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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.