Candace Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor

Candace Wheeler, LPC, CDBT, NCC

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Restoration 1:99 (R1:99)provides clinical and non-clinical programs and services to survivors of complex trauma (military, sexual assault, bullying, DV, etc.) and their families. We integrate mid-brain modalities such as visual art, music, movement, drama, and writing with psychotherapy. We are a non-profit that has licensed therapists and teaching artist in DC, MD, & VA.

I am certified in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trained in EMDR II, and working on sensorymotor psychotherapy (SP) Level I. The majority of our clients are those who have been in traditional talk therapy for years and are not getting better.
At R1:99, we start with mid-brain interventions such as visual art, music, movement, etc. and combine them with DBT. Expressive therapies are the language of the mid-brain where most complex trauma survivors are stuck. These modalities then push up into the left pre-frontal cortex and the survivor can now put words to their artistic expression.
For those who are interested in processing their traumatic memories, we prefer SP over EMDR. EMDR targets the first or worst memory with the hope of catching lesser memories in the process. EMDR does not teach the client to regulate themselves and it does not erase traumatic memories; it simply changes the relationship that the client has with the memory.
We now know that trauma will lodge itself in the body and so, we need to work with it there. SP is an excellent tool as it is kind, gentle, and done in small increments. It can also be used in phase I of treatment that focuses on safety and stabilization.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Adoption & Fostering
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Binge Eating
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Criminal Justice Involvement
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Law Enforcement/First Responders
  • Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sex And/Or Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Offenders
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Violence
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Art Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dance Or Movement Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Biracial
  • Black
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Military Families
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Veterans

Faith Based Specialties

  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$170.00 - $170.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Health Savings Account (HSA), Venmo

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Licensed Professional Counselor
District of Columbia
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Regent University
MA, Clinical Counseling