Our Staff

Candace Strait, Executive Director


Candace began working at the Healing Place in August 2019 as the School Program Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of North Alabama and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families. She has been working in the field of social work for over 25 years, having been licensed as an independent clinical social worker since 2005. Candace’s background primarily includes child welfare, mental health, and geriatrics. Her experience includes having been a therapist, supervisor, as well as providing education, consulting and training to others and serving on several boards and committees in the community. She is married with two children. We are excited to have Candace in this new role.  

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Briana Williams, LMSW, Children and Teen Coordinator

Briana began working at The Healing Place in March 2020. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College and her Master's degree in Social Work from The University of Alabama with the concentration in children, youth, and families. She has worked in the field of Social Work since 2012 and received her Social work license in 2013. Briana has worked in a variety of settings including: AIDS outreach, Community mental health, and transplant services. Briana will provide grief support for children and teens both individually and school groups. She facilitates our children and teen groups from the office. She is passionate about helping children overcome obstacles and become their best selves.

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Katie McWilliams, School Program Coordinator

Katie graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007.  She obtained her Independent Clinical License in 2011 and Private Independent License in 2019.  Katie has worked in a variety of settings including: The Department of Human Resources, Community Mental Health, United States Military, Therapeutic Foster Care, and Residential Substance Abuse.  Katie was the Adult Grief Support Leader for the Healing Place in 2015 and is returning to work as a Grief counselor for children in both individual and school groups. She also sees children and families at the Healing Place and facilitates our adult group. Katie has 3 children of her own, ages 9, 5, and 3.  

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Natasha Bailey Filyaw, Office Manager