Daniel Heckman, LCSW-C

Practicing Since: 2016

Daniel believes that humans are highly social, and thus many of our dilemmas stem from early attachments and relationships with others. Yet, perhaps even deeper than relationships lies a question about identity, about who we are, and what our purpose is. Daniel has found that our questions about identity are deeply connected to many of the issues we face both within and without ourselves. Daniel is personable and laid back in session while utilizing modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and psychodynamic, with an overarching existential perspective. He is intentional, compassionate, and caring, which often leads individuals to feel safe to share personal information. Trained with a strengths-based approach, Daniel enjoys helping people to identify the resources and abilities within themselves to bring clarity and resolve to their situations.

Daniel operates from the belief that we are born with imperfections in body and mind, into a world that is lost and seeking meaning. Yet through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, who is our perfect example of living a rejuvenated life, we may find meaning in life that counteracts our flaws and dysfunctions. While his preference is to emphasize the spiritual aspect of our wellbeing, he adapts this aspect to each individual per their personal preferences. In addition to mind and spirit, the third component of health is the body. Daniel believes that there is an intimate and complex relationship between our body and our mind and that how we treat one has a direct impact on the other. With the consent of his clients, he aims to incorporate these three components – body, mind, spirit – into his work. His key verse is 2 Corinthians 7:1, which states: “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” The greek word for “defilement” is molusmos, which translates to “stain or pollution.” Each of us has “stains” from our past, and the sin of the world that we were born into has “polluted” us. But through the promises of God, which is His Spirit within us, we are cleansed.

Daniel’s graduate field placement was in a domestic violence center, where he received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. After graduate school, he worked for a county Crisis Response team alongside the Police, where he received additional experience in short-term trauma counseling and crisis resolution. He also received certification in Critical Incident Stress Management through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He has received additional training on the more recently explored topic of the body-brain connection, especially as it relates to trauma. He continues to receive ongoing education to stay up-to-date on the connections between nutrition and mental health.

 Daniel grew up on a small farm in Maryland, where he spent most of his childhood exploring the outdoors and participating in agricultural activities. He met his wife on a blind date, and they have a 2-year-old daughter. Faith in Jesus Christ is Daniel’s priority in life, followed by family. He also enjoys international travel. Some of his favorite destinations are Cape Town, Singapore, Sicily, and Kyoto. He finds peace in the great outdoors (ideally on a mountain) and reading the Bible.

Daniel is licensed in the state of Maryland #23153.

Client Thrive Program
Credentials Earned:

Engagement Badge
Awarded: 11/12/21

Connection Badge
Awarded: 3/6/22

Collaboration Badge
Awarded: 4/22/22