Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- People of color and LGBTQ topics
- Emotional fluency
Calla Jo is a Licensed Psychoanalyst and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with two offices in Greenwich Village and Union Square, New York, specializing in issues of alienation, anxiety, depression, relationships, identity formation, and emotional fluency. Calla works to provide culturally-sensitive care, and her practice is affirming of LGBTQ+ clients, people of color, and individuals with marginalized identities.
As both a psychoanalyst and a social worker, Calla has a unique understanding of pathways of human development, relational patterns, and larger social structures. Her insight-oriented approach helps clients to better understand how they see themselves and their roles in relationships and at work.
Calla sees an eclectic mix of clients of all ages. She strives to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with each individual and explore difficult thoughts and feelings in a warm, open environment. Her Chelsea office is conveniently located by the 9th Street metro station.
Alienation – Navigating issues stemming from disconnection and isolation
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
People of color and LGBTQ topics – Exploring questions related to power, oppression, sexuality, and gender identity; strengthening understanding in relationships; family and cultural challenges
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Emotional fluency – Learning to express one's emotions into words
Academic issues – Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination
Adoption and foster care – Support around pre- and post-adoption challenges including family dynamics, challenging behaviors, attachment issues, and navigation of the child welfare system or adoption agencies
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential challenges / crises – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Self harm – Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences
Calla is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing individual session: $250/session (45min)
- Group sessions: $65/session (90min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $125 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Calla can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Therapeutic progress is hard to define and can seem like alchemy. I hope you find the help you need and will consider giving me a call. I treat everyone with the tools I have worked on honing for decades: respect, attention, empathy, and humor, when it's called for. Although I think in-person sessions are ideal, I will work via phone call or audio conference."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Center for Human Development, Co-Director of Clinical Studies, 2018 - Present
Center for Human Development, Faculty, 2013 - 2018
Clinic / Private Practice, 2000 - Present
Center for Human Development, Certificate in Psychoanalysis Training, 2013
New York University, MSW, 2000
Yale University, BA, 1988