Dr. Candice Porter received a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1984 and began working as a psychologist at Mass Bay Counseling in 1987, later becoming an equity partner in the practice. Her approach to therapy is multifaceted. She still adheres to Carl Rogers edict to: “meet the client at his or her frame of reference” and this informs her varying approaches. Someone may be new to therapy and it may be frightening for them. Some clients are going through difficult times and need a lot of support and encouragement. Some clients want a more directive approach with homework assignments and action plans involving deep healing work often of a spiritual nature. Sometimes people just feel down and are not sure what they need. Dr. Porter always works with her clients to set goals that are measureable; this shows how she and her clients are progressing as a team in helping them feel better, stronger, healthier and more joyful.
Dr. Porter specializes in adjustment disorders, compulsive overeating and weight loss issues, depression, grief and loss issues, trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, divorce issues, life transitions, anxiety and panic disorder, phobias like agoraphobia and fear of flying. She works with couples and also does marital counseling. Additionally, she works with women’s issues and spirituality matters. Dr. Porter also addresses a range of relationship issues including guiding single people toward finding a life mate.
Techniques Dr. Porter is trained in include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, which is a cognitive and behavioral processing technique that helps integrate and resolve traumatic experiences and their symptoms. She has advanced training in Energy Psychology which is a family of integrative approaches to psychotherapy that work with the mind – body connection for rapid relief of traumas, stress, and limiting beliefs. Interventions she often uses are assertiveness training, anger management, visual imagery and role playing. She also teaches meditation and relaxation techniques.
When not working, Dr. Porter enjoys walking, bicycling, playing piano, reading novels, watching movies, listening to storytellers, cooking and spending time with loved ones, human, canine and feline. She enjoys her work as a therapist immensely and she looks forward to working with you!