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PSI-NY is the New York state chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders, the most common complication of childbirth.

Our mission is to promote equity and inclusion in awareness, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues related to pregnancy, childbearing, and parenting in New York.

  • You are not alone

    All mothers, fathers, and families deserve support during pregnancy and parenthood.

  • You are not to blame

    This time is challenging.

  • You will be well

    Many types of support are available.

Get Help

Whether you are searching for a therapist within your insurance network, a medication prescriber knowledgeable in prescribing during pregnancy and lactation, or looking for a local peer support group, we are here to help.

Postpartum Support International offers an online directory of qualified perinatal mental health (and allied) professionals. Moms, families, and providers can now quickly and easily identify trained perinatal mental health providers in your area.

If you are not able to find what you’re looking for in the directory then please reach out to one of PSI’s Support Coordinators.

Find a local PSI Volunteer:

If you, or a loved one, is suffering with perinatal mood disorders, you’ve come to the right place. Contact one of our local PSI Volunteers, who will help guide you through the process of finding a professional near you with expertise and experience in treating perinatal mood disorders.

To connect with one of the Local PSI Volunteers near you, complete this form and they will reach out to you within 48 hours.

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We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Did you know that perinatal mood disorders (PMDs) are the number one medical complication of childbirth? While often referred to as postpartum depression or even simply as postpartum, PMD can take many forms and can also occur during pregnancy. Perinatal mood disorders include depression, anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, and (much more rarely) psychosis.

Get the facts by visiting PSI’s website at www.postpartum.net

Get Involved

Want to make a difference? Become a member today.

Join PSI today and PSI-NY will receive a portion of your donation and you will automatically become a member of PSI-NY too!

Or join PSI-NY only, but please note, you do not receive the PSI membership benefits if you join PSI-NYonly. Contact us if you have any questions about membership.

Memberships are tax-deductible donations.

Volunteer

PSI state chapters are made up of a variety of local stakeholders and further the mission of PSI on a grassroots level. Chapters work on a wide range of initiatives that they dictate for themselves because they know their states best! While some states may focus on passing legislation, others may create a robust network of peer support groups, or compile a state-wide list of perinatal mood disorder providers and resources.

All are welcome at PSI! Survivors, mental health professionals, doulas, clinicians etc. volunteer through the chapter in order to give back to their local communities. We work to reduce stigma, increase awareness, and provide connections to resources.

Climb Out Of The Darkness

Every year, PSI hosts Climb Out Of The Darkness, a movement that invites people from all over the world to host local walks and events to spread awareness of mental health challenges of new families. A Climb can be as simple as a play-date in a park, a hike, or a more elaborate event. The majority of Climbs are held in June, near the summer solstice in celebration of long sunny days and a family’s climb from anxiety and depression to recovery.

We gather as a community to walk and socialize. We meet fellow survivors, supporters & providers.

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Host a Climb

We are looking for Climb Leaders to host events in your state. Leaders will go through a quick training, and will have the support of other climb leaders, your state chapter and PSI staff.  Learn More.

For Professionals

PSI Provider Directory

Postpartum Support International offers an online directory of qualified perinatal mental health professionals. Join the registry and share your listing as a mental health provider, a healthcare provider, childbirth professional, or support group. As a specialized provider, you can tailor your directory listing to reach out to potential clients in your area. Keep your profile up-to-date with practice announcements, new programs and groups, and more!

Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line

The PSI Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line is a service provided for medical professionals who have questions about the mental health care related to pregnant and postpartum patients and pre-conception planning. It is staffed by reproductive psychiatrists who are members of PSI and specialists in the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders. The service is free and available by appointment. Call 1-877-499-4773 and we will match you with an appointment. We will respond to your request within one business day. This service is available for medical providers only.

Training Sessions

We provide top-notch education and training for professionals both in-person and online allowing you to serve your patients with confidence.

About Us

Our mission is to promote awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in all areas of New York.

PSI-NY is an all-volunteer organization and a State Chapter of Postpartum Support International, a 501(c)(3) organization.  The Tax ID number of Postpartum Support International and PSI-NY is 77-0196208.

PSI NY CHAPTER Co-Chair: Kathleen Miller Murphy, RN, CCE, BSN

Kathleen has worked as a nurse for over 30 years in Women’s Health.  Currently, she is the Director of Women’s Health Integration and Community Engagement for Crouse Health in Syracuse, NY.  Kathleen, through her work in Strategic Planning and Program Development helped to create the Crouse Family Support Program along with her colleague Chris Kowaleski which that serves families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression.  She has served as the co- founder and President of Charity for Children, Inc for the last 16 years.  Prior to her current role she worked in L&D, care coordination and education. Kathleen has her own experience with PMAD and wants to bring education and support to other families as well as those that care for them.  Kathleen lives in East Syracuse, NY with her husband & two daughters.


PSI NY Chapter Co- Chair: Christine Kowaleski, DNP,NNP-BC,FNP, MHNP-BC

Chris has worked with new families throughout her nursing career with experience as L&D and NICU nurse , then NICU NP for 25 years during that time she was on the bereavement team for families with loss and subsequently received her Psych NP with a specialty in reproductive psychiatry. She was also the PSI coordinator and volunteer for CNY for 17 years. She helped create the Crouse Perinatal Family Support Program that supports new families dealing with PMAD. Chris lives in Syracuse, NY with her grown children and grandchildren close by and with her favorite dog Ozzy.


PSI NY Chapter Treasurer: Karen Wachenheim

I am a Senior Accountant for the New York State Education Department. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and my Certificate in Accounting. I have been an Accountant for 15 years. I am also a Zumba instructor and have been for four years. I live in Upstate NY I have been married for 12 1/2 years. I have two sons, one 11 and one 6. I developed Postpartum Depression with both boys. This is what began my interest in Postpartum Mental Health. A few years after my second son was born, my sister in law developed Postpartum Psychosis and we unfortunately lost her to the illness. It was after this that I decided to become involved with Postpartum Support International. It became our family’s mission and goal to bring awareness and education to as many as we could. I became a Postpartum Support International Volunteer Coordinator in April 2014. I have also hosted Zumba fundraiser events to raise money for Postpartum Support International and will continue to do so.


PSI NY Secretary Elise Derevjank, LMHC, PMH-C

Elise is a NYS Licensed Mental health Counselor with perinatal mental health certification through postpartum international. She is also a mother of two. Elise is committed to expanding mental health support options to mothers, parents, and families during an important transitional life period as well as increasing awareness and providing education about the postpartum period. Elise believes it is important to support the “birth” of parents as they become a new blend of themselves. Her practice Becoming Mental Health Counseling focuses specifically on perinatal mental health support.


PSI NY Chapter Liason: Tanairy Fernandez

Tanairy is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in Anxiety Disorders. Tanairy has extensive experience counseling clients with Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Depression, during the Pregnancy and postpartum phase. Tanairy treats children, adolescents, and adults. She has a clinical background in Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) with a focus on Mindfulness. In addition to her full time practice she is a volunteer for the Postpartum Support International (PSI) NY Chapter. She serves as a Clinical supervisor for the Graduate Mental Health Counseling internship program. Her group private practice is located in located in Huntington, NY.


PSI NY Communications Chair: Laurie Clark

Laurie Clark holds a degree in Print Journalism from Hofstra University .  She worked for over seven years in publishing, as a publicist to authors at two major NYC publishing houses (Penguin Random House and HarperCollins), before relocating to Syracuse, NY. Currently, she  is the Communications and Digital Media Coordinator for at Crouse Health.   Personally, she is an avid runner who is active in the Syracuse running community and is a committee member of the Syracuse chapter of the Ride for Missing Children.   She lives in Syracuse with her husband, two children and a bulldog.

Laurie has great interest in supporting  women and families living with PMADs because she feels that it’s an underserved population.  As a mom, Laurie knows  the importance of finding your village and  wants to do everything possible to support women in their motherhood journey.

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