Janet Chandler :: Clinical Psychology


Dr. Chandler is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked as a clinician for over 25 years. She has worked with individuals, children, couples, families, and groups addressing a wide variety of mental health challenges including, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, sexual concerns and other difficult life transitions. Dr. Chandler received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, trained at N.U.’s Family Institute and is utilizes Gottman’s couples therapy when indicated in treating couples. She has served on the faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has extensive experience as a psychotherapist, diagnostic evaluator, clinical supervisor and a presenter; both nationally and locally, presenting at National and State Conferences as well as numerous state and agency training programs.

Dr. Chandler’s work is grounded in a holistic perspective and anchored in her personal commitment to honor and attend to the individual experience striving for more authentic connections and positive life changes. Her work is drawn from contemporary, integrative psychotherapeutic techniques as well as utilizing an in-depth understanding with a collaborative, practical, individualized approach; this may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and a relational, psychodynamic perspective. She provides short-term and long-term psychotherapy, depending on the individual’s interests and goals. Dr. Chandler also has extensive experience working with parent-child relationship concerns. In addition, as a certified group psychotherapist she also serves as a consultant to and supervisor of groups focused on expanding the consciousness, voice, energy of groups locally, nationally and internationally.


A comprehensive integrated assessment will be conducted and based on the nature of the problem, the type of treatment will be mutually decided upon. I have an integrative, eclectic therapeutic approach. Often, Cognitive Behavior Therapy is utilized with certain individuals and conditions but for others, an intrapsychic approach may be required to explore deeper internal mediating processes that may impact behavior, a relational –cultural therapy, family, couples or parent-child interactional therapy may be indicated. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an action-oriented form of psychosocial therapy that assumes that maladaptive or faulty thinking patterns cause maladaptive behavior and “negative “emotions. The treatment focuses on changing an individual’s thoughts (cognitive patterns) in order to change his or her emotional state. CBT is a short term, action oriented therapy effort whose goal is to help you learn a new way of reacting.


  • A comprehensive integrated assessment and based on the nature of the problem, the type of treatment will be mutually decided upon
  • A positive trusting authentic relationship as it is the foundation of effective therapy
  • A collaborative, insight oriented, family centered, strengths based, cognitive behavioral, relational therapeutic treatment plane chosen and tailored to meet the needs of the individual
  • A therapist that is emotionally available and has the ability to resonate with the disquieting feelings of the individual with genuine concern
  • An ability to work with members of your family, children, infants to adolescence or significant others on relationship issues if indicated
  • Empowerment. You should be able to learn how to overcome emotional, cognitive and distress, set healthy goals, interact with harmony with others and learn how to lead a fulfilling life
  • A goal of helping make positive, lasting, life changes
  • An integrated team approach with others at WholeHealth Chicago, as needed


She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Illinois Psychological Association, American Group Psychotherapy Association, AK Rice Leadership Institute, Group Relations International and The Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations.


Presentations and Training


By Appointment Monday, Wednesday and Saturday


“I believe that everyone has an inherent ability to come to terms with their emotions, the past and their current lives. I also believe everyone can benefit from and is entitled to experience the full range of human emotions and capabilities. And I know from experience that anyone can change”.

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