In the opening of Anna Karenina , Tolstoy wrote” “All happy families resemble one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Every family member may be unhappy in its own way, but we all stumble over the same familiar challenges of family life.

What Is Family Therapy?

Essentially it focuses on altering the interaction between or among family members and seeks to improve the functioning of the family as a unit, and the functioning of individual members of the family.

When Does Family Therapy Help?

When a family member is having a problem such as with school, substance abuse, or high level of conflict

  • Trauma or change that impacts the entire family
  • Family loss
  • Adjustment to stages of the family life cycle
  • Domestic violence
  • Divorce
  • Parent Conflict

What Are the Benefits of Family Therapy?

A good course of family therapy can help on many levels:

  • Develops and maintains healthy boundaries
  • Fosters cohesion and communication among family members
  • Promotes problem-solving through understanding of family patterns and dynamics
  • Builds empathy and understanding
  • Reduces family conflict

How family therapy works?

It is designed to alter the organization of the family so that its members can better deal with their own problems. It can improve communication by altering how family members interact around problems. Family therapy works with the awareness that each human being is not merely an individual, but is also a part of many social groups. A family member’s behavior is influenced by the people in his/her social groups: most importantly parents and siblings.

What makes family therapy unique?

It harnesses the power of the family to heal and solve problems in the family or in the community as a whole. It takes a broader look at problems highlighting the invisible threads that are many times interwoven in a family member’s problems.

Don’t wait until hopelessness sets in!

Many times, we wait for the problem to grow beyond our control. This is especially true with people seeking therapy in general. Addressing problems earlier often averts problems getting larger.


  • Practicing psychotherapy since 1992
  • Extensive training in family therapy
  • Clinical Instructor in family therapy

Seeking help isn’t always easy

“When should I seek help?”

“Who to choose?”

“What’s involved here?”

“Will it help?”

“My previous experience wasn’t helpful.”

These are just few things that a family may consider in seeking help. That is why I always hold a brief telephone consultation so you and I have a sense whether I might be a good fit. If not, I will try to refer you to someone who is better suited for the problem or issue at hand. I am fortunate to be an associate in a practice, MedPsych Associates, a multi-disciplinary practice specializing in mental health and substance abuse, so there are a lot of options for support for you and your family.


Couples therapy is a means of resolving problems and conflicts that couples have not been able to handle effectively on their own. It involves both partners sitting down…


Individual Psychotherapy also known as talk therapy, is a collaborative process between therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life.


Mr. Donovan is an approved supervisor by the Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) for social workers needing supervisions for licensure as well as consultation for clinical cases.


Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy focusing on the family as a whole. The family is more than just the sum of the individual members. The goal of family therapy…


Timothy C Donovan Baltimore Therapist

Couples – Individual – Family Therapy

2324 W Joppa Rd. Lutherville MD 21093

(410) 583-2622