Couples & Marriage Therapy

Private Psychotherapy & Intensive Retreats To Fix Your Relationship

Is your marriage in crisis? Relationships require skills that most people are never taught. Learn how you can break your negative cycles and create positive change in your relationship by connecting with each other, reflecting on your personal patterns, and effectively redirecting your partner.


Common Marital Issues

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couples sitting on couch at LifeWise in marriage retreat with Dr David Helfand Psy D

I Can Help You

Short-Term Therapy With Long-Term Results

“Many couples have told me that their past marriage counseling didn’t work or even made their situation worse. They also tell me that the positive focus in my sessions and my redirection of their communication style helped them feel safe, understood, and finally broke their negative cycles.”

Dr. David Helfand, PsyD
Owner & Founder of LifeWise

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Marriage Requires Skill​s

I’m often asked why the divorce rate is so high. My answer is that people are rarely taught relationship skills. Imagine if construction workers were not taught how to properly build houses. How many homes would fall or collapse? I educate every couple on the three pillars of relationship success: connect, reflect, and redirect.


Discover how to communicate more intimately with your partner to increase your Love, Like, and Lust towards each other


Increase your self-awareness and resiliency to stay calm, grounded, and able to engage in positive conversations


Learn how to effectively coach your spouse to get them back on track after moments of tension and conflict

Repair or Strengthen Your Marriage

Committed relationships are hard work and many couples are caught in negative cycles of poor communication and interactions. Correct and prevent negative cycles, create positive change, and be connected with each other


Break the negative cycles of communication and interaction by learning the skills to reconnect and find peace in your house.

Sex Therapy

Couples of all ages can lose their spark or desire. Sexual satisfaction is extremely important for marital success and affair prevention.


Affairs can feel like the end of the marriage and leave someone questioning what they did wrong or blaming their partner. There are ways to survive and prevent affairs by working on the relationship.


Do you want your happily ever after? Premarital and newlywed couples are rarely taught how to maintain a fulfilling and vibrant marriage. Learn the skills you need to truly honor your vows.

couples sitting on couch at LifeWise in marriage therapy with Dr David Helfand Psy D

Private Couples' Retreats

Better Than 6-months of Therapy

Most couples want to experience positive change as quickly and efficiently as possible. Private retreats accomplish exactly that. Learn  and practice the skills for a fulfilling and successful relationship during a 1 to 3 day virtual retreat with Dr Helfand.

Online Couples' Course Included With Every Retreat

Every retreat comes with a subscription to the Online Couples Course. You can also purchase this course as a standalone product if you want to learn the skills in a self-directed process.

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Marriage & Neuroscience

Researchers have repeatedly found that happy relationships require a ratio of 5:1 positive to negative interactions. This means for every negative experience together, you need 5 positive ones to then feel good about your partner.

I help every couple learn how to create more connection with each other even during times of stress. Brain scans of couples in love and disagreement shows us that these states are very similar neurologically. Therefore, discord in a relationship is actually an opportunity to connect if you know how to appropriately redirect that energy and emotion.

Positive Change Is Possible

"My husband and I got more done in 3 sessions with Dr H than in several years of therapy with multiple therapists."


"Your work with us has done wonders, and I am so grateful. Thank you!”


"I just wanted to say thanks for the good session today. It's great to have the practical exercise. Looking forward to using it."


"After just one neurofeedback session my wife said I was a changed man. I was more pleasant, had more energy, and I slept great that night."


Let's Get Started

When you are ready to start making positive changes, contact Dr Helfand using the link below. You can also learn more about his philosophy of care, his training and biography, or the use of Telehealth and virtual sessions.

Relationship Quiz

Assess the 3 pillars of your relationship to learn which areas need improvement and which are strong
Estimated completion time: 3 minutes

Still Have Questions?

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about how I can help you improve your relationship as well as learn about other services at LifeWise