Joe O’Callaghan


Joe has worked as a clinical social worker/therapist for 32 years in a variety of settings. For 27 years he has worked in the Stamford, CT Public Schools where he is the Department Chair for Social Work. In that capacity Joe supervises 43 social workers and oversees the development of a trauma informed mental health system of care. Joe’s areas of expertise are in grief and loss, school based mental health services, and trauma informed interventions, trauma informed schools, clinical supervision, and crisis intervention and management. In addition Joe is an adjunct assistant professor of social work at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University where he teaches courses in clinical practice.

Joe’s work has always focused on providing state-of -the-art mental health services to the most vulnerable and, in particular, those affected by trauma and loss. Joe received a post master’s degree certificate from Smith College School of Social Work in spirituality and clinical practice. In his private practice, he brings insight from spirituality and contemplative practice to his work with clients. Joe is a Prolonged Grief trained therapist who studied at Columbia University’s Center for Prolonged Grief.

In addition to his specialties in grief, loss and bereavement Joe works with individuals, families and groups dealing with life transitions, mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety, and helping those who have gone through significant life issues to create balance and meaning in their relationships, work and life overall.

In addition to Joe’s work in social work, he has extensive experience in youth ministry, retreat leadership, contemplative prayer and men’s spirituality. He believes that the relationship developed between client and therapist is central to the therapeutic process and positive outcomes for his clients.

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