Israel Helfand preparing ingredients at a cutting board.

Israel Helfand

Education and Major Trainings

Northeast Triangle Training Program in Psychodrama and Action Leadership,
New Paltz, NY, Jonathan Fox, MA, TEP
September 1990-June 1991
Group Therapy Techniques,
New Haven, CT, Eugene Eliasoph, CISW, TEP
September 1989-June 1990
Academy of Family Mediators, Lexington, MA 1985-1987
Relationship Enhancement for Couples and Families,
CORE, Doylestown, PA, Barry Ginsberg, Ph.D.
Columbia Pacific University, San Rafael, CA,
Ph.D., Education and Behavioral Science. Unpublished dissertation: Marital Conservation
University of Bridgeport,
Bridgeport, CT, M.S., Counseling and Human Resources. Internship as High School Guidance Counselor and Hypnotherapist.
State University of New York at New Paltz,
New Paltz, NY, B.A. Liberal Arts experiences included internships as a legislative assistant, teachers assistant and participation in outdoor and survival programs. Political Science major.

Work Experience

Helfand Retreats, LLC, Cabot, VT,
(Formerly All Seasons VT Inc. and Four Seasons Healing Inc.) Director and Co-therapist of all retreats and programs. Originator of the Soul Awakening retreats, The Teen Rites Project and Applied Eco- psychology course. Clinical services include: Couples / Marriage and sexual counseling and professional supervision
Corporate Quest, Cabot, VT,
Management / business consultations. Advancing human relationship systems within corporations and organizations. Systems analysis, team building and leadership development retreats.
Community College of Vermont, White River Junction, VT
College Instructor. Courses included Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, and The Psychology of Dreams
Danbury Personal Counseling, Danbury, CT,
Founder, Clinical Director, and Supervisor of an interdisciplinary staff of therapists. Administration of Employee Assistance Programs and Managed Health Care. Community outreach. Psychodramatist, supervisor (1991-1994): John Nolte, Ph.D., TEP.
Men’s Counseling Centers, Inc., Danbury, CT,
Co-founder and President of this non-profit organization. Responsibilities included program development and leadership, groups, workshops, weekend retreats, backpacking trips, and a video production called Man in the Making. Co-therapist, supervisor: Ari Kopolow, MD.


Vermont Marriage and Family Therapist,
License Number #100-0000005
American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists,
Clinical Member
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
Certified Sex therapist
Connecticut Marriage and Family Therapist,
License Number #000189
New Hampshire Marriage and Family Therapist,
License Number #10
New York State Licensed Wilderness Guide 1992-1996
Nationally Certified Wilderness First Responder 1992-1998
Academy of Family Mediators
Senior Member
American Council of Hypnotist Examiners February 1982
North American Professional Hypnotherapeutic Association
Certified Hypnotherapist
December 1981

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, Clinical Member 1984-Present
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists 2006-Present
Certified Professional Member 2008-Present
Member 2006-2008
American Counseling Association 1978-1995
American Mental Health Counselors Association 1978-1982
Association for Specialists in Group Work 1992-1995
American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama 1990-1995
Employee Assistance Professional Association, Inc. 1981-1985
Employee Assistance Society of North America 1989-1993
Academy of Family Mediators 1985-1993
Senior Member 1987-1993
Practitioner Member 1985-1987
Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis 1981-1985
Wilderness Guides Council 1997-2007