Our Mission, Vision and more

Our Mission

We treat, train, support, and advocate to improve the emotional health of individuals and their families during the family-building years.


Our Vision

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


The Issues

There is a gap in knowledge and understanding of emotional health and its impact on individuals and their families, which often results in mental health challenges going under-diagnosed and under-treated.

There is also a stigma that surrounds mental health, preventing people from seeking the support they may need.

We see an opportunity to close this gap, break the stigma, and change the way we view and treat emotional health to improve the lives of our generation and of those to come.

The Statistics

1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression in the year after they give birth.

Maternal depression affects children when they are prenatal all the way through adolescence.

About 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Women with a history of pregnancy loss are at increased risk for depression and anxiety, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after the birth of a child.

The long-term overall risk of suicide in pregnant or postpartum women is 17 times that of the general female population, and is 70 times higher during the first year postpartum.

If you read these statistics and feel worried, scared, or triggered, know that you are not alone. Head to our Advice & Support section for supportive and useful articles, or seek counseling at Seleni. If you are not in the NYC area, visit our Maternal Mental Health Intensive Alumni page for a list of Seleni-trained healthcare professionals located across the country.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, get free help now: Text CONNECT to 741741 in the United States, or call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency service.


 

References:

  1. Wisner KL, Sit DKY, McShea MC, et al. Onset Timing, Thoughts of Self-harm, and Diagnoses in Postpartum Women With Screen-Positive Depression Findings. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(5):490–498. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.87
  2. Maternal depression and child development. Paediatrics & Child Health. 2004;9(8):575-583.
  3. Giannandrea SA., Cerulli C, Anson E, Chaudron LH. Increased Risk for Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders Among Women with Past Pregnancy Loss. Journal of Women’s Health. 2013;22(9):760-768. doi:10.1089/jwh.2012.4011.
  4. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/miscarriage-beyond-the-basics
  5. (Lindahl, V., Pearson, J., & Colpe, L. (2005). Prevalence of suicidality during pregnancy and the postpartum. Arch Womens Ment Health, 8(2), 77-87. doi: 10.1007/s00737-005-0080-1)

What We Do

PROVIDE INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT

We offer the following treatment options in a supportive and confidential setting:

  • individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
  • couples treatment
  • child psychotherapy
  • play therapy
  • parent consultation on child development and children with special needs
  • telemedicine appointments
  • treatment in Spanish, Greek, Farsi, French and German

Our areas of focus include:

  • perinatal depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD
  • family planning
  • fertility issues and treatment
  • grief and bereavement
  • parenting guidance
  • career transitions and planning
  • relationship challenges
  • miscarriage, stillbirth, child loss and trauma

OFFER GROUP SUPPORT

Our expert-led support groups and workshops are compassionate, nonjudgmental spaces to build community and develop coping skills around parenthood.

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 trainings are CE accredited for healthcare professionals including psychologists and social workers and are available online and in person.

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.

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.