About Us

Our Mission

The Seleni Institute prioritizes the emotional health of individuals and families to improve the lives of our generation and future generations.

With our partners, we treat, train, support, advocate, and provide research funding for emotional health during the family building years.

When we strengthen the emotional health of one person, we strengthen the entire community.

Our Vision

We envision a world where emotional health is valued as much as physical health

The Seleni Institute is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the emotional health of individuals and families during the family building years in order to unlock the potential of future generations.

No matter where you are on your journey-whether you are planning for a baby, have been trying for a while, are adjusting to new parenthood, or coping with a loss-you are not alone. We are here to help.

Our Beliefs

There is a gap in knowledge and understanding of emotional health and its impact on individuals and their families. We see an opportunity to close this gap-changing the way we treat emotional health both for our generation and future generations.

At Seleni, we recognize that many factors affect emotional health.

  • We focus on individuals, not disorders.
  • We value emotional health as much as physical health.
  • We recognize that multiple factors impact emotional health, including genetics, environment, and personal circumstances.
  • We empower healthcare professionals and employers to support people's emotional health with expert-led training.
  • We seek to normalize, not stigmatize.

What We Do

Provide individual care
We offer individual and couples psychotherapy in a supportive and confidential setting when and where you need it. Our clinical team offers in-person and telemedicine treatment in English, Spanish, Greek, Farsi, French, and German.

  • family planning
  • relationship difficulties
  • fertility issues and treatment
  • miscarriage and loss
  • perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • parenting adjustment
  • trauma
  • career transitions and planning

Offer group support
Our expert-led support groups and workshops are compassionate, nonjudgmental spaces to build community and develop coping skills around issues including:

  • new parenthood
  • preparing for your baby
  • breastfeeding
  • sleep support for you and your baby
  • stress management
  • fertility journeys including treatment, adoption, and family building
  • grief and loss

Train and educate professionals and providers
We equip providers and corporations with evidence-based trainings to support the emotional health of individuals and families. Our provider trainings are CE accredited for healthcare professionals including psychologists and social workers and are available online and in person.

Our work around the world
Our clinical team works closely with local government officials, NGOs, and advocacy groups around the world to identify pressing issues and provide customized training for maternal healthcare providers.

Support and educate young parents.
We host workshops for parents ages 14 to 25 to learn about infant bonding and attachment, self-care, and the importance of emotional health. We also train providers to diagnose and treat the emotional health issues specific to young parents.

Fund perinatal mental health research.
Seleni is committed to improving our understanding of the emotional health issues that impact new families and has funded more than $250,000 in perinatal mental health research.

Provide online resources.
Our extensive articles, tips, tools and customized content-based on real-life experiences, informed by expert insight, and written with compassion-empower readers around the world to find the support they need.

Our Name

Our name, Seleni, honors and supports the courage it takes to seek help. We bring together two extraordinary women: Selene, goddess of the moon, long associated with women, emotions, and serenity; and Eleni, a mother who bravely fought for her children’s escape to America. We root our vision for our empathetic, comprehensive, evidence-based care in the deepest respect for bravery and emotion.

Our logo, a classic labyrinth, evokes our individual journeys, the complexity of our brains’ design, and a reminder of the human at the heart of each experience.

The Seleni Institute partners onsite with Seleni Psychology Counseling and Support, PLLC, a mental health and wellness practice that focuses uniquely on women's mental health care needs.

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