About the instructor
Hi! My name is Abigail Burd. Most people call me "Abby" as I avoid fancy titles.
Perhaps like you, I feel awkward talking about myself. But you are probably weighing whether or not I am someone you want to trust. So here goes! (If you think you trust I know my stuff, seriously, feel free to skip ahead.)
I have worked in the mental health field since I was 20, so I can now honestly say that I have over 20 years experience helping people navigate life changes and manage depression, anxiety and distress. My formal education includes a Masters degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University and a Bachelors in Psychology-Sociology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. I am licensed in the state of California in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and hold the national Board Certification (BCD). I am proud to hold a certification in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) from Postpartum Support International.
My lived experience
I am privileged to hold "mom cred." When my first child was born in 2011, I had absolutely no idea how hard the postpartum stage would be. The combination of sleep deprivation, hormone drop, and difficulty breastfeeding hit me like a ton of bricks. Even though I knew from years of experience and education how to manage depression and anxiety, I just wasn't expecting it to be so hard. No one at all prepared me for the difficulty and how personal expectations, family pressures, and constant second-guessing would make it worse.
Since then, my private practice has focused on perinatal mental health. I jumped into learning and then teaching this specialization. In addition to working one on one with new families, I train other providers, groups and companies on maternal mental health. As a local community leader, I have been an executive board member of the Postpartum Health Alliance and am regularly sought out as a media expert.
I freaking love my job. But my practice has been totally full for some time. I am fortunate to have the trust of providers in my community and I get more referrals than I can handle. And I hate turning people away!
I started this course as a way to reach more people. I know that these skills and strategies that help my clients individually and in small groups can help you!
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