Working with Conflict-Avoidant Men

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 →

Couples Therapy During Coronavirus

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 →

NEW: Divorce during COVID-19? Maybe not.

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.