therapist Katie Chandler, LCSW, EMDR Certified, Lyme Literate

Katie Chandler, LCSW, EMDR Certified, Lyme Literate

Who is Katie?

Katie Chandler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified EMDR therapist. She has over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. She attended Juniata College and Millersville University, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology during undergraduate. She graduated magna cum laude from Millersville University with a Master of Social Work and was the Vice President of her graduating class. Katie believes in a holistic and strengths-based approach in counseling.

The mind, body and spirit each need to be addressed to have a successful outcome. Her 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. She provides individual, family and group counseling and works with adults and adolescents. She is integrative and draws from many different modalities including, EMDR, somatic psychotherapy, Natural Processing, expressive therapy, family systems theory, attachment theory and cognitive behavioral theory.

On a more personal note, she went undiagnosed with Lyme disease for years and has a unique understanding of autoimmune and Lyme disease and its impact on emotional health. For more details about specialized counseling and therapy related to Lyme and autoimmune disease, visit

What is her expertise?

Katie is a trauma informed therapist and has completed training from the Ferentz Institute with a certification in trauma.  She is 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.

Katie has 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.

What else should we know about Katie?

Katie's previous work experience included substance abuse counseling, inpatient psychiatric,  home-based therapy, college counseling and outpatient therapy. Katie has credits in lay counseling and is comfortable incorporating prayer with clients as well as providing counseling from a faith based perspective when it fits client’s existing beliefs and needs.

Her hobbies include photography, traveling with her husband and meeting new people!

For more information about Katie's specialties visit: or to make an appointment please email her at or call (703) 636-2888 ext. 9