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"The scientific evidence leaves little doubt that love and intimacy are 
powerful determinants of our health and survival."      - Dean Ornish, M.D. 

The scientific case for marriage and couples education,
treatment and enrichment.

Dean Ornish, MD, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute near San Francisco says that the most powerful influences on health are love and intimacy. He also says he "knows of no other factor - not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery, that has such a major impact on our quality of life, incidence of illness and premature death from all causes." 

Unfortunately, passionate and lasting partnerships don't happen by accident. Look around. You won't have to look very far. More than half of all marriages fail, but even that horrifying statistic doesn't begin to tell the story of what is really happening in homes and communities across America, where many married couples are living in relationships that are all but void of the love, pleasure, happiness, and dreams upon which they were once built.

Did you know?

Poor social relationships are as damaging to physical health as cigarette smoking. The mortality rates of individuals with poor social relationships are higher than those who smoke cigarettes for many years.

For adults, a stable healthy marriage is the best protector against illness and premature death, and for children, such a marriage is the best source of emotional stability and good physical health.

Relationship education is effective in promoting marital quality and stability. Well-researched marriage education programs have demonstrated that brief, skills-based educational programs for couples increase couples satisfaction, improve communication skills, reduce negative conflict behaviors including violence and may prevent separation and divorce.

The Relationship Center approaches relationship health from a wholistic and comprehensive model that begins with premarital education and counseling to foster PREVENTION of relationship problems. Counseling, education, and enrichment programs foster relationship WELLNESS and healthy relationship skills that provide EMPOWERMENT for both partners. Intensive personal and relationship counseling to explore intergenerational, interpersonal, and individual needs and patterns foster HEALING and growth. TRANSFORMATION and healthy relationships foster relationship satisfaction, enjoyment and personal achievement and fulfillment.

Dr. DeMaria is a recognized expert in treatment, research, and education and is committed to providing the best programs and services available.

"For the first time in recorded history, men and women look to each other for love and romance, not survival and security. Happiness, intimacy, and lasting passion are now requirements for fulfilling relationships."                                     - John Gray


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