18 02, 2017

Abby Burd, LCSW, San Diego Psychotherapist Talks with New Moms March 3rd

By | 2017-02-18T16:00:56+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Catch Abby in a free speaking engagement on March 3rd.

Maiden to Mother Group for New Moms in San Diego
Abby is honored to speak to new moms in San Diego on Friday, March 3rd, at the Maiden to Mother group at Nature’s Whisper. Abby is an LCSW and psychotherapist specializing in maternal mental health, which includes postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and adjustment to the new role. Years ago, she used to lead this group, which encourages new moms to find support, community and new identity.
The group has continued on robustly, but recently, the facilitator and studio director reached out to Abby. The new moms have LOTS of questions and they are hoping Abby can help ease their anxiety. Some of the things the mamas have asked include:
  1. I think […]
23 06, 2016

Paternal Postpartum Depression [Video Clip – News]

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Featured, Maternal Mental Health, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Yesterday Fox 5 San Diego brought me back for a third time to talk about Depression. This time they wanted to hear more about Paternal Postpartum Depression. They were surprised to know that dads and partners are at risk for PPD, too. Many thanks to co-anchor Shally Zomorodi for helping raise awareness. You can watch the clip below:

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Thinking About Getting Help for Paternal Postpartum Depression but Not Sure if You Have the Time?

One thing that I did not get a chance to say was that many parents think it is selfish or self-indulgent to spend time and money on themselves. But numerous studies have shown that fathers’ and mothers’ mental health greatly impact a child’s well-being. In fact parental depression affects emotional and intellectual development and has a lasting […]

28 08, 2015

What is Adolescent Therapy?

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 August 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Yesterday we shared about play therapy and how it can help children. Today’s post introduces adolescent therapy.  No matter what your teen’s behavior looks like, there maybe times when, as a parent, you become concerned and want to seek out help for your child. One of the best ways to do that is through therapy.

What is adolescent therapy?

If you are considering taking your teen to therapy or have wondered what exactly adolescent therapy looks like, here is a quick overview that may help guide you in your decision making.

ADOLESCENT THERAPY (ages 13-18)

How does adolescent therapy differ from adult therapy?

  • Adolescents/teens are not independent. They are usually brought in by parents or guardians and are not there by choice which creates resistance
  • They […]
27 08, 2015

What is Play Therapy?

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Parenting|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What is play therapy?

The act of bringing your child into therapy can often be accompanied by guilt and shame of the parent.  Thoughts about being able to handle family conflict and problems within the family are common, especially for families who are unfamiliar with the therapeutic process.  No matter what your child’s behavior looks like, there maybe times when, as a parent, you become concerned and want to seek out help for your child and one of the best available ways to do that is through therapy.

If you are considering taking your child to therapy or have wondered what exactly child and/or adolescent therapy looks like, here is a quick overview that may help guide you in your decision making.

PLAY THERAPY

Play therapy […]

14 08, 2015

Preparing to Go Back To School

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Parenting|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

back to school

A note from Abby: My new associate Briana, shares her top tips for preparing kids (and parents) for the start of the school year. Briana Kilian, MFTI, is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern (IMF81364), and offers low-cost individual, couples’ and family therapy for children, teens, and adults. Please read her first post here!

The start of a new school year is fast approaching and with that can come a variety of emotions from children and parents! Some kids can’t wait for the first of school to see old friends and make new ones; while others may cry and throw tantrums. Some parents can’t wait for a little extra free time and more structure in their days, while others are already missing summer. If you fall […]

7 08, 2015

Big News: Expanding with New Marriage and Family Therapy Intern Briana Kilian!

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 August 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

I’m excited to announce that I have hired a new Marriage and Family Therapy Intern to work in my private practice! I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Briana this summer and became impressed with her clinical skills, dedication and reliability. She is also a fun and lovely person to be around. Briana will be working out of the same office as me in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego. She comes with a wealth of experience, especially with children, teens and families. She is a registered intern with the Board of Behavioral Science and will be under my supervision and training, although I often feel I learn from her.

I will let her introduce herself:

Briana Kilian, MFTII am a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and […]

25 07, 2015

4 Ways to Help Kids Understand Emotions with “Inside Out” (Disney/Pixar)

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 July 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Giveaways/Free Resources, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

My recent “Inside Out” Study Guide for helping teens and adults understand emotions has been getting positive feedback on Pinterest. Today I’m sharing some ideas for helping younger kids and tweens (grades K-8) use the Disney/Pixar movie to better understand their feelings.

Helping Kids Understand Emotions with Inside Out

1. An emotion pie chart

To be honest, I can’t take full credit. One of my young clients* came up with this idea on his own. He had the brilliant idea of turning his face into a pie chart and using the five colored emotions from Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” to represent the mix of his feelings. He then drew a key identifying the significance of each color.

You can use this idea even if you or […]

12 05, 2015

Chula’s Mission: Helping Girls without Mothers

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 May 12th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: , , |2 Comments

My daughter and I had a unique opportunity this past Mother’s Day weekend. We received an invitation to attend a fundraiser called “Once Upon an Apron” for the non-profit Chula’s Mission. The mission of Chula’s Mission is mentoring and nurturing motherless girls. They provide free services to girls during the critical ages of 11- to 13-years-old. Services include cooking classes, grief counseling and mentoring. The idea of cooking classes really resonates with me, as cooking is part of my own personal self-care and a highlight of raising my daughters.

Chula's Mission San Diego

Scatena Daniels, a philanthropy-focused communications firm, extended the invitation, and was proud to sponsor the event, along with Brian Malarkey’s Green Acres and KyXy 96.5. I […]

7 05, 2015

Sublimating and Sharing

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 May 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Parenting|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

I am proud of my daughter and of myself.

Last week, I saw a flier at my work for a stuffed toy drive in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 4th – May 9th). The toys will be delivered to children who have experienced trauma.

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When I came home, we sorted through her stuffed animals to select which ones were ready to be loved by another child. Of course, there were many stuffed animals that hadn’t been played with for years, only to be proclaimed “My favorite! Not that one!”

So I said, “Let’s take a break to read a book.” We read a book called “Just Enough and Not Too Much.” In the book Simon has a simple […]

1 05, 2015

Positive Parenting Can Save the World

By | 2016-11-01T21:48:41+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Parenting|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Helping Society at a Population Level through Positive Parenting: A lecture by Dr. Matt Sanders, founder of Triple P.

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father and son playing, positive parenting

I had the privilege of attending a lecture today by Dr. Matt Sanders, the Developer of Triple P, and Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia, hosted by Jewish Family Service. Most of the attendees were big wigs, from state senators’ offices, the upper-ups from Neighborhood House Association, Episcopal Family Services, Easter Seals, school districts, and many programs associated with First 5, Head Start and the County Health and Human Services Agency.

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