Dedicated to providing high quality, affordable mental healthcare.

The Center for Psychological Services offers a range of specialized treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults. Services include individual, couples, and group therapy to members of the community.

Center for Psychological Services Staff

Therapists are in full-time residence while earning an Adelphi University doctorate in clinical psychology. Carefully selected from hundreds of applicants, they represent a diverse range of cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

Monica Pal, PhD '13, became director of Adelphi's Center for Psychological Services and director of Practicum Training—stepping into the shoes of her former professor, Jonathan Jackson, PhD, who retired after 36 years in the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology.

Monica Pal, PhD ’13 is director of Adelphi’s Center for Psychological Services and director of Practicum Training.

Services Provided

The Center for Psychological Services provides high-quality, low-cost services at three clinic locations: the Garden City campus, and the Derner Hempstead Child Clinic, which is a specialty clinic serving only children, adolescents and their families.

Services include:

  • Individual psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and children
  • Family and couples psychotherapy
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Comprehensive psychological assessments for academic, learning, and emotional and behavioral difficulties for all ages (15-hour commitment)

Psychotherapy services address the needs of adults experiencing a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, traumatic life events, and relationship impasses.

Examples of difficulties experienced by children or adolescents and their families that are treated at our clinics are: attention problems, anxiety and specific phobias (e.g., social anxiety), depression, grief, behavioral problems, peer difficulties, and parenting challenges. We serve Adelphi students as well as people from the surrounding community.

Psychotherapy Group for Adults in Garden City

Each group is run by two advanced Adelphi University doctoral candidates under the supervision of senior faculty.

New York City Services

We are happy to announce that our new location for psychotherapy and psychoeducational assessments is at 133 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights, New York.  As we transition from our Varick Street location, we are confident and excited that this new space will exceed expectations and allow us to serve patients in all five boroughs.  For more information, contact Dr. Monica Pal,, director of the Derner Center for Psychological Services, or Maria Etwaroo, clinical specialist, at or 516-877-4820.  

Who Is This Program For?

This weekly therapy process group is for adults age 18 and older who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma and/or interpersonal difficulties and who wish to further explore these feelings in a group setting.

Group members report they derive many benefits from coming to group, including:

  • Feeling understood by people who have similar struggles
  • Knowing they are not alone
  • Having a place where they can feel accepted and talk without feeling judged
  • Learning about their interpersonal struggles
  • Having a forum to try out new or difficult behavior, like being direct about feelings and needs
  • Feeling proud about being able to help others

Those who are receiving individual psychotherapy are also encouraged to inquire.

Support the Derner Center for Psychological Services

When you support the Derner Center for Psychological Services through a donation, you enable us to continue to offer high-quality, affordable mental health care, including a range of specialized treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults. By joining other donors who honor the legacy of Gordon F. Derner, you will help shape the lives of our alumni, students, faculty and staff.

Your donations to support the Derner Hempstead Child Clinic would also be welcome.

Fees and Payments

There is no fee for Adelphi University students and there is a sliding-scale fee for community members.

Program Contacts

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Hy Weinberg Center, 203
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Hy Weinberg Center, 220
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