David Defoe


David Defoe


Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - LC6147
Secondary Credential: NCC - 269093
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Fees: Needs Assessment or Client Intake - $150.00

Individual Counseling
$130.00 per 55 min. session
$160.00 per 75 min. session

Couples, Marital, Family, Counseling
$150 per 55 min. session
$190 per 75 min. session

$130 per 55 min session
$160 per 75 min session

Pre-Marital Counseling
8 Sessions (1hr) - $1,000
Additional Sessions - $150 per session
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Imara Counseling Services
8101 Sandy Spring Road, Suite 224
Laurel, Maryland 20707

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My Approach to Helping

Life has a way of throwing us curve balls when we least expect them, and as painful, unpredictable, and uncomfortable as our struggles can be, we do not have to meander through life\'s difficulties hopeless. We can triumph over our many challenges by doing the difficult work of personal growth. Each person has within themselves the strength, fortitude, and power to be a bettergreater version of themselves, we just need help. Despite the challenges of life, you do not have to silently suffer or navigate life\'s challenges alone.

I walk with my client\'s on their journey to self-discovery, self-actuation and healing.

I do not prescribe to any specific therapeutic orientation, as I feel the counseling experience should be guided by the client, and techniques be specific to individual goals and outcomes. I have experience in a variety of treatment modalities, and work with my clients to discover what best fits their needs.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

Life is made up of good experiences and bad ones. I am sure many people had bad dates in their past. I know I have!!!! But one thing it never made me do is stop dating, or looking to connect with people. Just like in any relationships, sometimes things do not work out. Some people just don't "fit" together. We cannot give up just because something has not worked out in the past. I encourage you to give therapy with me or someone else a try.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

This process is for you. No one can tell you what is wrong with you, or fix you. The expert on you is you. Therapy is simply a journey of self-discovery, where you develop the tools necessary for you to live your intended life free from worry or regret. Truthfully I am just here to accompany you on the journey.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

It is recommended at the beginning of therapy that sessions take place on a weekly basis. For some clients I am open to a bi-weekly schedule, but I rarely take clients who want to have drop-in services or cannot maintain a regular schedule.

What Makes up a Problem?

A "problem" is anything that prevents you from living life as you want to live it. They can be financial, social, system oriented (family), vocational, or personal. Problem solving involves creating AWARENESS, ACCEPTANCE, making an ASSESSMENT as to possible solutions, and taking ACTION to develop a plan.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Logotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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