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Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic

The philosophy of the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic is to assist individuals, couples, and families as they explore and solve problems in a confidential, safe environment. It is our mission to provide high-quality, affordable services to the community in a warm, safe, and professional environment. The CMHP Clinic is comprised of multiple programs in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Creative Arts Therapy Counseling.

The CMHP Clinic provides the following services to residents of Long Island and the surrounding areas:

  • Individual, couple and family therapy
  • Community education seminars
  • Group therapy to individuals, couples and families
  • Speakers for schools, hospitals and agencies

All clinical services are provided under direct supervision of an approved supervisor and experienced faculty.

DIRECTOR:
Teresa Grella-Hillebrand, M.A., LMFT
(516) 463-1917
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The Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic provides individual, couple, and family therapy. Due to concerns about Covid-19, all of our services are being offered through telehealth on a HIPPA compliant Zoom platform. If you are interested in learning more about our services or making an appointment, please call 516-463-5234 or email us at cmhpgradasst@gmail.com.

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Message from the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic Director

Welcome to the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic at Hofstra University. It is our mission to provide high-caliber, low-cost services to the community. We do so in a warm, safe, and professional environment. Our clinic is housed within the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, which offers access to four other disciplines as well. The bulk of our clients come from Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties.

The CMHP Clinic is staffed by graduate students from Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Creative Arts Therapy programs. After extensive training in individual and systemic counseling theories, psychopathology, and professional ethics, students apply specialized knowledge to their work with clients in the CMHP clinic under intense supervision. With the support of experienced clinical supervisors, students develop individually tailored treatment plans to guide their work with their clients.

Each one of the mental health disciplines featured in the CMHP clinic approaches work with clients from different vantage points.

  • Mental Health Counselors specialize in working with individuals to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Counselors may help individuals deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addictions, stress management and aging.
  • Rehabilitation Counselors specialize in assisting individuals with one or more disabilities to help them to establish independence and integration into the community.
  • Marriage and Family Therapists utilize their systemic training with couples and families to explore and resolve relationship issues that develop across the life cycle. Therapists may help couples and families deal with marital issues, create parenting strategies, cope with divorce, process grief and loss and improve family functioning.
  • Creative Arts Therapists utilize the arts to explore issues presented by clients in the counseling process. Therapists facilitate individual and group sessions that aim to develop awareness and social skills, as well as deal with emotional conflicts, trauma, and grief.

Accessing our services is simple- we are just a phone call away!

Please feel free to contact the staff of the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic at (516) 463-5234. I also invite you to contact me directly by calling (516) 463-1917. I would be more than happy to provide you with any necessary information regarding our services. I would be delighted to arrange for a tour of our facility as well.

Sincerely,
Teresa Grella-Hillebrand, M.A., LMFT
Director, Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic


Types of Counseling

  • Marriage and Family Therapy

    Marriage and Family Therapists work with couples and families to explore and improve conflict resolution skills in relationships that develop across the lifecycle. We provide couple counseling to heterosexual and same sex couples and help families deal with a myriad of developmental issues including parenting strategies, coping with divorce, processing the impact of grief and loss on the family system, and improving family functioning.  

    Marriage and Family Therapists are specifically trained to work with family and couple centered issues.​ ​ After extensive training in Family Systems, students apply their knowledge to their work with clients under intense supervision. Several models of family therapy are utilized in the clinic. Some models focus on the perceived structure of the family, while others concentrate on collaboratively finding solutions to presenting issues. All of the models seek to address issues on a short-term basis. While the length of therapeutic engagement varies from family to family, a typical course of therapy can be 3 to 4 months.

  • Mental Health Counseling

    Mental Health Counselors are highly-skilled professionals trained in counseling and psychotherapy to treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders and other behavioral challenges. Mental health counselors help to address mental health, human relationship, education and career concerns within preventive and treatment contexts. Mental health counselors demonstrate a concern for the short-term and long-term well-being of individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations.

    Mental Health Counselors employ evidence-based methods of counseling and psychotherapy to treat individuals, families, and groups that may include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, traumatic loss, academic and career decision-making, stress and crisis management, disruptive behaviors in youth, transitions in aging, and personality and adjustment disorders.

    As part of the clinical treatment team in the Hofstra CMHP Clinic, mental health counselors follow a strength-based, time-limited approach to assist clients to further develop their natural capacities, skills and strategies to address problematic issues in their lives.

  • Rehabilitation Counseling

    Rehabilitation counseling is a systematic process which assists persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated setting possible through the application of the counseling process. The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions (Scope of Practice Statement by CRCC).

    Specific services Rehabilitation Counselors can provide within the CMHP clinic include: 

    • assessment and appraisal
    • vocational & treatment planning
    • career (vocational) counseling
    • individual & group counseling to address adjustment to the disability 
    • case management, referral, and service coordination
    • interventions to remove environmental, employment, and attitudinal barriers
    • consultation about rehabilitation technology and workplace/independent living accommodations
    • advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Creative Arts Therapy

    Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings and reconcile emotional conflicts. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals and groups who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.

    Art therapy practice requires knowledge of the visual arts, the creative process, as well as human development and psychological and counseling theories and techniques. Master's level art therapists practice in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings conducting both individual and group sessions. In New York, art therapists are required to hold a license (LCAT) to practice. Art therapists are also encouraged to become nationally registered and board certified (ATR-BC) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

    At the Saltzman Community Services Center, the approaches and modalities utilized in Creative Arts Therapy help to identify and clarify personal and collaborative struggles. Through the use of visual elements and the creative process, therapeutic interventions can help to provide awareness and understanding to children, adolescents, and adults. Different techniques help individuals express themselves through images when verbal expression is too challenging.


Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic Weekly Workshops

Days and Times are subject to change

Please click each workshop to view a description

MONDAY

6:30pm-8:00pm – Effective Parenting and Discipline (in Spanish)
This weekly psycho-educational group for parents focuses on developing positive parenting strategies and effective discipline skills
7:00pm-8:30pm – Teen Talk
A weekly psycho-educational support group for teens facing a variety of development issues

TUESDAY

7:00pm-8:30pm – Children of Divorce
A weekly psycho-educational support group for children of divorce to help kids understand and cope with divorce or separation.
7:00pm-8:30pm – Adult Divorce Support
A weekly psycho-educational support group for adults that addresses the emotional impact of the separation and divorce process.
7:00pm-8:30pm – Care for Caregivers
A weekly psycho-educational support group for individuals who are in the role of caregiver for a loved one.

WEDNESDAY

7:00pm-8:30pm: Care for Caregivers
A weekly psycho-educational support group for individuals who are in the role of caregiver for a loved one.

THURSDAY

6:00pm-7:30pm – Effective Parenting and Discipline (in English)
This weekly psycho-educational group for parents focuses on developing positive parenting strategies and effective discipline skills.

SATURDAY

1:00pm-2:15pm: Children's Socialization
This weekly psycho-educational group focuses on building self-esteem, confidence and increasing attention skills in children.

Groups Now Forming: Space is Limited!
Please call (516) 463-5234
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All groups are held at:

Saltzman Community Services Center
Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic
131 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic Staff

Teresa Grella-Hillebrand, M.A., LMFT, is the director of the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic at the Saltzman Community Services Center at Hofstra University. Ms. Grella-Hillebrand is a New York State licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Ms. Grella-Hillebrand served as president of the LIAMFT from 2010-2012 and remains active in the New York Division for Marriage & Family Therapy. In addition to her administrative duties, Ms. Grella-Hillebrand is a clinical supervisor at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center and an adjunct instructor in Hofstra University’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program. She is also a graduate of Hofstra University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. In private practice, Ms. Grella-Hillebrand specializes in relationship issues of all types particularly those that involve marital difficulties, families in recovery, and life cycle transitions.

  • Marriage and Family Therapy Staff

    Marriage and Family Therapy Staff

    George M. Simon, MS, LMFT, is a member of the faculty of The Minuchin Center for the Family and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions of Hofstra University. He sees couples and families in his therapeutic practice in Deer Park, NY. In addition to numerous articles published in leading peer-reviewed journals, Simon is the author of Beyond Technique in Family Therapy: Finding Your Therapeutic Voice, published by Allyn & Bacon, and co-author, along with Salvador Minuchin and Wai-Yung Lee, of Mastering Family Therapy: Journeys of Growth and Transformation, the second edition of which was recently published by John Wiley & Son. Simon holds a bachelor's degree in meteorology from New York University, a master's degree in philosophy from Fordham University, and a master's degree in counseling, also from Fordham University. He was trained in structural family therapy, by Salvador Minuchin, the chief architect of this therapeutic approach.

    Julie Askew, Ph.D., LMFT, is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions of Hofstra University. She received a doctorate in Child and Family Development with Marriage and Family Therapy specialization from the University of Georgia, and she holds a master's degree in Psychotherapy and Psychosexual Therapy from South Bank University in London, England. Dr. Askew has been working as a therapist since 1991 in a variety of settings including private practice, mental health clinics and hospitals. She has also completed two years of specialist training in couple relationships and sex therapy at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. Dr. Askew teaches courses in the areas of marriage and family therapy, and sexual health. Her current research project is focused on women's sexuality after hysterectomy, and she is about to begin a new study exploring minority youth sexual behaviors in the Hempstead area. Dr. Askew has published journal articles on topics including couples and Viagra, gynecological surgery, sex education, mothers with breast cancer and parenting.

  • Mental Health Counseling Staff

    Mental Health Counseling Staff

    Jeanne Byrnes, MS, CRC, LMHC, is a Clinical Supervisor in the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic at the Saltzman Community Services Center. Ms. Byrnes is a New York State licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is an adjunct instructor in the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Department. Ms. Byrnes also serves as the Adjunct Representative to the Executive Committee for the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Department. In addition, she has been contracted by the department to work as a consultant and assist with the development of online training courses and, with securing CACREP certification.  Ms. Byrnes recently completed work as a co-author, on a paper examining the post-pediatrician transition for individuals with lifelong disabilities. The paper will be published this coming spring in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. Ms. Byrnes specializes in ethics in the counseling field and often lectures on the topic at conferences and training seminars.

  • Rehabilitation Counseling Staff

    Rehabilitation Counseling Staff

    Jeanne Byrnes, MS, CRC, LMHC, is a Clinical Supervisor in the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic at the Saltzman Community Services Center. Ms. Byrnes is a New York State licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is an adjunct instructor in the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Department. Ms. Byrnes also serves as the Adjunct Representative to the Executive Committee for the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Department. In addition, she has been contracted by the department to work as a consultant and assist with the development of online training courses and, with securing CACREP certification.  Ms. Byrnes recently completed work as a co-author, on a paper examining the post-pediatrician transition for individuals with lifelong disabilities. The paper will be published this coming spring in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. Ms. Byrnes specializes in ethics in the counseling field and often lectures on the topic at conferences and training seminars.

  • Creative Arts Therapy Staff

    Creative Arts Therapy Staff

    Sheryl Stern, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, LMFT (alumna) is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Roslyn, New York and is an adjunct faculty member at Hofstra University. Her contributions as an art therapist have been viewed in Metropolitan Museums, as well as throughout the United States. Her work has also appeared in publications of The NYU Child Study Center, magazine entries, and journal articles. Sheryl has appeared on television broadcasts and radio programs addressing anxiety, infertility, and the relationship with food and the family. She melds art therapy with marriage and family therapy when divorce, bullying, and conflicting parenting styles threaten relationships.