My Background


Candace N. English ms, mfa, mft

my practice
art therapy


Candace English distinguished herself as a performing artist, writer and director before turning to mental health work in her forties. In addition to her award winning accomplishments as a student of traditional Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, she also holds a Certificate in Art Therapy and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Music. Her experience in the arts initially led Candace to a study of the various applications of art, drama and music to psychotherapy. While not every client is seeking to explore personal growth and relationship issues through an art experience, her knowledge of expressive arts and imaginal processes are part of what makes Candace English unique as a therapist and mentor. No matter what the presenting issues may be, Candace brings to the experience of psychotherapy a spirit of innovation and a mature, creative mind.


• Educational and Clinical Experience

Degrees, Licenses, Certificates
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC #39377 (2002)
private practice in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Dominican University, 1998
Certificate in Art Therapy, Univ. of California Berkeley Extension, 1999
Master of Fine Arts in Music, University of Iowa, 1974

Additional Mental Health - Related Training
Grief Counseling Training, Marin Suicide Prevention and CCS, June 1995.
Volunteer training with Hospice of Marin, 1994. Volunteer for one year.
Parents United, two 12-week sessions, mixed group, 1994-5.
Cancerport, primary support person of cancer survivor, 1990-96.
German Language Study, Goethe Institute, Boppard, Germany, 1978-79.

Psychotherapy Internships
Private Practice Internship, 2001-2002, Petaluma and Sebastopol
Supervisor: Jane Allard Allen MFT
Petaluma Learning and Guidance Center, Sept. 1999 - June 2001 Elementary school guidance counselor; On-site group and individual child counseling and art therapy, staff and family consultation, crisis work, community outreach. Drama Therapy with Special Day Class. Supervisors: Mary Steinberg MFT & Charles Wattenberg, MFT
Marin General Hospital, Humanities Program, March - Sept. 1999. "Art at the Bedside," individual therapy for clients struggling with illness and/or pain issues, group therapy for cancer survivors. Supervisor: Wende Heath, MFT, ATR
Center for Psychotherapy, Oct. 1998 - Oct. 1999, San Rafael, CA, Individual, couple and family counseling, art therapy. Supervisor: Marianne Stefancic, MA, MFCC, ATR-BC
Novato Youth Services Bureau, May 1997 - July 1998. Family therapy / lead art therapy groups at North Marin High School. Supervisor: Charlene Kelzer, MA, MFCC, ATR
San Rafael Police Youth Services, Sept. 1996 - July 1997. Family Therapy and Diversion Appointments for San Rafael Police. Middle School Counseling: individual and group art therapy. Supervisor: Pat Carson, MS, MFCC

• Professional History

Grants and Awards
*1998 Robert Shukraft Award, voted by students of the Department
of Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California:
"in recognition of outstanding service for inspiring students to believe in themselves."
San Francisco Art Commission, 1994; California Arts Council Artist In Residence Grants, 1992-94 (original theater and music projects for public schools and special education); Zellerbach Family Fund Grants, 1989 and 1992; Hollywood Drama-Logue Award, 1985; Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, 1985; Tuition Scholarship: Goethe Institute, Germany, 1977; Best New Ensemble (with Jon English) Gaudeamus Foundation, The Netherlands, 1975; Tanglewood Fellowship for Voice, 1973.

Public Service and Community Arts
Member, Mayor Feinstein’s Task Force for the Mission, 1986. Program Coordinator of Theater Artaud in San Francisco, 1984-86. Founder/Director of Music in the Blood, a 16-voice chorus of the San Francisco theater community, own non-profit status, 1987-95. Member, Board of Directors of Theater Artaud, San Francisco, 1987-88. Musical Director of Youth Performance Workshop, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, 1992. Substitute Teacher, K-12, Sonoma Cty, 2000-2002. Musical director for Actors Theatre in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Repertory Summer Childrens’ programs, 2002.


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