Looking for ways to stay balanced and at your best? Abigail Burd, LCSW, San Diego Psychotherapist blogs here to help new parents, educators and helping professionals help themselves and others.

17 05, 2019

Forbes Fourth Trimester Article [Press]

By |2019-05-17T19:18:45-07:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Forbes recently asked me what new moms, like Meghan Markle, can expect in the fourth trimester. Other experts, like Harvey Karp, also shared about the physical and emotional changes. I was happy for the opportunity to discuss the social, emotional and mental changes that await many new parents. You can read the excellent article on Forbes.com and see more of our conversation below.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry holding new baby - What emotional changes can new moms expect in the Fourth Trimester?

How does your body and brain change after childbirth? In your professional opinion, what are the postpartum changes no one tells new moms about?

Oh, wow, what doesn’t change? Pregnancy is one of the most volatile times for a woman’s body. We have massive […]

22 02, 2019

Preventing Perinatal Depression [TV News Clip]

By |2019-02-22T11:44:34-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Here’s some big news for perinatal mental health: a national panel just released a report that depression during pregnancy and postpartum can be PREVENTED with evidenced-based counseling. KSWB-TV brought me back for a sixth time to explain. You can watch a clip here.

Perinatal depression is a big problem

Depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum is a big problem, not just for 1 in 5 women, but for their partners and children as well. We’ve talked before about stigma – that’s the fear of embarrassment that keeps us from telling our friends, “this is tough” or “I’m struggling.” Fortunately, more new parents have been getting real and sharing openly and honestly about their struggles.

Even better, the medical […]

9 01, 2019

The Fourth Trimester and the Birth of a Mother

By |2019-01-09T16:29:50-07:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

My friends at Ergobaby have asked me back tomorrow, Thursday, at noon PST, to talk about the fourth trimester. You can catch our conversation live on Instagram, either @burdtherapy or @ergobaby. We will cover the fourth trimester, what it means to moms, mental health, and self-care.

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In the meantime, you can preview our chat and learn just what exactly matrescence and the “fourth trimester” mean in a new article I wrote for them here.

Image used with permission from Ergobaby.

13 10, 2018

My New Office (Same Building)

By |2018-10-13T14:38:38-07:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Practice Updates|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Hi everyone! My San Diego psychotherapy practice has been busy through the summer and the start of the school year. I’ve moved to electronic charting, which means everything is paperless. Now, when new clients start, we don’t have to waste any trees, and they can easily complete questionnaires on a smart phone.

Burd Psychotherapy at 5252 Balboa Ave, Suite 800

In addition, I’ve also expanded to a larger office. Fortunately, I’m in the same building on the corner of Gennesee and Balboa, same floor even, just around the corner.

Burd Psychotherapy at 5252 Balboa Ave, Suite 800

Also, I have to love how the waiting room looks out over the ocean.

Burd Psychotherapy at 5252 Balboa Ave, Suite 800

 

I posted a […]

16 07, 2018

[Video] Postpartum Anxiety and How to Help

By |2018-10-10T11:43:08-07:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: |0 Comments

In case you missed it, you can catch my conversation about Postpartum Anxiety with Christina Soletti of Ergobaby here. We broadcasted live from their downtown LA headquarters on the Ergobaby Facebook page last week.

Christina opened up about her personal experiences with anxiety after her baby was born. She never expected it. Most people don’t. Yet one in five new parents suffers from serious anxiety after a baby is born. Partners are at risk, too.

Catch the whole conversation about postpartum anxiety here:

If you have the time to watch the whole video, I share a little about how to manage anxiety and the fight or flight response with mindfulness. In fact, the […]

29 03, 2018

Giveaway: 180 Reversible Stroller from Ergobaby

By |2018-03-29T17:03:44-07:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Giveaways/Free Resources, Maternal Mental Health, Parenting|0 Comments

Here’s something for all the new and expecting parents: a chance to win a brand new 180 Reversible Stroller from Ergobaby. As the name suggests, the 180 switches easily between baby facing the world and baby facing you. Sometimes your kid is inquisitive and wants to see everything, and sometimes they are overstimulated and want the reassurance of you.

Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with Baby Birds FarmErgobaby and the adorable family from a House in the Hills to offer this giveaway. You can enter below, or through Instagram @BabyBirdsFarm or @BurdTherapy (no emails needed). Or do both to maximize your chances!

Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller Giveaway

28 02, 2018

All Teens Should Be Screened for Depression [TV News Clip]

By |2018-03-02T18:09:31-07:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Students|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced this week that all adolescents, ages twelve and up, should universally be screened for depression. Yesterday, KSWB in San Diego had me on the morning news again to break down the recommendations on teen depression.

Teen Depression San Diego

Live tv goes fast, so I had one big priority in my head: to share about the crisis text line. Most of the teens I know would feel more comfortable sending a text message than placing a phone call. You can do it privately in a room full of people and no-one would know. I would love for everyone to save the crisis text number now! If you text “HELLO” to 741741, any time of day or night, a volunteer will write back.

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21 01, 2018

Why I’m a Feminist Therapist

By |2018-01-21T10:51:40-07:00January 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I’m coming out as a feminist therapist. But it might not be what you think.

feminist therapy san diego

I do not have an agenda to push in therapy. At least not mine. I want to hear your voice. Your story. I’m here to empower you. Do you have a desire or agenda you are afraid to pursue? Let’s see how we can make it happen.

As a feminist therapist, yes, this does mean that I have a special interest in helping women overcome barriers. Have you been socialized to be “nice”? Does this now get in the way of requesting better pay at work? I can help you find a happy balance between pleasing people and meeting your own needs. In fact, having healthy boundaries honors and respects others.

But feminist […]

18 12, 2017

How a Motivational Interviewing Approach to Therapy Can Help You

By |2017-12-18T11:03:30-07:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Addiction, Blog, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Mental Wellness, Supervision|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hi all! In this dispatch from the Evolution of Psychotherapy, I spent the morning hearing from the founder of Motivational Interviewing, one of my go-to approaches since 2002. I wrote this post to introduce potential clients to a great way to get unstuck and move forward. Blog readers might recognize MI from this post on Value Sort Cards.

It is human nature to try to fix others. We love to point out what they need. Bill Miller, the founder of Motivational Interviewing (MI), calls this a “righting reflex.” We naturally want to make things right.

The problem is that most people come to therapy ambivalent. That means feeling conflicted about something, seeing both the good and bad about it, or feeling stuck. Raise your hand if you already know rationally some change you should […]

14 12, 2017

Sue Johnson, EFT and Dance: Why Couples Therapy is a Tango

By |2017-12-14T21:56:39-07:00December 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Couples/Marriage Therapy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Hi all! Another dispatch from the Evolution of Psychotherapy. This time, Sue Johnson shares how attachment science can shape corrective emotional experiences in couples therapy.

When she is not training 3,000 people each year in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Sue Johnson is dancing. Specifically, she dances the Argentine tango ten hours a week.

tango couples therapy

Not surprisingly, she sees relationships — the connection, the conflict, and the disconnect – as a dance.

The NY Times once compared couples therapy to “piloting a helicopter in a hurricane.” The dirty little secret of many therapists is that they do not like doing couples therapy. They are scared it will inevitably end in fighting. Sue disagrees. Couples therapy is more a safe, comfortable Air Canada flight. There may be some turbulence, but […]