Samantha Rodman Whiten, Ph.D.

Dr. Samantha Rodman Whiten runs the group telehealth practice Best Life Behavioral Health and is the founder of, a popular website started in 2014. She received her BA from Columbia University in 2003 and her PhD from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2009. During her time at UMD, she conducted research in the areas of personality disorders and addiction. Dr. Rodman Whiten has been working with individuals and couples in private practice since 2009, and one of her specialties is couples with high conflict, infidelity, and intimacy issues. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psych Central, and The Huffington Post, among others, and she has written two books, How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Divorce, and 52 Emails To Transform Your Marriage. Dr. Rodman Whiten's television appearances include Nightline and The Today Show, andih she has recently started a podcast, The Dr. Psych Mom Show.
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Working with couples in the wake of an affair can be challenging for even experienced clinicians. The raw trauma and betrayal that clients experience is difficult to witness, and it can be tempting to sit back and primarily act as a supportive listener. However, this does not move couples forward through the pain to create an even stronger connection with each other. In this invaluable seminar for those who already work with infidelity or hope to start, Dr. Samantha Rodman Whiten will help you understand why and how infidelity occurs, explore your own biases that may be impeding your work with infidelity, guide you through understanding multiple theoretical models of healing and repair, teach you you practical strategies to normalize and validate your clients’ experience, and provide you with concrete frames and tools to facilitate deep empathy and healing in your post-infidelity couples clients.

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