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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.