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DU's Couples Clinic

Feb. 7, 2011—More than 90 percent of people marry and divorce and never see a marital therapist.

Howard Markman, director of the University of Denver's (DU) Center for Marital and Family Studies and head of the DU Couples Clinic says it is a shame when couples don't seek help.

"We are the relationship optimists," Markman says. "Our research suggests couples who want to improve their relationship by learning communication and other skills can do so!"

Markman, who is also author of Fighting For Your Marriage, says couples can be taught how to restore the fun, friendship and passion in their relationship.

"Research shows that many marriages can be saved and couples who have thought about divorce and do not do so are happier with their marriage years later," Markman says.

The counseling program used at the clinic is based on Markman's best-selling book Fighting for Your Marriage, based on 30 years of research with couples at DU, as well as new research being conducted at the psychology department at DU.

As part of short-term couples' therapy program at DU, couples will learn communication skills, to improve their ability to talk without fighting about important issues, to solve problems as a team, to be more supportive, to understand commitment, sacrifice and forgiveness, to have more fun, be better friends and restore sensuality and romance.

The Couples Therapy Clinic can be reached at 303-871-3306.