Craig Kalman

(MA, LCPC, LPC, NCC)

About Me

I've been a professional counselor for over 27 years working at several very interesting locations during my career. I spent over 12 years at the National Institutes of health serving a wide spectrum of clients from some of the leading health researchers in the world to the hardworking staff workers from executive administrators to cafeteria custodians. I was the senior staff EAP representative and crisis counselor during the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11/2001, the anthrax attack in Washington D.C. two weeks later and the D.C. Sniper about a year later. Subsequently I gained a tremendous amount of first line experience assisting people with stress and trauma as well as the milieu of issues facing any employee of such a large institution. After a 12 year stint at the NIH I was recruited to work with DOD and the United States military around the country assisting soldiers and their families with the complicated relationship and individual stress brought about by multiple combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas on conflict in the world. My experiences have given me a tremendous amount of training and skills honing toward helping people deal with a multitude of issues.
I know how difficult it can be to ask for help and I applaud you for your courage in coming to this site to seek a solution to issues in life which can indeed be challenging. I look forward to working along with you on your journey of change and personal improvement.
My style is relaxed and accepting with the aim of providing my client a safe and non-judgmental venue with which to explore their current situation. My approaches are somewhat eclectic using motivational interviewing to center on specific areas of conflict or distress and applying various modes of cognitive behavioral therapy to help effect change .

Areas of Expertise:
Stress Management
Processing Trauma
Grief and Loss
The Navigation of sudden change, both personal and professional/vocational
Generalized and Specific Anxiety


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression

Years of Experience: 29

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCPC #LC2797 (Expires: 2022-01-31)

LPC #77590 (Expires: 2020-06-30)


Reviews

Written by A.D. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Craig for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Craig is the best of the best. He has so much knowledge on a broad range of techniques that customize your sessions. I went from having multiple panic attacks a week to once every few weeks to now, every once in a while. He has changed my life and how I handle situations. Highly, highly, highly recommend.

Written by R.E. on Mar 03, 2020 after counseling with Craig for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Craig has been extremely helpful! He is very responsive to messaging and really great at breaking down big steps to make them easy.

Written by S.T. on Feb 12, 2020 after counseling with Craig for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Craig has been really really great for me. I came away from my therapy and counseling with him with a bunch of tools that have set me up to better cope with stress and change in my life! I can't recommend him highly enough!!

Written by A.U. on Jan 20, 2020 after counseling with Craig for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and anger management

Craig has been very attentive, patient and intuitive. Very session fees personal and I leave feeling better off.

Written by J.O. on Dec 30, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Craig is extremely professional, patient and kind. Craig was there to listen to me and provided me tools I needed to cope with what I was dealing with. He helped me so much through my pain, anxiety and stress.

Written by T.L. on Dec 20, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Craig has been wonderfully patient, kind, and knowledgeable. I appreciate the tools he has given me to help me live my life more freely. I would recommend his expertise to everyone.

Written by J.U. on Dec 18, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Craig has been great! I was somewhat worried about how this online counseling would go and he has made it very easy and is amazingly easy to talk to and relate to. He takes the time to listen and I am thankful I chose to step out of my comfort zone to try this.

Written by N.I. on Dec 17, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Craig was incredibly helpful and always available when I needed to bounce thoughts off of him. He helped me with building a strategic approach to tackling the things I was in need of some help with, and was always warm and kind.

Written by S.T. on Dec 02, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Craig is a warm, kind, thoughtful and extremely wise counselor. He has a wealth of techniques that he teaches, stories that he tells; all helping each of us to relate and find our own path. I look forward to our sessions and recommend Craig to anybody considering him.

Written by A.L. on Nov 20, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Craig has been a great help to me as I pondered the next step for myself. He gave me a plan of action and tailored it to my needs. I really appreciated the stress management techniques and the positive visualization, the latter of which was completely new to me but very very helpful.

Written by A.R. on Nov 18, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

Craig is so thoughtful and ready to help. I'm so happy that I am working with him

Written by F.R. on Oct 24, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Craig listened to me and was very empathetic when I told what was bothering me about my teenage years. I'm 2 sessions in but I'm very optimistic.

Written by D.A. on Oct 01, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

After just a couple sessions with Craig, I feel like he's entirely invested in my progress. He's goal oriented, and his impressive knowledge in his field enables him to be very flexible in working with me to discover the best approach to my issues.

Written by B.R. on Sep 18, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Craig is extremely patient, down to earth and most of all easy to talk to!

Written by M.A. on Jun 20, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

This is my first experience with counseling. Craig has been exactly what I had hoped for. An easy person to talk to and someone I am comfortable getting to those deep places that are uncomfortable to own. He is helping me come back to the surface and recognize how I can be a better husband and father.

Written by W.I. on May 21, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and anger management

I was hesitant to begin counseling or therapy and the anonymity of betterhelp was a plus. Craig was more than happy to answer questions about how the process goes. We are beginning with stress management tools and a few other processes. He wants to leave you with a new tool or having taken a step forward in the process, though you are free to veer of course for a session and just share personal stories of your past that impacted you. Those are my experiences so far.

Written by J.E. on Apr 10, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Craig has been a very concerned counselor. I still will need to spend more time talking to him but he has demonstrated that it matters to him that I am doing ok.

Written by A.M. on Mar 19, 2019 after counseling with Craig for 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related issues

Very professional. Always available.