abouttite

katie-chandler

Getting Better Treatment Options

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. I specialize in Lyme, autoimmune related illness and trauma. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, couples counseling, substance abuse, chronic illness, and career or college counseling.

A consistent theme I’ve heard from patients is that I excel at recognizing symptoms and developing a treatment plan. I have advanced EMDR training in integrating somatic psychotherapy with EMDR. (EMDR is designed to help people process unresolved trauma and transform negative beliefs with simple eye movements.)

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
  • Lyme Literate Counselor
  • Member: International Association of Lyme Literate Psychotherapists
  • 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
  • EMDR Trained

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

girledit

Real People - Trauma

Misdiagnosed for 10 Years

workshop-quote-left27-year-old Anita was diagnosed with neuropsychiatric Lyme disease. It’s true there were a number of psychiatric issues: she experienced some of the suicidal and self-harming symptoms associated with specific Lyme coinfections, such as Bartonella, Babesia, and Ehrlichia, but not all issues seemed to be Lyme related. She was seeing a Lyme specialist and undergoing treatment, but she was not gaining the ground her Lyme Literate Medical Doctor expected to see.

Through our counseling sessions, it was revealed that some of the psychiatric symptoms she had been experiencing were in fact Dissociative Identity Disorder related to a trauma. Getting to the root of the emotional trauma that had her body seized in a state of flight or flight allowed her to heal. Over the course of a few months, her body began to respond much better to treatment. One modality that was especially helpful was Fascial Counterstrain, which allows the blood flow back into the brain and calms the parasympathetic nerve that normally becomes enflamed when a patient attempts to talk through a trauma.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

treatment'stitle

CBT

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

Expressive Therapy

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

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative psychotherapy 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

Care Coordination

devising a treatment plan that includes referrals to a team of holistic practitioners who help address physical illness

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.”

chart

katie'sbooklet

Download your free copy today

brochureedit2

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.

Click here to download your free brochure now

Get a Better Treatment Option

Using a holistic and strengths-based approach in counseling

getintouchimage

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

katiechandlercounseling.com
findingyoursolution.com