About

Background

Hi. My name is Craig Chilcott and I am a licensed clinical professional counselor located in Catonsville, Maryland. My license number is LC5353.

I studied psychology and religious studies at the Pennsylvania State University and clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland.

I began working in the helping field at the age of 17 at a nursing home in Erie, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Penn State, I worked at a psychiatric hospital in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. There, I learned a lot about mental illness, substance dependence, inpatient mental health treatment, and profit motivated mental health treatment. I made my way to the Baltimore area in 2009 and worked at an intensive outpatient substance dependence treatment program and later at an outpatient mental health clinic, during and after graduate school. In 2014, I started to work in both a private practice and an adult medical day care setting. I have continued this balance of work to this day as I begin establishing my own counseling practice.

Picking a name for a practice was my first small business task and was the step that took me the longest. "What to choose? What to say? I'm going to be stuck with this forever. What if a better idea comes along later?" I chose "Nothing New Under the Sun Counseling" for a several reasons. It's a verse from my favorite Bible passage, Ecclesiastes, 1:9: What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. It's a passage I used as a meditation for a research study I had participated in back in 2010 and one that I have found instructive and reassuring over the years. It's the way I view much of life in general, and by extension, (what is called) mental illness and mental health treatment. The experiences we go through have been experienced by others in the past. We're all doing the best we can with what we have and what we've learned. I have also enjoyed experiencing how obnoxiously long it is.

My approach

I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while incorporating aspects from mindfulness and compassion focused approaches - all with the intention of helping people learn and practice new skills and ways of thinking so that they are better equipped to approach the challenges they face with greater flexibility. I most enjoy helping people get better at feeling their feelings and developing an awareness of how their thinking influences their feelings and behaviors.