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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.

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