Public Schools, Counselor

Florida State University , MS/EdS Counseling and Human Systems, 1996


Florida: MH5879




Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

Currently accepting virtual clients


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Florida Blue
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

Get reimbursed for sessions with Candace Shim

Many health insurance plans reimburse 50-80% of session fees with out-of-network therapists. Learn if your health insurance plan qualifies.

  • Individual sessions:$130 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I use Grow, Headway, and Alma for insurance billing.

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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