David Heilman

David Heilman

David is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University’s Professional Psychology Program (Psy.D.) with a strong interest in mental wellness, identity cohesion, trauma, dissociation, and anxiety disorders within the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to his classroom work, David was the George Washington University’s founding Clinical Extern at SMYAL, and worked to provide individual psychotherapy to their LGBTQ+ youth community. In addition, David has worked to co-found the Support and Identity Discovery Psychotherapy Group for Gay Men at the George Washington University’s Center Clinic. This group works to explore issues of identity formation, including the intersection of multiple minority identities, after the coming out process. This is accomplished with a supportive focus on how the gay male community can be an ostracized population, both internally and externally. David sees the most valuable asset of this program as the chance to collaborate with diverse professionals in learning more about the various aspects of LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness. 

Education

Psy.D. 2018 (expected) in Clinical Psychology, The George Washington University.  

2011-2012 Postbaccalaureate Studies Psychology Program, Columbia University.
M.M. ‘10 in Vocal Performance, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
B.M. ‘07 in Vocal Performance, The Juilliard School.

Capstone

David has co-formed an identity discovery psychotherapy group for gay men at the George Washington University’s Center Clinic and is developing a training guide and group protocol to educate future clinicians about identity cohesion and supportively working with internalized homophobia.