Chandra Niklewski (she/her)

LCPC
Accepting Clients

Online Only. I'm here to support, listen and help you grow. I'm not here to determine how you grow or to scold you for your life decisions.

Counselor in , MD

  • Free Initial Consultation
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Services
  • Individual
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

My client is motivated to work and grow. Challenging me just for the sake of challenging me is annoying and a waste of my time. I prefer a client who can say something doesn't fit with them or who can challenge themselves to ask why I'm seeing something that they do not think is present. Something brought it up. Exploring that is worthwhile. I want a client who will work harder than me. Your life is in your hands. If you lie, I can't help. If you rely only on me to "fix" things, I can't help.

My Background and Approach

I'm a licensed counselor and this is my second career. I was also a journalist and that plays an important part in my ability to treat a client and dig a bit deeper to find what's going on with a particular person. I can spot tells easily and I'm always interested in the truth. While YOUR truth is paramount, there are times when another version is valuable to explore. It was through my journalism career that I became sex-, kink-, and sex worker- positive. As a former sex columnist, I discovered that there is a need in this community for competent therapists who do not judge or place their own biases on their clients' lives. Only the client can determine what change is desired. I've worked with children and adolescents, college-aged individuals and older adults. I spent time in a men's correctional facility and that gave me the opportunity to work with men who had been violent in the past and needed anger management and also with male victims of sexual assault and abuse.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I don't know if anyone ever 'becomes' a therapist. I was educated and licensed in the field, but there's an intuition that is unique to those who are called to this profession. I never wanted to help people. But I wanted to empower people to help themselves. There is so much strength in people who feel as if they have none and I want to be a guide, a support, and a cheerleader. Sometimes I'm a bit tough, but it's only because I believe in the human spirit and the amazing things it can do. I'm not a social justice champion. I'd love to be, but instead I'm focused on raising my children not to be jerks in our society and to work on solutions for the future and healing for the past. I've done an excellent job and I'm proud of it. My love of digging deeper came when I was very young and was treated to a movie: The Karate Kid. Sound silly? I'm sure it does. But when asked, it's the story I share with my clients. It oddly changed the course of my life and now I'm here.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • United Healthcare
  • CareFirst
I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 9 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $130 - 185/session

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