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Candace Kensley, BSW, M.Sc(A), CFT

Couple and Family Therapist, Social Worker

Candace Kensley is a licensed Couple and Family Therapist and Social Worker. A member of the order of Social Workers and Couple and Family Therapists of Quebec, Candace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy, both completed at McGill University.

Her passion for treating couples and families began during her training at the Adolescent Eating Disorders Clinic at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, where she worked with the families of the youth who were receiving care. Candace then completed a specialization at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital. With over 8 years of experience working at Batshaw Youth and Family Services, Candace has extensive knowledge of couple and family dynamics.

Given the delicate nature of conflict exploration in couples and families, Candace first works toward creating a therapeutic relationship with her clients, in an open and non-judgmental environment. She always aims to treat the relationship, rather than the individual, and helps the couple/family gain insight into their relational dynamics. Candace uses systemic and psychodynamic approaches when working with families, and has received training in Emotion Focused Couple Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy. These approaches serve her in conceptualizing and understanding the ways in which families/couples develop and maintain their patterns of interaction.

Outside of her passion for couple and family therapy, Candace enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.