“We would rather be ruined than changed, we would rather die in our dread, than climb the cross of the moment, and let our illusions die.” W. H. AUDEN

Often we take one kernel of truth about a problem or situation, and CBT helps with seeing more of the whole story.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

CBT helps clients change unhelpful thinking and behavior, and this may lead to enduring improvement in mood and functioning.

CBT uses a variety of cognitive and behavioral techniques, with problem-solving approaches borrowed from many psychotherapeutic modalities. These include dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), gestalt therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.

CBT concepts include:

  • Cognitive formulation – the beliefs and behavioral problems that characterize a specific disorder
  • Conceptualization – understanding individual clients and their specific beliefs or patterns of behaviorCognitive model – the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself
  • Automatic thoughts – ideas that seem to pop up in your mind

Benefits of Therapy

How does CBT work?

  • Collaborative: You will work together with your therapist to understand the problem, define your goals and develop the best treatment plan.
  • Active: During and between sessions you will practice skills and gain mastery over your problem(s).
  • Objective: We will use questionnaires on a regular basis to monitor improvement of your symptoms.
  • Effective: Clients usually experience meaningful and lasting change in a relatively few number of sessions.

How CBT is different?

  • Pragmatic – it helps identify specific problems and tries to solve them
  • Highly structured – rather than talking freely about your life, you and your therapist discuss specific problems and set goals for you to achieve
  • Focused on current problems – it’s mainly concerned with how you think and act now rather than attempting to resolve past issues
  • Collaborative – your therapist won’t tell you what to do; you’ll work with your therapist to find solutions to your current difficulties

What problems can CBT help?

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Relapse prevention
  • Anger
  • Sleep problems
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


  • Practicing psychotherapy since 1992
  • Post-graduate training Beck Institute
  • Certified Cognitive Therapy by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Many times, taking a step forward toward change is unsettling and involves an element of uncertainty. We will start with an initial phone consultation to answer any questions you may have prior to meeting. If this conversation or later encounters reveal that I am not the right person to help you, there is a good chance I could refer you someone more appropriate to your needs, among my team at MedPsych Associates, a multi-disciplinary practice, or in my wider network


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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