Abby Candelari

Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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The type of therapy that I specialize in is therapy for anxiety disorders, OCD, adjustment, and perinatal and postpartum issues. My clients may feel like they have stressors holding them down, have difficulties functioning healthily in relationships, may feel weighed down by physical and emotional problems related to anxiety, and many have experienced traumatic experiences. Therapy can help with all of these issues.

I have been a therapist since 2017 and became fully licensed as a psychologist in 2022. I have worked in community mental health, hospital, and private practice settings. I am passionate about my field of work. I love getting to know each of my clients and watching them heal and grow, building on past experiences to build new coping skills.

My therapeutic approach is primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I tailor my therapeutic approach to each individual, often incorporating aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

I value therapist fit, and I understand the strength that it takes to reach out for help. I take the time to get to know my clients and the people who are important to them. In our first session we will get to know each other and see if we are a good fit for each other. Typically, sessions start off weekly and then become more and more spaced out as you continue to get better and need less support. The goal is for you to be able to use the skills you learn in therapy on your own.

Therapy can have lasting effects on how you view yourself, the world, and your ability to handle whatever comes your way. My goal is to give you the skills you need to live your life with ease and peace of mind.

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, my areas of focus include:
Anxiety | Support for Perinatal and Postpartum Anxiety and Depression | Life Transitions and Adjustment Disorders / Substance use issues

If you’re ready to get started, I always offer a 15-min consult to see if we are a good fit. I’d love to help you or a member of your family get the help they need to live better.

I love being a mother, and am passionate about helping other mothers. I love to spend time outdoors. I always knew that I wanted to be a psychologist, even as a young girl. I find so much joy from my work and am passionate about being a therapist.

More About Abby:

Abby Candelari, Ph.D. grew up in Austin, Texas. Dr. Candelari obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked in two labs, including the Adolescent Development Research Group, graduating with University Honors and Departmental Honors. At the University of Texas, Dr. Candelari received over five scholarships, including an Unrestricted Presidential Endowed Scholarship, which is among the most prestigious awards the University has to offer. After graduation, Dr. Candelari pursued her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Houston, where she was heavily involved in both research and clinical training. She was a graduate student researcher in the Child Temperament, Thoughts, and Emotions Lab (CTTE) from 2016-2020. She received several financial awards as a graduate student including Teaching and Teaching Assistant Fellowships, and two College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) travel awards. She also received a Texas Psychological Foundation Research Proposal Award to fund her dissertation, which piloted a new intervention for mothers of anxious children. Throughout her training, Dr. Candelari obtained clinical experience in a variety of settings including a children’s hospital, private practice, and federally qualified/community health centers. Dr. Candelari also served as the Chief Clinic Assistant at the University of Houston Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), where she supervised trainees and managed the services provided by psychology trainees at UH.

Dr. Candelari has extensive training in exposure and response prevention (ERP) for OCD. Dr. Candelari completed her clinical internship at the OCD Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine, where she treated adults, adolescents, and children with obsessive-compulsive disorder and related anxiety disorders. After obtaining her doctoral degree, she stayed on with the OCD Clinic at Baylor to pursue her postdoctoral fellowship. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Candelari continued to treat individuals with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and provided supervision for two research studies providing treatment to parents of children with autism and anxiety disorders. She continues to supervise trainees at the OCD Clinic.

Currently, Dr. Candelari is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. She is committed to treating mothers struggling with mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Maternal Perinatal Addiction Treatment (MPAT) Clinic at Ben Taub Hospital, where she treats pregnant and postpartum women with anxiety, depression, serious mental illness (SMI), and substance use disorders on a multidisciplinary team.

Dr. Candelari has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has co-authored five book chapters. Dr. Candelari’s research interests lie in developmental psychopathology, and specifically focus on interventions for parents of anxious children, temperamental and parental risk/resilience factors, and how these traits influence psychopathology throughout development. She values continuing education. Dr. Candelari completed the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) training workshop, which is an efficacious parent-based treatment for child and adolescent anxiety disorders and OCD, in 2021. She has presented at, and frequently attends, national and local conferences including the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT).