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
This post was written by Michael Villarreal, LCPC, an associate therapist at Couples Counseling Associates. Often the spark that ignites tension in a relationship can be over something trivial. You might feel you’re fighting over such...Read more
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
We all enter our own relationship with certain beliefs about what a “good” relationship is and how we’re supposed to feel when we’re in one. These beliefs and assumptions not only determine our behavior in the relationship, but...Read more
More couples are hiring a qualified couples counselor to help them avoid the mistakes of their parents’ generation. Research indicates that with the help of counselors, couples are faring better than a generation ago and divorce rates have...Read more
What does a good relationship look like? A real relationship? In this post, we’ll take a look at what makes a good relationship, how to manage expectations, and how to strengthen your relationship by shifting your mindset. What a Real...Read more
We get this question a lot. When should you go see a marriage counseling alone? Would you go see a marriage counselor alone? Let’s look at why going to marriage counseling alone can be beneficial for you and your relationship. An Example...Read more