A nationally recognized researcher and mental health professional, Candice Williams, Ph.D is a Texas native in Columbus, Ohio specializing in mental health counseling and sport performance. A Licensed Professional Counselor at The Ohio State University Athletics Department - Sports Psychology & Wellness Services she provides psychotherapy and wellness programing to student-athletes, coaches and athletic support staff. Previously, Dr. Williams served as a Program Manager for The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA). There, she assisted retired NFL players in all aspects of their transition following the success of their NFL career.
As a mental health professional, not only does she lead with care, she embodies the spirit of service and advocacy while supporting the well-being of athletes. Her passions include developing player centric programs focused on athlete development and transition, content creation on mental health related topics, as well as providing preventative and responsive training to coaches, parents, mental health professionals, and athletics staff on the importance of athlete mental health and wellness.
Over the past 7 years, Dr. Williams has crafted a respected career and professional reputation supporting the personal and emotional development of athletes at various levels of their athletic careers. An experienced professional Dr. Williams is dedicated to building transformational relationships with stakeholders (i.e. athletes, coaches, sports medicine staff, sports performance staff) and developing innovative ways to foster access between athletes and mental health services.
She has been featured in popular press publications such as Men's Health Magazine, NCAA Champion Magazine, and USA Today - Sports. Elevating the conversation on mental health related issues in the sports community is not only her passion, it's her life mission.
WE HAVE TO PUT THE PERSON BEFORE THE STUDENT AND THE ATHLETE OTHERWISE WE ARE AT RIKS OF LOSING ALL THREE.
DR. CANDICE WILLIAMS, LPC
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Dr. Williams has been one the biggest assets in me becoming a better husband father and coach.Since leaving the NFLPA Dr. Williams has recommended me for numerous opportunities and regularly stays in contact. She will go above and beyond for the members on her team. She will be a great addition to any program or organization that is blessed to have her.
Assistant Football Coach at Point University
Former NFL Player
Dr. Williams was extremely professional throughout our ASIST training. She displayed her knowledge and expertise by lecturing, role-plays, and answering our questions and concerns. She created a safe space for individuals to not feel judged as we learned various techniques on how to handle those experiencing suicidal ideation, and allowed for those who may have become overwhelmed with the subject matter to take breaks as needed. Her training allowed me to learn a new skill-set that I will apply in my day to day work/personal life. She is an excellent teacher, and her passion to genuinely want to help others is displayed throughout her technique.
The Trust (Powered by The NFLPA)
Dr. Williams is a dedicated Mental Health professional. When I needed direction, guidance and assistance on certain issues that I and a family member faced she worked with me to make sure the proper help was available. I really admire the timely emails and call backs that I got, speaks volumes of her demonstrating that she cares. I know that has a lot of Former Pros seeking her out for help and I am confidant that she is giving them that special attention like she shows me. I have encouraged other former players to reach out to her if or when they feel the need of help! In closing, Dr. Williams is a great resource for me and all Former Players. I highly recommend her because she is a professional!