Tara Candela (She/Her)
I have been a registered nurse since 2004, and also spent a few years working as an attorney while always maintaining some role in nursing. After my own mental health struggles, I found that law wasn’t the best path for me. I returned to nursing with a goal of working in psychiatric nursing so I’d have the opportunity to influence positive change in mental health care because I didn’t have the best experience. Prior to psychiatric nursing, my experience included maternal child, trauma, general medical-surgical nursing, and clinical nursing education. I have been working in psychiatric and mental health nursing since returning to the nursing profession full time in 2017.
I believe each person has unique needs, and I aim to collaboratively develop goals and treatment plans designed to meet those needs. I very much encourage curiosity and active participation in the development of the treatment plan. I likely work best with those who appreciate a high level of autonomy with treatment decisions because ultimately that is what I would like to achieve for those I work with. I have learned that this approach may not be a good fit for all because some may need more direction and less autonomy to feel safe.
Currently, I am doing medication collaboration and brief supportive therapy. I hope to offer more therapeutic modalities in the future after obtaining additional education and training. Currently, I am enrolled in a long term DBT training course.
You can expect to receive education on multiple treatment options while ultimately making your own decisions. However, safety is of greatest importance.I offer a brief call before scheduling an appointment so that we can discuss the possibility of establishing care. It’s a good time to learn whether we may be successful working together.
Post Master’s Certification as Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of South Alabama College of Nursing (2020).
Masters of Science in Nursing (Healthcare Policy), Chamberlain College of Nursing (2014).
Juris Doctorate, Stetson University College of Law (Certification of Concentration in Advocacy)(2010).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of South Florida, (2006).
St. Petersburg College, Associate of Science in Nursing, Associate of Arts (2004).
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licensure in Oregon and Washington