Dr. Charles D. and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz


"The marriage doctors"


Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz are renowned love and marriage experts and multiple award-winning authors. As “The Official Guides To Marriage” for www.SelfGrowth.com, the top self-help website in the world, they provide inspiration and guidance to readers around the globe.  

Affectionately dubbed “the marriage doctors” by their clients, fans, and workshop participants, Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz know that simple things matter in relationships. They understand what makes relationships work because they have conducted three decades of research on successful marriages, as well as sharing personal experience drawn from their own 43- year marriage.

Together, The Schmitz’s have written the award-winning book, Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage, and are popular speakers and talk show guests. Their next book, Building a Love That Lasts, provides more surprising insights on creating successful relationships and will be published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in January 2010.

Invite “the marriage doctors” to speak and they’ll:

• Reveal the characteristics of happily married couples, including the practices of simple kindness and common courtesy, and share practical tips on how you can incorporate them into relationships.
• Answer questions on love and marriage and offer advice on how to build and maintain strong relationships.
• Invite your audience to take part in “The Marriage Quiz” and find out if their relationship measures up with those who have been happily married for 30 to 60 years.

Speaking Engagements Available by "the marriage doctors":

"The marriage doctors' have you on the edge of your seat as they enlighten, inspire,
and motivate you to learn how to live life happily with a successful marriage."

Dynamic and compelling in their style, the Doctors entertain and energize audiences with the power of their positive message about love, marriage and relationships. With more than 25 years of research experience on successfully married couples and their own 42 years of successful marriage, the Doctors know what makes marriage and relationships work. From their hundreds of interviews with happily married couples, representing more than 15,000 years of marriage, they've discovered the seven pervasive characteristics present in all successful marriages.

As award winning authors and professional speakers, the Doctors have received some 60 local, state, and national awards. They have published nearly 350 books,articles and manuscripts; delivered over 1000 speeches, workshops and public presentations to widely diverse audiences as few as 10 and as many as 10,000; worked with foreign governments and traveled throughout the world; and appeared on radio and television and in the print media.


Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz are renowned love and marriage experts and award winning authors. As “The Official Guides To Love” for www.SelfGrowth.com—the number one self-help website in the world, they have established a vast worldwide readership. For the past 26 years, Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz have been called “the marriage doctors”—a term given them by one of their early workshop participants.

With more than 26 years of research experience on relationships, successful marriages, as well as their own 42-year marriage, they know what makes relationships. Their award-winning book, Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage, exposes their secrets for success through poignant, real-life stories, garnered from hundreds of interviews with successfully married couples. It is the 2008 INDIE Book Awards Gold Medal WINNER for Best Relationship Book.

Dr. Charles D. Schmitz has been a highly successful faculty member and administrator in higher education for 39 years. His teaching has focused in the areas of counseling psychology and leadership. During his distinguished career, he has received more than 40 local, state and national awards; published 200 articles, manuscripts, books and scholarly papers; delivered 600 speeches and professional presentations; traveled throughout the world; and has frequently appeared on radio, television and in the print media. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a long-time Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at three different major universities.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz was an award-winning administrator and educator for 36 years. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has lectured in numerous college courses in the areas of counseling and leadership, As the former chief operating officer for a large organization of 22,000, she understands complex enterprises and human relations issues. During her career, Elizabeth received 25 local, state and national awards; published over 150 articles, manuscripts and books; delivered over 400 speeches, workshops and presentations; made numerous radio and television appearances; and has been quoted extensively in the print media on a variety of topics. She currently is president of Successful Marriage Reflections, LLC.

What they say about Charles and Liz Schmitz:

Book Endorsements:

“Charley and Liz Schmitz completed their superb book, ‘Golden Anniversaries,’ in honor of their own 40th wedding anniversary. As someone who has followed their work for two decades, I can attest to their wonderfully loving and successful marriage. For 25 years they have interviewed other successfully married couples like themselves in an effort to discover whether there are pervasive characteristics present in all successful marriages. This book will make a positive difference in your life.”
Dr. Cheryl Beamer
Vice President
The Gallup Organization

"Drs. Charles and Liz Schmitz have written a gem of a book about successful love, marriage and relationships. The resonating theme of their wonderful book is that love is simple to understand and to make work, but, alas, too many people just won't do the little things on a daily basis that matter in their loving relationship. People in love everywhere should read their book.”
Dr. Mark Pope, Past President of the American Counseling Association



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