Serena Williams recently sat down with People Magazine for a tell all interview about her experience with Postpartum after the birth of her daughter. It got me to thinking… Maternal Mental Health is not something we talk about much. We view the event of having a baby, a joyous event. But for many women, it is not. The process of having a baby can have a stressful effect on her life. So I sat down with my friend, Kristen Brooks for the details.

Kristen Brooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Owner of Building Beyond Therapy LLC. She earned an MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore and is clinically licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia. For half a decade she’s provided social work services in many capacities, including child welfare, inpatient psychiatric services and schools but more importantly, she‘s certified in Maternal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International (PSI) and is a Board Certified Supervisor with the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland.

A serious illness is nothing you should ever go through alone. If the people around you don’t understand or if they are not supportive, reach out to other circles of encouragement that have been through the same thing and always remember there is a therapist in your area that you can connect with to help you progress through your issues.

Enjoy the interview!

Host: Anita Washington, That Anita Live

Topic: How To Manage Maternal Mental Health

Guest: Kristen Brooks, LCSW

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Let’s keep the conversation going. Have you ever struggled with Postpartum? Do you know someone that has? Leave us your thought and comments below.

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Anita Washington

CEO & Founder at That Anita Live
Anita Washington, M.Ed. & M.B.A., CEO & Founder of That Anita Live, LLC, host of the TV show That Anita Live and The Emotional Happiness Podcast with That Anita Live provides a platform for women to learn, laugh and more importantly heal emotionally by learning from the challenges and successes of others. 

A former school and community agency counselor and creator of the 7-Step Method, Anita’s helped guide people from the ages of eleven to fifty through their own life issues, personal transformations and professional endeavors. With an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. She uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a mother in denial and four physically and emotionally abusive brothers and relates them to guiding principles and healing techniques.

Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and The Emotional Happiness Podcast women get to see and hear real women with resourceful stories living relentless lives after life's most devastating events. Through her charismatic and compelling speaking, Anita helps women use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction so they can build self-confidence, boost their self-esteem and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character.

In her newly released ebook, 7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage, Anita shares actionable techniques that will walk women through letting go of the past and rising above the glass ceiling to reach higher levels of success and satisfaction in life.

From nine-to-five, Anita is a Senior Acquisition Support Specialist, possessing over nineteen years of performing and administering program management and cradle-to-grave commercial and federal contracting activities for acquisitions ranging from $500,000 to over $2 Billion. She has progressively worked her way up the federal acquisition lifecycle and commercial supply chain through various positions from pre-award and requirements definition to commodities buying to contract close-out. In her career, she has mastered the art of transitioning to level-up.

Anita is a graduate of Limestone College, Virginia State University, and Strayer University with a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling, and an M.B.A. in Contracts & Acquisitions. You can find Anita online at, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram and Facebook. Her handle is That Anita Live on all four social media platforms.
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