Meet Dr. Rita

The Marriage Doctor

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Helping People Learn to Love Each Other Better

I am an expert in providing workshops, couples retreats, emotional healing and wellbeing programs..and more.  I have also spoken to large and small community groups, faith communities, and professional conferences.

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Singles Matter Too! Help is here.

  • Single, Dating and Reconnecting workshops! Helping singles for over 15 years.  More programs available.
  • Visit and Register: CouncilfForRelationships.org/HRW

Dr. Rita w/ Helen Fisher on "The Anatomy of Love"

Affairs often end marriages and other love relationships.   Do you know that you can heal your ability to trust and fall back in love with your spouse/partner?   -    Dr. Rita DeMaria

What Dr. Rita Demaria wants you to know!

After all the years of research and practice, my goal is to help couples love each other better!


As a therapist, educator, professor, and author, I have been helping people with relationship problems for many decades.  I am dedicated to guiding people through difficult relationship journeys. The primary focus of my clinical practice is working with couples at the “brink of divorce”. Often these complicated relationships involve sexual issues, anger management problems, addictions, and unsatisfying personal and intimate lives.  As The Marriage Doctor ™, I have published and contributed to both relationship books, notably The 7 Stages of Marriage (Reader’s Digest, 2007), as well as professional books, articles, and other publications.  I am known for my commitment to helping people develop loving and compassionate relationships with their partners and children. I also have presented hundreds of workshops and programs in collaboration with community groups, and at local and national conferences on subjects such as sexual trauma, family violence, family genograms, and relationship enhancement. My approach to counseling is proactive and client-centered. I offer a comprehensive, integrative approach in my work with individuals, couples and families.

Check out The 7 Stages of Marriage book!

Dr. Rita and Sari Harrar worked with Readers' Digest to present The 7 Stages of Marriage, a best selling book for RD in their Health and Wellness section.

One of the most popular topics I teach.

Upcoming Events

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A  Couples Retreat - Loving for Life weekend

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Dr. Rita DeMaria

My Blog

About Dr. Rita DeMaria

Knowing the Research

Distressed Couples and Marriage Education, April 2005. Family Relations

Yes, a relationship education program does work for couples at the brink of breakup! Over 200 reads

Comprehensive Knowledge About Couples & Sex

I am a AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.  My topics include Love, Sex, Romance, Infidelity...and more....

A Media Example: New Perspectives on Silver Couples~The other side of gray

A growing number of people are divorcing as they near retirement age. In the last 20 years, the divorce rate has more than doubled for men and women ages 50 and older. It's a trend with taxing ripple effects that can be felt emotionally, socially, financially, and in other ways. Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests Dr. Rita DeMaria and Dr. Scott Haltzman discuss "Silver Splitters"– older adults who may face divorce. Dr. Rita has helped many couples reconcile no matter what stage of relationship they may be in at that time. With decades of experience with individuals and couples of all ages, Dr. Rita guides them with the knowledge, expertise and compassion. Listen to WHYY Voices in the Family:  https://whyy.org/episodes/silver-splitters-the-other-shade-of-gray-2/

Dr. Rita DeMaria - In Depth

Some people want to know more....

Rita DeMaria is a distinguished professor, marriage and family therapist, author, researcher and relationship educator who is known for her warmth, compassion and commitment to helping couples in all stages of their relationship.  For more than thirty-five years she has contributed to relationship education and personal development through her books, articles, training programs, speaking engagements and media appearances. Dr Rita, also maintains a private practice, helping those who seek her expertise in revitalizing and transforming their relationships, primarily if they are at the ‘brink of divorce’.Dr. DeMaria has appeared as a relationship and marriage expert on NBC’s Today Show, CBS News, the Hallmark Channel, Comcast’s Newsmakers and It’s Your Call, and CN8’s Your Morning news show. She has been frequently quoted on relationship topics, from the marriage movement to teenagers' self-esteem to infidelity, in such publications as Reader’s Digest, Philadelphia Magazine, Redbook, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer and MSNBC.com.She is a master trainer for the PREPARE-ENRICH Inventory, a leading relationship couples, researched and scientifically validated, state of the art, on-line assessment tool.  She has trained clergy, counselors, and marriage/relationship education coaches to facilitate these inventories to individuals of all relationships and faiths.Dr. DeMaria is author and co-author of several books and curricula on the discussion of relationship issues, including:

  • The 7 Stages of Marriage (2007, Readers’ Digest) A READER’S DIGEST HEALTH AND WELLNESS BEST SELLER which is available in Spanish 
  • Focused Genograms: Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples and Families (2017), Routledge.  The Attachment Based Focused Genogram Workbook is currently under contract.     
  • Building Intimate Relationships: The PAIRS Program - Integrating Treatment, Education and Enrichment (2002, Brunner-Routledge)   
  • Marriage Enrichment: Preparation, Outreach and Mentoring (1998).   
  • The 7 Stages of Marriage: A curriculum guide for Leader’s Workshop.  (2008)   
  • Love, Marriage and Family Ties: A curriculum Guide for exploring family history and family legacies. (2009)   
  • Reversing the Ripple Effect:  Becoming a Response-Able Father  An integrated fatherhood and relationship education curricula    
  • Becoming a Depend-Able Family, A couples companion curricula   (DeMaria,R,.& Haggerty,V; Council for Relationships, 2010)

She has also contributed to Preventive Approaches to Couples Therapy (1999, Berger & Hannah), Why Do Fools Fall In Love (2000, Levine and Markman), and The Handbook of Family Therapy (2003, Sexton, Weeks and Robbins. As a public speaker, Dr. DeMaria offers partial, full or two day seminars on a variety of topics. Some of her keynote topics include:

  • The 7 Stages of Marriage
  • Saving Distressed Couples
  • Creating a Passionate Parntership
  • Transforming Patterns of Intergenerational Family Violence
  • Bonding – the Heart of Couple’s Therapy
  • Men, Women, and Love: Creating Passionate Partnerships
  • Here's My Heart’ Seminar: Empathy & Compassion Skill Builder Workshop
  • Emotional Healing Workshops
  • The Emotional Chemistry of Love

Dr. DeMaria is currently a faculty member of the Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Couple and Family Therapy for Council for Relationships and is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Jefferson University, School of Allied Health, Couple and Family Therapy program. For more information on Membership, Affiliations, Awards, contact Rita DeMaria for her full Curriculum Vita

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