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
Thoughts and exercises for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic from the founder of Couples Counseling Associates, Sara Schwarzbaum. Dear clients, colleagues, friends, and supervisees, As we face a massive disruptions in our lives, I wanted to reach...Read more
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Set these simple relationship resolutions with your partner or individually for a stronger partnership in the New Year! This post was written by Michael Villarreal, LCPC, an associate therapist at Couples Counseling Associates. Approaching the...Read more
In the beginning, everything was bliss. You fell in love even though you didn’t know each other very well. Maybe you liked the way you felt around each other: giddy, cheesy, and like a kid in a candy store. You emphasized what you had in common...Read more
Many couples struggle, fight, and even divorce over money issues. After the honeymoon period, some couples begin to have escalating conflicts regarding finances, debt, investment, or spending or they stop talking to each other altogether about...Read more