Dr. Durwood Whitten
Durwood Whitten, PhD is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who specializes in individual psychotherapy for people suffering from trauma, anxiety, and depression. He has had extensive experience working with a variety of clients including war veterans, victims of violent crime, and those diagnosed with personality disorders. Dr. Whitten's experience includes adult men and women, adolescents, and children as young as 6 years of age. One of his primary clinical interests is helping parents who may be struggling with challenging parental issues. Trained in the Gottman Method, Dr. Whitten has had great success in counseling couples to reconcile who were on the brink of separation.
Dr. Whitten is the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Parent Training and Child Development, a non-profit organization that seeks to heal families by improving the abilities of adults in parenting their children.
Dr. Whitten is an Organizational Psychologist who specializes in applying principles of clinical psychology to the workplace. Dr. Whitten helps management teams to create a collaborative workplace in which employees are happy and can thrive. He also empowers employees to succeed to their highest potential by helping them understand the application of active listening and professional communications.
Dr. Whitten has an extensive management history which began with his first managerial promotion in 1987 as the technical manager of a software development group at Intergraph Corporation. Since that time Dr. Whitten has managed development, support, and training professionals. His most recent management role outside of Complete Wellness was serving as the chief clinical administrative officer of the Correctional Mental Health Center for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
Dr. Whitten began his mental health career performing psychological consultations in the Emergency Room for inpatient psychiatry. From there, Dr. Whitten went on to work for a large group practice performing psychological evaluations on children and adults for cases in the Department of Social Services and as referrals from other mental health professionals. He spent a year on the army base at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, conducting psychotherapy for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Dr. Whitten furthered his mental health career by working for the Division of Corrections of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Eventually, he served as the chief clinical administrator of the Maryland state mental health inpatient prison. Today Dr. Whitten is the principal partner of Complete Wellness, Inc. and serves as a Faculty Associate for Johns Hopkins University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program.