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The Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic
Clinic Personnel

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.

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 Health Professions and Family Studies 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, Dr. Askew is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Professions and Family Studies. 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.

Nancy Cohan, M.A., LMFT, Administrative Assistant, Professor Cohan recently joined the supervisory staff at the Saltzman Center, having spent the past 10 years as the director/supervisor of Family and Children's Association of Nassau County. Professor Cohan is a graduate of Hofstra University's Marriage and Family Therapy Program and is currently an adjunct professor in the same program. She is widely versed on several models of family therapy, but favors a solution-focused approach to her clients and to supervision.