Private Intensive Couples Retreat
COVID-19 UPDATE: Israel and Cathie are only working with couples who have been fully vaccinated. Couples who want a virtual retreat and are physically in Vermont, Massachusetts, or Florida can contact their son, Dr. David Helfand, about his 1, 2, or 3-Day Private Retreats at https://www.lifewisevt.com/couples-counseling/. He also does retreats in-person in St Johnsbury, Vermont.
Sexploration is a highly specialized three-day retreat program held in Vermont. It is designed for one couple at a time looking to explore the marital and sexual issues of their relationship. We have found that our intensive couple-to-couple marriage and sex therapy (the four of us working together) is effective for couples who are struggling with having a mutually satisfying sexually intimate relationship.
We work with couples who are looking for ways to explore and spice things up a bit, as well with couples who need much more than just a “spice up”. These couples usually have a complex relationship history and seek an intensive, individualized, well informed and guided approach. No nudity or sexual touch is done during our sessions together, however you will most likely have some homework to do in the privacy of your hotel or B&B.
Keep the Love Lights Burning
Marriages are challenging, and keeping the love lights burning in today’s fast-paced society is equally difficult. As a husband and wife team, counseling couples for over 35 years, we have specific training in marriage therapy, sex therapy, and marriage repair. We know personally and professionally about the challenges of a wide range of marital issues. We bring to our work with you a blend of male and female perspectives… and a comfort with personal and sexual issues.
Sexploration works best with a couple in a committed relationship, though not necessarily “married”. Addressing sexual issues such as lack of interest or desire, erectile dysfunction, infidelity, performance anxiety, and problems with orgasm, to name a few, are best done in a communicative, respectful, and trusting environment.
If communication is a big issue and/or communicating basic emotional needs is non-existent we need to begin with some communication skill building. If you have marriage problems such as communication, emotional intimacy, or mid-life crisis, visit our sister site at MarriageQuest.Org.
Who We Are
Dr. Israel Helfand and his wife, Cathie Helfand, facilitate all Sexploration and Marriage Quest retreats at their homestead in rural northern Vermont. They do not have interns or students doing their work, they are the “sexperts”. They have been working together as Marriage and Sex Therapists since 1983.
After 10 years as owners/directors of Danbury Personal Counseling in Danbury, Connecticut, Israel and Cathie moved to Vermont to downsize, build their home and mini-farm together, and be more active parents. Today they are empty nest, enjoying their farm project and running Sexploration and Marriage Quest retreats.
Email us to find out about available dates and pricing. If you are looking to have a conversation, call us at 802-563-3063. If we are busy counseling another couple when you call, leave a message and we will return your call promptly.
Come experience what many other couples have found to be a more satisfying, comfortable, private, cost effective, and time-efficient way to nourish, heal, or re-direct your marriage/relationship.
Better Than a Year of Therapy
We have often heard from clients, many of whom themselves are therapists, that our 3-day program is worth more than a year of 45-minute weekly therapy sessions. Come experience what many other couples have found to be a more satisfying, comfortable, private, cost effective, and time-efficient way to nourish or heal your relationship.