• Michael Heilman, Ph.D.

    Clinic Owner (Cortland)



Licensed Psychologist, Ohio


Ph.D. Degree: Counseling and Human Development, Kent State University


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Professional History

I am a psychologist and the owner of the Cortland PsyCare Office. I have been on staff at PsyCare since 1985. My professional experience has also included:

• Staff Psychologist at Trumbull Memorial Hospital’s adult and geriatric psychiatric units from 1995 – 2020.
• Managed the Psychology Department at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital from 2013-2016.
• Program Director of Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital’s Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program from 1985 – 2010.
• Surveyor for the Commission of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). I surveyed rehabilitation facilities throughout North America and Europe (2001 – 2017).
• Case Manager for the Mahoning County Community Corrections Association (1982-1985).
• Correctional Consultant for the Northeastern Ohio Council on Drug Abuse (1978- 1980).
• I am a former certified chemical dependency counselor and worked from 1979-1981, as a clinician for the Residential Educational Alternative (DUI school).
• Substance Abuse therapist for several schools in Trumbull County (1978-1980).
• Limited Service Faculty member at Youngstown State University (1989-2001)- teaching in both the Counseling


  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Pain Management
  • Trauma

Professional Objectives

As an owner, my focus is on the occupational well-being and professional development of my staff. I believe the combination of fostering an environment of mutual support and having the expectation of offering our patients ‘Best Practice’ models of treatment results in a professional environment that patients want to come to and staff wants to work at.

Theoretical Orientation

Like most therapists who came into practice in the second half of the twentieth century, I consider myself eclectic. In the field of Rehabilitation Psychology I have embraced the works of Victor Frankel, M.D., and his Logo Therapy. In private practice, I like to utilize ‘Best Practice’ approaches that are discipline specific, but most fall under the rubric of cognitive-behavioral psychology.

Certificates/Special Training

  • Licensed Psychologist, Ohio
  • Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management
  • Fellow, Biofeedback Certification Institute, (1987-2011)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, #C3037 (1987-1992)
  • Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor ‑ III, #8925 (1989-1993)

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Academy of Pain Management


  • The Academy for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
  • Ohio Society of Behavioral Health and Biofeedback
    • President (1993-1994)
    • Secretary‑Treasurer (1991‑1993)
    • Chairman, Insurance Committee (1987‑1990)
    • Liaison, Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine Association of Western Pennsylvania