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Amanda Koenigsberg

Amanda Koenigsberg

Peer Mentor Program Manager

peermentor@postpartum.net

Location

New York, New York, USA

About

One of my earliest memories of motherhood was the mistaken belief that postpartum mental health issues had a very specific signature to them—that the illness was supposed to look a certain way and feel a certain way. Despite reading countless books about pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing, I’d never learned what I needed to about the true nature of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)—what I was experiencing didn’t map neatly to any model of the motherhood experience I had in my head. Over ten months transpired before I sought any treatment. Today, I consider myself incredibly lucky to be a survivor of postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression. With the help of a combination of treatments including consistent talk therapy I was able to fully recover.

Through this experience, it has become my mission to educate fellow moms and dads in the grip of this illness. I joined PSI in 2016 determined to give everything I can to make a difference. I’ve been an active volunteer on PSI’s Helpline and later served as a Mentor for their Peer Mentor Program at its inception. I am incredibly honored and excited to be part of the PSI family!

Prior to joining PSI, I helped lead marketing efforts for The French Culinary Institute, now The International Culinary Center, for over eight years. In my spare time I love discovering new restaurants, exploring my hometown of New York City with my daughter and husband, and trying to sneak in a bootcamp workout whenever I can.

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