Dr. Rita

Dr. Rita, the Relationship Expert

     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 individuals in all stages of their relationship.  For more than thirty 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 an active clinical practice, helping those who seek her expertise in revitalizing and transforming their relationships, primarily if they are on 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 assessment: 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.

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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 Partnership
  • 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

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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.
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Dr. Rita knows best!

I believe that the key to success and happiness in life is establishing and maintaining loving and compassionate relationships with family, friends and within our communities. In my work, I help people identify and focus on cultivating an attitude of acceptance for the challenges they have faced and to learn how to become an emotionally mature person who is trustworthy and kind.