26 11, 2020

Please Do Less

By |2020-11-26T07:52:13-08:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: Maternal Mental Health, Mental Wellness, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

please do less

One of the more enjoyable topics of 2020 has been “silver linings.” In what unexpected ways are you benefitting from the life changes and disruptions of social distancing? (Not a rhetorical question. Drop it in the comments.)

Personally, I am grateful for being able to work from home. I can hug my family between sessions, “cowork” with my first- and third-graders while I’m doing admin work, avoid traffic, and start dinner in the Instant Pot on my lunch break.

As we head into the holiday season, I encourage all of you to take full advantage of the 2020 excuse to “do less.” The holidays are often a time of pressure to live up to traditions, visit and please extended family, and make it the “best year yet” for our kids.

Can we all […]

11 10, 2020

Giveaway and First Reviews: The Postpartum Depression Workbook

By |2020-10-11T08:07:25-07:00October 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog, books, Giveaways/Free Resources, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hello friends. The Postpartum Depression Workbook starts shipping on Tuesday! The process of writing a book becomes very solitary, with many late nights and early mornings working alone. Having spent the pandemic pouring my years of experience into a book, I can’t tell you how exciting it is to imagine it in people’s hands, let alone actually making a positive impact on their lives.

The Postpartum Depression Workbook - giveaway and reviews

To celebrate the release, I am hosting a giveaway and will send one winner (US address, please) a paperback copy. Enter below.

Can’t wait to see if you’ll win? You can order your own copy here.

I’m also thrilled to see the workbook is currently the #1 Hot New Release on Amazon for Postpartum Depression.

So… I […]

15 09, 2020

Announcing “The Postpartum Depression Workbook” – Presales Open Today

By |2020-09-14T13:00:18-07:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog, books, Maternal Mental Health|0 Comments

It has now been six months since Californians closed schools, stayed home and went remote. No surprise, but I haven’t posted a blog update in all that time. Granted, I’ve had early elementary school learning, canceled summer camps, my own losses/grief, and applying for and starting a new full-time job to keep me busy. But there is another reason I haven’t written a blog post since then…

In the early days of the pandemic, when school closure looked like a two-week extension of spring break, a publisher approached me to write a book on postpartum depression. They saw a need in the market for a therapy based workbook for PPD and thought I would be the best fit to write it. They requested a fast turn around, but estimated that I could write it in 7-9 hours/week over 6 weeks. I […]

15 02, 2020

Relationships After Baby [E-course]

By |2020-02-15T19:50:21-08:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Couples/Marriage Therapy, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , |0 Comments

My second online course launched yesterday (Valentine’s Day), this time focused on “Relationships After Baby.
Relationships After Baby e-course

The course costs less than one session of couples therapy! ($149 as a one time fee, and lifetime access to the self-paced psychoeducational material.)

Similar in format to my first course “Prevent Postpartum Depression,” the relationship course combines seven videos addressing the most common issues couples face and 20+ lectures combining readings. We’ve added a private discussion forum with other couples, and questions for guided journaling and/or discussion with your partner. As a bonus, you’ll find over a dozen free handouts and worksheets to download. Topics range from getting sleep for the whole family, sex postpartum, anger, communication and more!

This time, I brought in more guest instructors including:
27 09, 2019

Embrace Motherhood Giveaway, Panel and Launch

By |2019-11-18T14:30:26-08:00September 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Giveaways/Free Resources, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I recently shared beautiful photos from our party last month to celebrate the launch of the Prevent Postpartum Depression course. Please visit the Prevent PPD blog to see.

I also had the pleasure of participating on a panel on the Fourth Trimester a few weeks ago with my friends at Ergobaby in LA. They have just launched a cuddly soft and supportive carrier that is perfect the newborn stage, called the “Embrace.”

McLean of Mother the Mother, Kelly of Moms in Color, Jill Koziol of Motherly, Michelle of Beyond Yoga, Elizabeth of the Littlest, and Abby of Burd Therapy and Prevent PPD; Fourth Trimester Expert Panel at the Ergobaby Embrace Launch

All event and […]

7 06, 2019

Tips for Preventing Postpartum Depression

By |2019-11-18T14:30:27-08:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I have been sharing a little bit on social media about my latest venture, an online course to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. I haven’t really announced it here yet, but yes, it’s live! The beta testing round filled up quickly after I shared on Instagram and Facebook. Happily, preliminary reviews from the beta testers have been overwhelmingly positive. If you just want to check it out, I made five of the lessons free previews. For those wanting to take the full-course, I recommend buying it soon as the early-bird pricing will go up after the official launch later this summer.

Prevent Postpartum Depression logo

One beta tester shared: “The Skills and Strategy section is so supportive. It left me feeling hopeful and gave me […]

5 06, 2019

ColorWalk 2019: Bringing Color Back to Motherhood

By |2019-11-18T14:30:27-08:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|0 Comments

Most of you know that I am a mother myself. So I know firsthand how easy it is to focus all of our energy on raising our children. One of my current goals is to start to reclaim some of the color I enjoyed in my life pre-kids.

ColorWalk 2019 Abby Burd and children

My friends, Claudia and Itzel of Well Mamas Counseling, hosted the local San Diego Motherhood ColorWalk 2019: Bringing Color Back to Motherhood, organized by 2020 Mom. I thought it sounded up my alley and it was super easy to talk my kids into going… Um, colored chalk fight?

ColorWalk 2019

Bringing Color Back to Motherhood

17 05, 2019

Forbes Fourth Trimester Article [Press]

By |2019-11-18T14:30:27-08:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Maternal Mental Health|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 |2019-11-18T14:30:27-08:00February 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 […]

9 01, 2019

The Fourth Trimester and the Birth of a Mother

By |2019-11-18T14:30:28-08:00January 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.


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.


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