Dr Israel & Cathie Helfand
Israel Helfand, PhD, LMFT, CST
Israel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) since 1984. He is a Certified Sex Therapist with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). He was also certified as a Hypnotist, and a Senior Member of the Academy of Family Mediators with a specialty in Divorce Mediation.
Israel is an experienced group leader with thousands of hours in Psychodrama, and years of experience running Mens’ Groups including groups for Vietnam Vets. He has led many workshops, taught college, written numerous articles, spoken on radio and television, and supervised many therapists.
In the early ‘90s Israel was certified as a Wilderness First Responder and a Licensed New York State Wilderness Guide. He ran “inward bound” and Vision Quest type backpacking retreats, known as Soul Awakening, Corporate Quest, and Ecopsychology. In addition, he led clients in Shamanic Journey, Soul Retrieval, and Past Life Journey experiences. Nature has always been his sanctuary, his safe place. As a child he often retreated to the woods and stream. Today, he enjoys his little piece of heaven in Vermont.
On a personal note, Israel has overcome multiple childhood traumas. Today, he is described as having five ACES: from not being wanted, to being bullied from peers, and antisemitism from teachers, employees, employers, and other authority figures. Therefore, he understands what it takes to overcome the past and to learn to trust.
Now, he teaches clients how to turn their “sad and tragic tale” into a Hero’s or Heroine’s Journey, how to communicate in a more positive way with significant others, self-soothe and re-parent themselves, and to personally feel stronger and healthier.
Cathie Helfand, MS
Cathie Helfand, MS, is a Vermont Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters in Counseling and Human Resources, with a focus in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies. She brings an expertise to marriage therapy from her extensive graduate training and experience in Relationship Enhancement Therapy.
She has worked with couples and families since 1977, in a variety of settings including her marriage counseling work with Israel, as a youth and family counselor at Danbury Youth Services, as an Employee Assistance Program counselor for Pitney Bowes and other small businesses, and with the Fairfield County Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the Exploring Director.
As an adjunct professor she has taught courses including Family Therapy, Ecopsychology, and Addictions and the Family. Over the years Cathie worked for three different dating services and even started one called “To Life.” Cathie’s focus is on helping people make decisions in their lives, find happiness in their relationships, and make plans to move forward in a more positive direction.
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If you are ready to fix your troubled marriage or relationship, we can help. A private Marriage Counseling Retreat can help you and your partner enhance your marriage by addressing the underlying issues through a compassionate, direct, and effective process.
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