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Warmer Professional Katie

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I believe in a holistic approach that focuses on a patient’s strengths. The mind, body, and spirit need to be addressed for a successful outcome. I work with my clients to recognize symptoms and develop an integrative model of therapy that will address the whole person and their specific needs. My areas of interest are trauma, PTSD, abuse, complex trauma, dissociation, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, Lyme and autoimmune, depression, anxiety, OCD, transitional issues, chronic illness, substance abuse and college and career counseling. I provide individual, family and group counseling and works with adults and adolescents. I am integrative and draw from many different modalities including, EMDR, somatic psychotherapy, Natural Processing, expressive therapy, family systems theory, attachment theory and cognitive behavioral theory.

A consistent theme I’ve heard from patients is that I excel at recognizing symptoms and developing a treatment plan.  I am a trauma informed therapist and have completed advanced training with the Ferentz Institute with a certification in trauma. I am also a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and a full member of EMDRIA. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This detoxes the neuro-physiological system, letting it free itself of blockages, and reconnect. EMDR is an integrative approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective in the treatment of trauma.

I have advanced training in integrating somatic psychotherapy with EMDR, called Natural Processing. It is a process-oriented somatic therapy that decreases or soothes the trauma that is remembered in the body where you “feel” triggered. Natural Processing can be appropriate for trauma, anxiety, illness, phobias, panic attacks, autoimmune, PTSD and many other emotional issues. It can be particularly helpful for Lyme and autoimmune patients because it is an emotional detox that helps the body restore and repair.

I am comfortable counseling from a faith-based perspective and incorporating prayer when it fits my client’s existing beliefs and needs.

Katie's Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Advanced Trauma Certification from the Ferentz Institute
  • Member of EMDR International Association
  • Certified EMDR Therapist
  • Natural Processing Certification: Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy with EMDR
  • Lyme Literate Counselor

Prior Work Experience:

  • Therapist: Outpatient program at Catholic Charities
    Focus: Diagnoses and treatment plans
  • Therapist: Partial Inpatient program
    Focus: Mental health groups & severe mental illness
  • Therapist: Wrap-Around Program
    Focus: Youth with autism & behavioral issues
  • Counselor: Community College
    Focus: Academic & Career counseling, designing model to address mental health
  • Counselor: Substance Abuse
    Focus: Intake and group therapy

Lyme Literate

“I personally went undiagnosed with Lyme disease for years, the struggles I
encountered were real. I have a unique understanding of autoimmune and
Lyme disease and its impact on emotional health.” – Katie Chandler

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Real People - Trauma

CONFIDENCE AFTER TRAUMA

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42 year old Jill*, diagnosed with PTSD, had a background of childhood abuse and stomach issues. Presented with waking anxiety in the mornings and GI complaints related to remembering early abuse. I started Natural Processing (Somatic EMDR) with her. Over a few months her anxiety was greatly reduced where she was not waking up with the same panic in the morning. Her stomach issues had improved where she was no longer having as many issues with food and gastroparesis. She was feeling more calm and able to talk about the abuse with her family, which she had never disclosed. She is now looking to be an advocate for others. quoteback

Real People. Real Struggles.

Lyme is uniquely and particularly challenging because it has a tendency to isolate the patient, leaving them misunderstood by others. The symptoms and struggles are real, but perhaps more than any other illness I’ve worked with, its validity is questioned, its affects misunderstood—even by loved ones.

When I personally went undiagnosed with Lyme disease for years, the struggles I encountered were real. I have a unique understanding of autoimmune and Lyme disease and its impact on emotional health. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed living life, a wonderful marriage, and meaningful work as a registered Lyme Literate Therapist.

Common Struggles I’ve Seen:

Isolation and being misunderstood: Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships. Difficulty maintaining a place in society because of inconsistencies in wellness

Stigma from friends or institutions: “It’s always Lyme with you” “Hypochondriac” “Lazy” “You’re just depressed” “It’s all in your head”

Fear of never getting better: Fear to even be hopeful. Fear that comes from lacking a plan or failure to see progress

Frustration from missing out on life: When someone is no longer able to do the things they used to do, or should be able to do at their stage of life—be it college, romantic relationships, building a career, being a mother or father and it can be frustrating

Trauma exacerbating Lyme symptoms: Often patients aren’t aware of existing trauma, or the connections between their trauma and Lyme

Poor Treatment: Misdiagnosis, one-dimensional or ineffective treatment, lack of support from insurance companies

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CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.

Expressive Therapy

the use of art, music, creative writing and play within the context of psychotherapy

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This detoxes the neuro-physiological system, letting it free itself of blockages, and reconnect. EMDR is an integrative approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective in the treatment of trauma.

Holistic

a therapeutic approach which addresses the interactions and connections of a person’s mind, body, and spirit

Integrative

combined and tailored approach to psychotherapy. Integrative therapists believe there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations

Natural Processing

Utilizes EMDR integrated with Somatic Psychotherapy or process-oriented somatic therapy to decrease the trauma that is remembered in the body where you “feel” triggered. Natural Processing can be appropriate for trauma, anxiety, illness, phobias, panic attacks, autoimmune, PTSD and many other emotional problems.

Real People - Grief

A Struggle with Low Grade Depression and Fatigue

workshop-quote-leftJessica* struggled with low-grade depression and fatigue. She also suffered from shin pain and eye issues. She was 32 years old and had recently suffered a miscarriage—when she came in she wanted to talk through the grief. After an initial evaluation I decided to refer her to my Lyme Literate practitioner in order to be tested for Lyme and coinfections. To her surprise, it was confirmed that she had bartonella, a coinfection of Lyme, which likely contributed to her miscarriage. Once treated, there were clear improvements to her symptoms and she was able to carry a healthy baby to full term.quoteback

“I work with my clients to recognize symptoms and develop an integrative model of therapy
that will address the whole person and their specific needs.”

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Real People - Abuse

A professional woman at 51 years old

workshop-quote-leftDebbie* had a background of sexual abuse and autoimmune issues. Fatigue was always an issue, and for a long time during her commutes to work she had to pull off to the side of the road to take naps. She began seeing me for EMDR therapy to treat the trauma related to the abuse. After one session of EMDR, she reported that she no longer had to take breaks on her commute. She was even sleeping better at night and was feeling more empowered in her relationships. EMDR removes emotional blocks and helps the brain process old traumas effectively. For Debbie, removing that emotional block helped her experience immediate physical improvement.

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Using a holistic and strengths-based approach in counseling

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Katie’s Locations

Ashburn, VA

Fairfax, VA

Send Katie a Confidential Message
via email at kchandler@findingyoursolution.com

Katie Chandler, LCSW

Finding Solutions Counseling Centers
email: kchandler@findingyoursolution.com
Phone: 703.636.2888 ext. 9
Ashburn: 44081 Pipeline Plaza, Suite 320, Ashburn, VA 20147
Fairfax: 3921 Old Lee Hwy Suite #73B, Fairfax, VA 22030

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