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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.


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 (below) who will assist you in finding the help you need and deserve.

Find a PSI-NY Coordinator or Local Support Group:

Postpartum Resource Center of New York
Toll Free Statewide Helpline: 1-855-631-0001 (7 days a week)
Hablamos Español
Online contact: https://postpartumny.org/email/
English Website – www.postpartumny.org
Sitio web español – www.pospartony.org

Ann Smith
NY City Metropolitan area
917-207-0254 TEXT OR CALL
Please contact between hours of 8am and 10 pm

Laudy Burgos
NY City Metropolitan area
917-828-1569 TEXT OR CALL
Laudy provides support in English & Spanish.

Annette Attolini Fertuck
NY City, the Bronx
917-723-9128 TEXT OR CALL
Annette provides support in English & Spanish.

Liza Mordkovich
NYC-Brooklyn, Manhattan
917-740-6291 TEXT OR CALL
Liza provides support in English & Russian.

Miri Katzman
NYC – Brooklyn
515-428-1170 TEXT OR CALL

Ilana Schild
NYC – Brooklyn
929-333-6329 TEXT OR CALL

Jessica Micciulli
Long Island
516-285-2481 TEXT OR CALL

Zuania Capó
Westchester, Rockland and Orange Counties
787-510-1279 TEXT OR CALL
Zuania provides support in English & Spanish.

Molly McDermott
Western NY: Erie, Wyoming, Cattaragus, Chautauqua & Niagara Counties
716-201-0602 TEXT OR CALL

Nancy Owen
Buffalo Area
716-568-3628 CALL (this number does not receive texts)

Jadriene Balduf 
Genessee and Surrounding Counties
585-250-0858 TEXT ONLY

Cassandra Liscia
Central NY: Greater Binghamton Area
607-222-9844 TEXT OR CALL

Karen Wachenheim
Capitol Region: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, & Washington Counties 
518-229-8575 TEXT OR CALL

Krista Shugart
Counties Surrounding Albany: Montgomery, Schoharie, Green, and Columbia Counties

518-227-1218 TEXT OR CALL

Kari Esh
Columbia, Dutchess, Ulster & Green Counties
845-481-3544 TEXT OR TALK

Carla Perez Martinez
Ithaca and surrounding areas
Carla provides support in English & Spanish.
607-283-4610 TEXT OR CALL
Carla is on leave until April. In her absence, please reach out to the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

If your area is not listed here specifically, please reach out to the Postpartum Resource Center of New York (listed at top).

The following groups offer support at no charge for women who are at risk of or are experiencing distress such as isolation, depression, anxiety, fearful thoughts, insomnia, trauma, and other difficulties during pregnancy or postpartum. Support groups provide a safe and caring place for connection and recovery. Please call or email for more information.

Postpartum Resource Center of New York
Postpartum Resource Center of New York
Statewide, on-line Perinatal Mood Disorders Resource Directory
Moms on Call and Family Telephone Support
Virtual Take Care of You Support Group Meetings
Training Institute including the Circle of Caring
PPD Support Group program
Fee: none
Toll Free Statewide Helpline: 1-855-631-0001 (7 days a week)
Hablamos Espanol
Online contact: https://postpartumny.org/email/
English Website – www.postpartumny.org
Spanish Website – www.postpartony.org

Shades of Light
Pregnancy and Postpartum Peer Support Groups
Capital District Area
Website: shadesoflightps.org
Phone: 518-955-6770
Email: suzannen@shadesoflightps.org

Support Group
Broome County
Last Monday of EVERY month at Your Home Library from 6:30 to 8:00pm.
107 Main St. Johnson City.
To honor everyone’s privacy, this is a confidential meeting and NO information will be shared.
Download brochure

Parents Mood Support: Pregnancy and After
A free drop in, online group hosted by Brooklyn Parent Support
For link and information: 929-367-7419

Brooklyn PPD Support Group
Melissa Paschke
Email: melissapyoga at gmail dot com
Phone: 718.781.0363
For telephone support contact:
Chris Lindsay-Abaire
Email: motherthemother.chris at yahoo dot com
Phone: 917.771.6359

Williamsville Support Group
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Williamsville, NY
Call for details & to register for group. Contact Nancy Owen
Fee: none
Telephone: 716.568.3628

Parenting, Pain and Pleasure Support Group
New York City
An on-going open group that is a confidential place where the challenges surrounding parenthood are explored. Moms with PPD are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Call 917-903-7462

Mother’s Circle of Care Support Group
Manhasset, New York
The Mark’s Family Right from the Start 0-3+ Center
Diane Goldberg Maternal Depression Treatment Program including
Mother’s Circle of Care Support Group Program
Insurance Accepted
Sliding Scale Fee available
516-484-3174 ext 235

An Angel’s Embrace
Nassau County, New York
Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression Support Group
Contact Vanessa Barisano, RN at 516-697-1682

Un Angel abrazo de embarazo y grupo de apoyo de depresión postparto
Llamas a Vanessa Barisano, RN 516-697-1682

Postpartum Depression Support Group
Syracuse, New York
Contact Chris Kowaleski, RN 315-546-5075

Zucker Hillside Hospital Perinatal Psychiatry Service – North Shore LIJ Health System
Glen Oaks, New York
Support Group Available

Mothers’ Circle of Hope Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Support Group
offered by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, New York
Free group – for women experiencing prenatal or postpartum depression, anxiety or
other perinatal mood disorders.
If interested or to find out more information
Phone: 631-376-4673(HOPE)

Keep Getting Better Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Support Group
On-going, bi-monthly group for women who have attended Circle of Hope, Circle of Caring or pregnancy and postpartum depression support group programs.
Presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
For additional information, please call 631-376-4763(HOPE)

Mother to Mother Support Group
This group is for mothers who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, irritability or any other mood disturbance in the first year following childbirth. It is a forum for discussion, fellowship, support and a safe space to share stories and help each other through the postpartum period.   The group is led by Nikki Weisman 845-249-6028. There is no cost to attend.

This group meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 12-1pm on Zoom.
For more information, please contact Nikki Weisman at 845-249-6028 or email nicole.weisman@nuvancehealth.org

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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.


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.


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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