Rita M. DeMaria, PhD, LMFT, LSW
Rita DeMaria has been a marriage and family therapist since 1974. Dr. DeMaria's practice
specializes in marriage education, counseling, enrichment, divorce
prevention and premarital assessment and counseling. In addition
to counseling and teaching relationship education classes, Dr.
DeMaria also offers PREPARE/ENRICH assessments and courses in
Sex Education and Anger Management. She has also created the Loving
Relationships program for couples who are looking for advanced training
and support to create a dynamic, loving relationship.
Dr. DeMaria is a clinical member and approved supervisor for the
American Association for Marriage and Family. She is a nationally
recognized marriage education expert. Dr. DeMaria consulted
with the American Bar Association Family Law Section in the development
of the PARTNERS program for high school students.
Dr. DeMaria is the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Stages
of Marriage: Laughter, Intimacy and Passion Today, Tomorrow, Forever
(2006). She has also authored and co-authored several books discussing
relationship issues, including Focused Genograms: Intergenerational
Assessment of Individuals, Couples and Families (1999, Taylor/Routledge);
Building Intimate Relationships: The PAIRS Program - Integrating
Treatment, Education and Enrichment (2002, Brunner-Routledge)
and Marriage Enrichment: Preparation, Outreach and Mentoring (1998).
Dr. DeMaria 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).
Dr. DeMaria is a public speaker offering seminars on a variety of topics. Some of her keynote topics
include “Marriage Isn't Just a Piece of Paper”, “’Here's My Heart’
Seminar: Empathy & Compassion Skill Builder Workshop”, “Emotional
Healing Workshop”, “Expanding the Continuum of Interventions for
Couples”, “Unraveling the Negative Emotional Infinity Loop”, “The
Emotional Chemistry of Love”, “Emotional Connection through Behavioral
Change”, and “Men, Women, and Love: Creating Passionate Partnerships”.
She has also created The 7 Stages of Marriage Leader’s Workshop
and Teach Out of the Box Kit for counselors and clergy.
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, Redbook, The Chicago Tribune,
The Philadelphia Inquirer and MSNBC.com.
An honors graduate in Sociology from Bloomsburg University, Dr.
DeMaria earned a master of science degree in Human Behavior and
Development from Drexel University and a doctorate degree from
Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research. She
is married to Richard DeMaria and has two children.
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