Advanced couples therapy training at an affordable rate. An integrative approach. 

  • Feel more competent and gain more confidence with your couples cases.
  • Hear an experienced couples therapist conduct full sessions with real couples. 
  • Gain access to tools and interventions to help you with difficult couples.


By becoming a subscriber each month, you can:

  • Have access to the audio of a full couples session.
  • Participate in a 90-minute, live Q & A video conference where I will answer your questions about the session you heard. This session is recorded if you cannot attend live.
  • Hear a monthly lesson about one therapy framework, plus practical tools, derived from that framework that you can implement right away.


When it comes to working with couples, one size does not fit all.

Access a community of like-minded couples therapists on the journey to become more confident, and share tips, personal struggles, and professional wins.


12 Recorded Lessons

Session Recordings

12 recorded sessions

Zoom meetings live

12 recorded live sessions

About Me

Sara Schwarzbaum

👉 I was the Coordinator of the Couples and Family Counseling Program at Northeastern Illinois University for 18 years, where I developed the curriculum for the Couples Counseling Courses.

👉 I have been working with couples for decades. I have a reputation in the Chicago community where I live and practice as someone who is very effective with difficult cases.

👉 I get requests from seasoned couples’ therapists to consult about their couples cases. They find my approach very helpful.

👉 I have created a Facebook group where I conduct free, ½ hour, couples therapy consultation monthly.

👉 In addition to the Academy, I run supervision groups where I discuss couples therapy cases only with the clinicians who are members of the group.

👉 I write and publish articles for couples’ therapists in blogs, magazines and professional journals, most recently these two:

  1. Want to Help Emotionally Dysregulated Couples During a Session?
  2. How do you help a couple heal from old hurts?
Sara Schwarzbaum


Why us...

Most other trainings focus on one framework only and don’t offer 12 live full sessions. 

If you join The Academy for Couples Therapists you will hear how I integrate various frameworks including The Gottman Method, EFT, the Developmental model, intergenerational, psychodynamic, and Solution Focused/Narrative therapy approaches.

During the training program, the Modules are released once a month, so you are not overwhelmed by the amount of material.

Additionally, I will help you clarify your identity as a couples therapist. 

The Academy will help you stay connected with other therapists, and get better results with your couples. When you hear how I conduct sessions with couples at different stages of the treatment process, and when you hear lessons about what frameworks to use and when, you will become more creative.

The Academy for Couples Therapists training is for you if:

👉  You sometimes hope that some of your couples won't show up

👉  You feel overwhelmed when couples fight during sessions

👉  You find yourself losing empathy for one of the partners

👉  Your clinical self-confidence flounders You've learned about one model, but are finding it doesn't fit every client 

👉 You know you need more training, but you're not sure which way to turn


When you consider the cost of a professional consultation, the monthly content you'll receive with the Academy, in addition to two opportunities each month for live group consultation with Sara, the value can't be beat! There is nothing like this in our field.

Alison K.

13 years of experience

Sara’s academy has been a valuable forum for deepening my work with couples. I benefit from her vast experience, as she shares tips, interventions, resources, perspective, and even monthly recordings of her own sessions with clients. Her expertise and mentorship are such a gift!

Sharon S.

10 years of experience


The rate is just $99.00 per month. Or make one annual payment of $891.00, equal to $74.25 per month—much less than the price of one professional consultation session—for a savings of $297.00.

So, if you pay for the entire year upfront, you'll save three months. You will be charged monthly, unless you choose to pay for the full year up front.

If you’re not satisfied for any reason, I guarantee a full refund within the first 30 days, no questions asked. And you can cancel a monthly subscription any time.

See below the latest blog on the Academy site:

Do you ever wish a couple didn't show up for a session?

Do you ever wish a couple didn't show up for a session?

If you work with couples, I’m sure you’ve experienced this; You wish that a couple you are working with didn’t come back for treatment or didn’t show up for a session. You know which couples I am talking about. They don’t do their homework. They cancel at the last...

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When couples are in crisis

When couples are in crisis

This was a bad week. About half of the couples I am seeing, are going through a severe crisis. And that has an effect on my clinical self-esteem: I feel incompetent. Here is a sample of my self-talk after a session with certain couples in crisis this week: “I should...

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In what ways is a romantic relationship like a business?

In what ways is a romantic relationship like a business?

In what ways is a romantic relationship like a business? A relationship is a fragile emotional bond. Things can go wrong at any time, and wreck the bond for good. But in addition to an emotional bond, a long term committed relationship is also a business-like bond....

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What you'll get from  the Academy for Couples Therapists Training Program

✔ You will learn from my successes and mistakes

✔ You will hear me in actual, full sessions—not just short clips—and then you’ll have opportunities to ask me why I made the choices I did at each turn.

✔ You will learn what to say and when.

✔ You’ll make informed decisions about which frameworks best suit you and are worthy of your investment of time and money for additional training.

✔ You will be joining a supportive community of other couples therapists.

✔ You will feel more competent, and learn to tolerate the occasional feelings of incompetence even seasoned therapists experience.

✔ You will no longer be afraid of working with difficult couples.


Subscribe to the Academy!

Advanced couples therapy training at an affordable rate.
An integrative approach.
When it comes to working with couples, one size does not fit all.

If you have ANY questions, feel free to contact Sara Schwarzbaum at anytime.