Student Profiles

Class of 2019

Aaron Banas

Aaron Banas

Aaron is a United States Navy veteran and first year student at George Washington University's Professional Psychology Program. He conducts research as a Research Assistant with the Integrative Health and Wellness Program at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. Aaron also serves as the APA Division 19: Society for Military Psychology Campus Representative for GW where he promotes interesting and learning opportunities related to military psychology. Prior to beginning school full-time he coordinated outdoor therapeutic retreats for combat veterans that integrated holistic practices and outdoor activities. Aaron has over 10 years of experience providing care and support services to active duty members and veterans in various mental health settings. He is interested in expanding the availability of integrative health services to veterans and exploring ways in which integrative health services can help veterans. In his leisure time he plays guitar and goes hiking and also volunteers in the community with The Mission Continues.  

 

Greta Carlson

Greta Carlson

Originally from the Washington, D.C. Area, Greta obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology (2014) at Towson University and is thrilled to be able to continue studying theory and practice in clinical psychology at GW. She enjoyed milieu work on the inpatient child and adolescent neuropsychiatric and adult psychotic disorders units at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt hospital in Towson before gaining experience in case management/psychiatric rehabilitation with adults at Cornerstone Montgomery, a non-profit mental health agency. Her primary clinical interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychological assessment with children and adolescents. She would be enthused to engage any questions one might have regarding the program, and can best be reached through e-mail at [email protected]

 

 

 

Tiffany Lin

Tiffany Lin

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Coffeyville, KS

I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and have been so excited to jump right into such an engaging and hands-on doctoral program. GWU was my first choice throughout the application and interview process, due in large part to the intensive curriculum and emphasis on thorough clinical training and experience. My interests surround insight-oriented therapy and studying interpersonal relationships. 

 

Celeste Kelly

Celeste Kelly

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Poolesville, MD

It seems like two seconds ago that I visited GW for my interview. I distinctly remember sitting in Room 101, chatting (nervously) about the program with a then-first-year... Now that current-second-year and I are great friends! I so look forward to making those same connections and lasting bonds with the incoming class.

 

Ryan Shea

Ryan Shea

Ryan graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s in Psychology and Loyola University Maryland with a master’s in Counseling Psychology. His academic interests include child/adolescent treatment, trauma, and LGBT issues.

Email: [email protected]

 


 

Class of 2018 

David Heilman

David Heilman

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Psychological Interests: Working with adults and adolescents dealing with issues of identity cohesion, trauma, dissociation, and anxiety disorders. David also has a strong passion for working with the LGBT community, and is obtaining the Professional Psychology Program’s LGBT Health Policy and Practice Graduate Certificate along with his doctoral studies.

David began studying psychology in 2010, after working as a professional opera singer, and obtaining degrees from The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While enrolled in Columbia University’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Psychology, he counseled LGBT youth, ages 12-24, on issues of suicide prevention, coming-out, parental abandonment, self-mutilation, running away, and self-acceptance through The Trevor Project. Since beginning in the program, David has co-founded the Support and Identity Development Group for Gay Men, which meets at The George Washington University’s Center Clinic, and served as liaison in developing an affiliate partnership between SMYAL and the Center Clinic in providing psychotherapy services to SMYAL’s LGBT youth. He is currently a clinical extern at American University’s Counseling Center, where he provides individual psychotherapy and urgent care triage services to members of the university’s student population. During the approaching 2016-2017 academic year, David will be attending the Externship Program at Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service.

Email: [email protected]


 

Class of 2017

Maxwell Brooks

Maxwell Brooks

Hometown: Born in DC at a hospital that is now fancy condos.

Extern at Marymount University Counseling Center and matched to NC State Counseling Center.

Interested in racial dynamics in the therapy dyad. Loves basketball, ultimate frisbee, plays guitar, and listens to heavy music and hip hop.

 

Stephanie Helwig

Stephanie Helwig

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Maryland College Park ‘13

Psychological Interests: working with children and adolescents, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Hobbies: exercising, singing, netflixing, and exploring DC restaurants and theater venues.

Why GW? I knew that I wanted a Psy.D. program and I loved that GW offered a psychodynamic program in one of my favorite cities that I could complete in 3 years. When I visited the school for an interview I was especially impressed by the faculty and knew I would be challenged but also supported during my time here. Next year I will be attending the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut for my Predoctoral Internship in Stamford, CT, and I could not be more thrilled!