David I. Defoe, PhD, LCPC

David I. Defoe, PhD, LCPC

Chief Operating Officer & Therapist
  • Available for in-person and limited tele-health sessions
  • ExperienceGrief, Trauma, Crisis Intervention, Life Transitions, Male Issues, Couples/Relationship Issues
  • Serving ages18+
  • --- In-person & virtual sessions for Individuals, couples and same-sex couples
Location:14502 Greenview Drive, Suite 202, Laurel, Maryland 20708

Meet David

Hello, I’m David, I have been supporting individuals, couples, and families since 2003. Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of working with a diverse range of clients in various clinical settings. From outpatient mental health clinics to group practices, university settings, and hospitals, I’ve gained invaluable insights into the unique challenges people face. In therapy, my approach is all about you. I firmly believe that within each individual lies the power to bring about transformative changes. Together, we’ll embark on a client-centered journey that honors your unique experiences and empowers you to make profound shifts in your life.

While I’m here to help you with a wide range of concerns, my specialization lies in assisting individuals navigating the complexities of trauma, relationship concerns, and grief. Moreover, I hold a special space for fellow clinicians, healthcare workers, and professional helpers who seek a non-judgmental environment to explore their own challenges.

Clients often describe our sessions as laid-back, introspective, and even light-hearted at times, but always filled with meaningful challenges. As your therapist, my role is to ask thought-provoking questions that invite deep introspection. I believe that curiosity, unconditional acceptance, and compassion are essential ingredients for establishing a healthy and trusting therapeutic relationship.

Not only do I provide individual and group supervision for aspiring LGPCs looking to complete their licensure requirements in Maryland, but I also mentor new clinicians and those aspiring to build their own practices. It’s a joy for me to contribute to the growth and development of the next generation of mental health professionals. I’m excited to walk alongside you on your journey, supporting you through life’s obstacles with empathy, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to your well-being. Together, we’ll create a path towards healing and personal growth.

Let’s get started.

Current Certifications/Affiliations

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Maryland
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor, State of Maryland
  • Member American Counseling Association
  • Board Certified National Certified Counselor
  • Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Grief Recovery Institute
  • Prepare/Enrich Facilitator Trainer
  • Certified Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Facilitator
  • Gottman Method – Level 2 Trained
  • EMDR Trained- Offering intensive EMDR sessions for current clients of Imara Counseling Services only.  The EMDR sessions are meant to be used in conjunction with regular on-going therapy with one of our therapists.


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