SOPHROSYNA is a non-profit non-fee perinatal psychology service that offers psychoeducation, psychotherapy, training and research in Infant-Maternal Mental Health to pregnant women, new mothers and fathers.
Founded by licenced psychologist Chrysanthi Georgiadou MSc LP following the stillbirth of her daughter Sophronia, the service aims to provide psychological support for pregnancy and neonatal loss, attachment and bonding as well as adjustment to parenthood.
SOPHROSYNA has an infant-centred approach and we provide training of both mental and non-mental health providers in Infant Mental Development.
Serving and stationed in the Cyclades at the heart of the Greek Aegean, since our launch on May 2017 in Tinos, SOPHROSYNA has
- supported over 110 pregnant women and new mothers through psychoeducation programs for attachment and the prevention of maternal depression (5 cycles of The Mothers and Babies Program in Tinos alone by Prof.R.Munoz-for which we provided the official translation into Modern Greek)
- supported 22 new fathers and soon-to-be fathers through the SOPHROSYNA New Fathers Program (which we developed)
- provided group psychotherapy for maternal depression (Jan 15, 2018-November 30, 2018)
- provided presentations for:
- Influences of Maternal Mood on Infant Mental Development-ANDROS (May 12,2018)
- Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (May 24, 2017)
- Influences of Maternal Depression on Infant Mental Development - TINOS (Oct 30, 2017)
- Management of Depression (Feb 11, 2018)
- Pregnancy Loss and Grief (Feb. 21, 2018)
- Disicpline and Positive Parenting (March 3, 2018)
- provided training for non-mental health professionals (Tinos, Feb 3-4)
- offered seminars for:
- PlayTherapy for Parents (July 2017)
- Maternal Depression and Personal Reality (July 22, 2017)
SOPHROSYNA supports and promotes the importance of the critical period in infant development-the 0-3 yrs- holding a series of talks on topics such as:
- Influences of Maternal Mood on Infant Mental Development
- Disorders in Infant Development as a result of Neglect and Abuse
- Symptoms of Infant Mental Health through Non-Verbal Symbols
- Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Our first training of non-mental health professionals in Tinos realised the Best Practice Guide in Infant-Maternal Mental Health of the local health centre's midwife, municipal council's social worker, lactation consultant and infant daycare staff.
In order to continue to provide our psychological support to the remote villages and island communities of the Cycladic region, we appeal for public support to this campaign. From as little as 1eu your contribution will assist in the:
- Printing costs of workbooks for our programs and training manuals
- Stationary equipment for our workshops and training programs
- New-Start Mother and Baby hospital essentials
- Travel costs between islands (where appropriate)
SOPHROSYNA thanks all the pregnant women and new parents who have demonstrated their support by attending our workshops and training. Our services are free. Our psychologists do not receive payment for their expertise. However in order to equip them with the required materials, we appeal to our supporters and all those who are interested in improving infant and maternal mental health outcomes.
όταν η μαμά είναι καλά, είναι καλά και η υπόλοιπη οικογένειά
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT