Darren Freeman-Coppadge

I have worked in mental health in some capacity since 2005, starting with a psychiatric clinical pharmacy and now in counseling psychology as a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland and Delaware. As a therapist, I have worked primarily in university counseling centers prior to joining the team at Waypoint Wellness Center. I have experience with clients presenting with a range of issues, including depression and other mood struggles, anxiety, adjustment concerns, relationship and interpersonal problems, and identity-based stressors. I especially enjoy working with clients dealing with identity conflict at the intersections of sexuality/gender, spirituality/religion, race/ethnicity, and culture. I work with adults of all ages, but I have a special place in my heart for young and emerging adults. 

My therapeutic style is integrative, drawing primarily from emotion-focused and relational/interpersonal approaches, but I also incorporate insight-oriented psychodynamic theories, acceptance and commitment techniques, and narrative therapy into my work, all within a social justice framework. I strongly believe in the healing power of humor; so my colleagues will attest to how often laughter can be heard coming from my office during sessions. 

Professional Experience

I graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a BS in Biochemistry (Spanish minor). I then completed my PharmD and a residency in psychiatric pharmacy practice at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy. As a board certified psychiatric clinical pharmacist, I worked in the state hospital system for three years consulting with multidisciplinary teams on the treatment of patients with severe mental health challenges, and later worked for a few years in managed care. I earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. I have had experience in several university counseling centers doing individual and group therapy, outreach and collaboration, and crisis management. I have competence in LGBQ+ psychotherapy and am a trans/non-binary ally. I continue to teach, write, and speak on areas of clinical interest to me, including identity development and conflict, LGBTQ+ issues, and psychopharmacology. I am an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). 

Life Outside the Office

Born and raised in Maryland, I’ve lived in the state my entire life, except for a brief stint in Massachusetts from 2013-2018 while pursuing my doctoral degree in counseling psychology. Afterward, my family and I returned to our beloved community in Maryland. In my off time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling as much as time and finances will allow, and—as an amateur sci-fi geek—immersing myself in all of the fantasy series that Netflix has to offer. I also run and work out at the gym whenever I can muster the will for it.

Dr. Freeman-Coppadge has the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) and can  practice telepsychology under the authority of PSYPACT in PSYPACT participating states. For a list of current PSYPACT participating states, please visit the PSYPACT website at: https://www.psypact.org/psypactmap.

Dr. Freeman-Coppadge provides ONLY telehealth services; however, he is not accepting new clients at this time.

Dr. Freeman-Coppadge participates with following insurances: Carefirst, Tricare, USFH, and JH EHP.