Who is Dr. David Wilchfort?
David Wilchfort, M.D. was born in 1946. He works as a licensed physician and psychotherapist in Munich, Germany, where he lives with his wife, to whom he has been married for more than forty five years.
Training and Practical Experience
Following his medical studies at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich, McGill University in Montreal, and the University of Toronto, Dr. Wilchfort received his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1971, and received additional training in psychiatry, behavioral therapy and family therapy at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich.
He studied an integrative form of couple therapy at the Institute for Research and Training in Communication Therapy in Munich and was trained as a psychoanalyst at the Munich Association of Psychoanalysis.
He received his license in psychoanalysis from the Bavarian Medical Association. In 1973 Dr. Wilchfort opened his own medical practice specializing in couple and family therapies.
Dr. Wilchfort trains other therapists in family and behavioral therapy as an accredited teacher for the Bavarian Medical Association and the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bayerns (Union of Physicians working for Public Insurance Companies in Bavaria).
For a period of 20 years he was a member of the training committees of both the Munich Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Bavarian Academy for Psychotherapy (training behavior therapy).
His expert advice on improving conflict management and communication skills in relationships is sought by many German print publications and TV programs.
Why is he offering this for free?
Why I undertook this research?
It is important to me, at the conclusion of my professional life, to pass on what I was privileged to learn from the thousands of couples that I had seen over the years.
I also want to verify my findings in a scientific way. That is why I have taken on the financial responsibility for this research and therefore the findings are free to the public.
Also it is my personal ambition to make couples aware of the potential happiness that is often buried under the rubble of hours of quarrels.
Finally, I am convinced that people in happy relationships are also more loving to other people.
And therefore I claim:
With each additional happy couple, our world becomes a little more peaceful.
Why should the method work?
Using a similar method, a study at the University of Jena (Germany) showed a marked positive relationship change in the participants.
Also, there are many related behavior and brain studies that underpin the reasoning behind this study.
…The more you dwell on the negative, the more accustomed your brain becomes to dwelling on the negative. …
…reduced activity in this brain region suggests that our happily-in-love long-term partners were overlooking the negative to focus on the positive aspects of their marital relationships…
…highlight spousal gratitude expressions as a promising, yet understudied, process within couples that promotes and protects marital quality. …
Allen W. Barton