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The Cicada Institute provides holistic, accessible mental health services to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-25 . Therapeutic offerings are based on the principles of eco-therapy, psychological self-regulation, indigenous wisdom and communal interdependence. ​

About Us


We do much of our work in St Petersburg, Florida - where Founder and Executive Director Sylvie Silva lives and provides therapy services for at-risk youth at no cost due to the the generous donations from within our Cicada Institute community. 

See our Classes & Events Offerings

And in this next year, we are cultivating a new home for Cicadas to grow and thrive in the mountains of Marshall, NC! 

Services Offered

Postive Mental Wellness Curriculum

Self-Regulation and Self-Worth

Therapeutic Support 

  • One-on-one donation based weekly counseling services

  • Donation-based monthly group work

Nature-Based Education

Holistic learning, based on the principles of :

- empowerment

- environmental activism

- multi-generational wisdom

- community service

 - psychological self-regulation


Empower students :

- to lead their own recovery

- build long-term, sustainable and resilient communities

- combat the effects of climate change through innovation. 


Community Service

Free online classes such as :

financial adulting 101

healthy boundaries



In person wilderness camps such as:

courage camp

earth warrior training

Get out. Get Real. Go Wild

Meet Team Cicada

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