Nneka Symister, LCSW, is a therapist specializing in helping women and couples who suffer with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, miscarriage and loss. After years of working with people with all types of diagnosis, Nneka decided to specifically work with perinatal diagnoses when realizing the huge deficit in mental health awareness and services for women who suffer from these disorders. In her work, Ms. Symister uses multiple techniques to best serve her clients, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy and mindfulness. Within the Seleni Institute, she offers evidence-based maternal mental health trainings to help providers properly diagnose and treat Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as Perinatal Loss and Grief. These MMHI trainings are approved by PSI as an alternate pre-requisite training in their 3-step Certification in Perinatal Mental Health.
Ms. Symister has over a decade of experience helping families build and strengthen their relationships. Her past work includes supporting diverse patients in underserved populations, including inner city residents and the LGBTQIA community. She also has an extensive background working with fathers, specifically utilizing the latest research in human behavior to help patients enhance their relationships with their children and increase positive communication in co-parenting efforts.
Ms. Symister received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Urban Education from the State University of Albany. She is also deeply involved in her community serving as member of state and national professional organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers, National Alliance on Mental Illness and The Links, Incorporated.