Laura Berman

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Laura Berman being interviewed in 2015

Laura Berman is an American relationship therapist and television host. She is the host of In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She is also a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show, and hosts her own nationally syndicated radio program, Uncovered with Dr. Laura Berman. She previously starred in Showtime's reality television series, Sexual Healing.[1]


Berman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After obtaining a master's degree in clinical social work and a doctorate in health education specializing in human sexuality from New York University, she went on to complete a training fellowship in sexual therapy with the Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center.


Berman is an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She is the author of the books It's Not Him: It's You and The Book of Love: Every Couple’s Guide to Emotional and Sexual Intimacy, and the New York Times best-selling books Real Sex for Real Women: Intimacy, Pleasure, & Sexual Wellbeing and For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction and Reclaiming Your Sex Life as well as Secrets of the Sexually Satisfied Woman: 10 Keys to Unlocking Ultimate Pleasure and The Passion Prescription.[2] She is a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and has appeared on Fox News and CNN and in The New York Times, USA Today, and major women's magazines. She also has her own line of adult toys.

Berman is also a member of the American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the National Association of Social Workers, the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, and the American Urologic Society.

She, as well as her sister, urologist Jennifer Berman, have been critiqued for their role involving women's sexual health: "The shift of the Bermans' practices from academic centers to the explicitly for-profit commercial sector speaks volumes about the new 'Viagra culture'."[3]

Laura and Jennifer Berman co-authored the book For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide for Reclaiming your Sex Life.[4] Both Berman sisters participated in The Women's Conference in 2004.

In 2016 she published Quantum Love: Use Your Body's Atomic Energy to Create the Relationship You Desire.[5]

In 2021, she started her podcast 'The Language of Love'.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Berman is married to Samuel Chapman. During the course of their marriage, Chapman and Berman became the parents of three sons: Ethan, Sam, and Jackson. Sam died on February 7, 2021,[7][8] aged 16, from what his parents believe to be fentanyl laced Percocet which he bought from a drug dealer on Snapchat.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sexual Healing on Showtime. Official Site of the New Showtime Original Reality Documentary Series, with renowned therapist Dr. Laura Berman". Archived from the original on 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
  2. ^ "About the Books". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
  3. ^ [1] The 'Pinking' of Viagra Culture: Drug Industry Efforts to Create and Repackage Sex Drugs for Women
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  5. ^ Quantum Love: Use Your Body's Atomic Energy to Create the Relationship You Desire. Hay House. 9 February 2016.
  6. ^ languageoflove.pod
  7. ^ Henderson, Cydney (February 8, 2021). "'My beautiful boy is gone': Dr. Laura Berman's 16-year-old son Samuel dies from overdose". USA Today.
  8. ^ "'My beautiful boy is gone': Dr. Laura Berman's 16-year-old son Samuel dies from overdose". Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  9. ^ "'My Heart Is Completely Shattered': Dr. Laura Berman's 16-Year-Old Son Dies Of Overdose From Drugs He Got Over Snapchat". 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2021-03-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Laura Berman on Instagram: "My beautiful boy is gone. 16 years old. Sheltering at home. A drug dealer connected with him on Snapchat and gave him fentinyl laced Xanax…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2021-03-25.