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.