Fulfilling Relationships Are Possible

Build a life together by gaining the wisdom to connect deeply, communicate effectively, and have fun together by breaking the negative cycles.


Couples Retreats Now Offered In Person Or Via Live Video Chat

Relationships Require Communication Skills

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.


A crisis can be an opportunity to build intimacy instead of breaking it. Couples often get caught in cycles of negative behaviors and poor communication leading to hurt, frustration, disappointment, and mistrust.

I work with couples to identify the circles they are trapped in and provide tools to build or repair their connection and intimacy.


No one gets married to get divorced, and yet most marriages either end or are unhappy. This can happen because no one ever teaches us how to stay connected or have a healthy relationship.

I can help premarital or newlywed couples improve the quality of their relationship and honor their vows.

Experience Change Now

Learn lifelong relationship skills through experience and practice.

Improve Communication

Learn how to effectively share your thoughts, feelings, be heard, and how to listen.

emotional intelligence

Turn difficult emotions into an opportunity to improve intimacy.

Increase Sexual Intimacy

Tune in to each other's needs in order to create a closer connection.

Resolve Conflict

Build trust and work through past traumas and recent arguments to prevent affairs and divorce.

Stop Feeling Alone

Learn how to create synergy in your relationship while also being independently happy.

Rebuild A Strong Connection

Build intimacy during difficult conversations instead of breaking it.​

I work with one couple at a time either via live video chat or in my office in Danvers, Massachusetts. Each marriage retreat is a 2-day workshop from 10am until 3:30pm with a one hour lunch break. Retreats are generally held on a Friday and Saturday.

What To Expect

While every couple is unique, there is a universal formula to a successful and fulfilling relationship.

On your retreat, we will follow these 4 steps to help you both achieve your goals.


Learn what happy couples have in common and how healthy relationships work

Goals & History

Explore your relationship goals, each partners’ individual history, and how these histories impact the relationship


Work on scientifically proven skills that improve communication, behaviors, and connection


The rest of the retreat is devoted to having the couple implement and practice the skills

Break The Negative Cycles

If you break a circle anywhere, it is no longer a circle. My job is to identify the weak points in your negative cycles, and help you create a new positive connection.

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Relationship Expert

Dr David Helfand is a Psychologist with over 10 years of experience helping people identify and fix negative patterns in their lives. He uses his training in neuroscience, psychology, mindfulness, and yoga to help couples experience a more fulfilling and peaceful life.

From Satisfied Clients

Read how LifeWise has changed the lives of past clients.

"My husband and I got more done in 3 hours with Dr H than in several years of therapy with multiple therapists."
"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."
"I just wanted to say thanks for the good session today. It's great to have the practical exercise. Looking forward to using it."
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Please note that some information from testimonials may have been changed to protect confidentiality.