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’ve been working with couples my entire professional career in the Chicago area. After decades of helping couples in distress, I have acquired a reputation as someone who can deal with complex situations.

For over 18 years as a professor of the Couples and Family Counseling program at Northeastern Illinois University, also in Chicago, I trained and supervised master’s level students who went on to become couples therapists themselves.

Sara Schwarzbaum

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:

Helping Couples Uncouple Well - Part II

Helping Couples Uncouple Well - Part II

How Can Couples Therapists Help During Separation or Divorce? In part I of Helping Couples Uncouple Well, I described how couples can design their future with creativity and an open mind. I described separation agreements, nesting agreements, and open relationships....

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Helping couples uncouple well

Helping couples uncouple well

Designing the future with creativity and an open mind Part 1 When it comes to uncoupling, one size does not fit all. We didn’t learn this in grad school. We got some training in doing couples therapy, but most likely, we didn’t learn much about how to help couples...

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Working with sexual desire discrepancy

Working with sexual desire discrepancy

The information I use in this blog has been inspired by the work of Martha Kauppi, Marty Klein, Emily Nagoski and Barry McCarthy. There comes a point in the treatment with a couple, when we have to start talking about sex. Talking about sexual issues is not the...

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What you'll get from this couples therapy training program:

  • 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 during the monthly recorded Zoom call.
  • You will learn what to say, what to do 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'll have access to the couples therapist toolbox. You will join a supportive community of 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.