Tim Donovan LCSW-C

Expertise in working with couples and individuals dealing with relationship issues.



Welcome to the practice of Timothy C. Donovan, LCSW-C focusing on couples therapy, training, and expertise in working with couples and individuals dealing with relationship issues.

About Timothy Donovan

It is not easy reaching out for help, especially when in pain about your relationship! It takes courage!
Who can you trust? Couples often tell me, who can we trust to understand and support our relationship?

Two studies have shown that a couple will wait on average, seven years before reaching out for help.
I hope to narrow the gap there – – help couples see that couples or marital therapy not as a failure but more as a way to strengthen their relationship, in fact, the one they have been longing for.

Several years ago, after working as a generalist so to speak, I began devoting my practice to working with couples on what they want to create in their relationship.
To be honest, too, I have also learned so much from the couples I have seen over the years. In fact, it is the hard work that many couples put in that energizes me to learn more about couples, marriages, committed relationships, and couples therapy.

Timothy Donovan, LCSW-C

Credentials & Specializations

  • Master of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C)
  • Externship Beck Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • Certified Gottman Therapist
  • Certified Discernment Counseling
  • AANE Certified Neurodiverse Couples Therapist
  • Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies

Services Offered

  • Couples Therapy
  • Couples Intensives
  • Workshops for therapists
  • Workshops for couples

Approach to Therapy

Tim integrates several models of couples therapy such as the Gottman method…a researched based method that helps you become better friends, managing conflict and creating more shared meaning. All of this leads to deeper closeness and connection.

The psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) helped me understand immensely about how biology is intertwined in couples’ conflict as well as learning more about attachment and how that template can be played out during conflict in a relationship.

Working with neurodiverse couples, the Peter M. Friedman Neurodiverse Couples Institute offered me training and resources to become certified and confident in working with neurodiverse couples.

The development Model of Couples Therapy integrated differentiation, development, attachment and being a leader in working with couples.

Using discernment counseling to work with couples on the brink who are deciding to stay or go and/or couples where one is leaning in, and the other is leaning out.

Personal Life & Motivation

My focus, training, and expertise have evolved into seeing couples and individuals dealing with relationship issues.

This started off in 2016, when I became a certified Gottman therapist (CGT). I was excited to become more involved the Gottman Institute starting with as a rover for the Art and Science of Love Weekend Workshop for Couples led by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. This led to me facilitating these same workshops for couples in Maryland with a fellow CGT. Eventually, this led to presenting the Gottman method of couples therapy (levels 1 & 2).

Over the years, I have become devoted to becoming a leader in working with couples and individuals around their relationships.
This led to learning other approaches to working with couples, such as Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT); discernment counseling; working with neurodiverse couples; and the Developmental Model Couples Therapy.

I am also a husband, father, grandfather-called Papi, adjunct faculty member, skier, scuba diver, and former softball player. And I still love riding motorcycles.
Marianne, my wife, will tell you there isn’t a job I haven’t had, and there is some truth to that. Before I fell into cooking and became a professional cook/chef. I started by working in a small restaurant/hotel outside of Interlaken, Switzerland as an apprentice. I have worked in both Valais and Berner Oberland regions of Switzerland, England, and the US.

Anyone who has worked as a cook/chef can tell you that the hours can take a toll on a relationship, and I had two young children. So about thirty years ago, I turned to social work and the rest is history.

Contact Me

To schedule a consultation or learn more about my practice services, you may reach me by calling 410-616-0591 x2, email at tcdonovanlcsw@gmail.com or https://tcdonovan.com/.

What Clients Are Saying…

My partner and I decided to seek couples counseling as a way to proactively strengthen our relationship, and develop the skills needed for a lifetime of love. We chose Tim because he employs the Gottman method, and I can say without a doubt that working with Tim has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. Tim has been a critical component in enabling my partner and I to connect and support each other on a level we didn’t think was possible, and it has made us incredibly happy as a couple. You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t seriously considering counseling. Take the leap.

Douglas S.

My name is Jodi Brown. I’ve know Tim for about 16 years now. Throughout the years, Tim has be a trusted and respected figure in my life. He has provided me with invaluable knowledge, support, and encouragement. He has the ability to set me straight while offering compassion and guidance. Tim has the ability to work with a wide range of ages and backgrounds which makes him a rare find. I would highly recommend Tim to anyone In search of a therapist.

Jodi B.

I have known and worked with a Tim for over 20 years. He is a solid, caring, and skilled therapist that is well trained in CBT, addiction and couples therapy. Tim’s skill lies in his ability to connect with his clients and prepare them for the change they are seeking. I continue to enjoy collaborating and learning from Tim.

April M.

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