Practical tips to reduce conflict during the holiday season (or anytime)! The holiday seasons is a good time of the year to ask yourself, “What can I do better?”; “What shifts can I make?”; “What can I change?”...Read more
Assessing anger is a mini blog series examining the meaning of anger, how to manage anger and how it can play out in relationships. In case you missed them, read part one and part two first. Part 3: The Meaning of Anger in Relationships In two...Read more
Assessing anger is a mini blog series examining the meaning of anger, how to manage anger and how it can play out in relationships. If you missed part one, read it here. Part 2: Anger as an unmet need, desire or expectation Frequent angry...Read more
Assessing anger is a mini blog series examining the meaning of anger, how to manage anger and how it can play out in relationships. Part 1: The Meaning of Anger Productive disagreements are good for all relationships, but if you struggle to get a...Read more
As a couples therapist, I’ve spent a long time working with conflict-avoidant men. I’ve seen how, in session, it can lead to therapy unraveling as frustrated partners rage at their passivity and emotional disengagement. Working with these men isn’t always easy, but I’ve developed a road map that’s helped me expedite what can often be a lengthy and difficult process. Read about the roadmap →
“One piece of advice I have is don’t make decisions in the middle of the pandemic. You might change your mind,” said Sara Schwarzbaum, a couples’ counselor in Chicago. Read the full article here, or watch the segment from ABC7 Chicago, below.
I consider myself lucky. When the lockdown began, I was already transitioning to doing online couples therapy. If, say, one partner was unable to make it to a session, I’d offer them a virtual alternative with the other partner in my office. Another couple I’d been working with moved away but wanted to continue working with me, so online therapy proved convenient. Another couple that had been driving over an hour to come see me finally decided the commute was too much, and decided to switch to online. So, when I stopped being able to go to the office, I knew what to do. Keep reading on Psychotherapy Networker →
Dr. Sara Schwarzbuam was featured in ABC 7, Chicago’s report “Online divorce in Illinois offers alternative for couples splitting up during coronavirus pandemic.” Sara told ABC 7, “The best way right now is to communicate, communicate, communicate. Ask kindly what you need, ask for help. Manage expectations.” Read more here. If you have questions about divorce, you can visit our divorce counseling page.
Trying to divorce during COVID-19: How do you live with someone you no longer want to spend your life with? Couples Counseling Associates founder, Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum navigates this difficult question in a new post for the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.
What can couples in quarantine learn from retired couples? A lot about sharing and balance. In an unprecedented manner, couples find themselves stuck at home together, sharing the same spaces around the clock. That can be stressful and difficult...Read more