Andrew Calderaro, LMSW
Clinical Program Director
Andrew is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). New to Hope Street, he brings years of experience working across populations and the proven belief that people can heal. Trained in both clinical and community practice, Andrew earned his Master of Social Work from CUNY-Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work. After graduation, he moved south, where he founded a nonprofit that empowered local communities with psychoeducation of mood disorders. He then returned to his native New York and worked as manager for a national nonprofit. Though proud of his work, Andrew sought a more clinical, more personal direction. He found it in Hope Street.
Andrew is excited to work with people in search of healing. He has seen how trauma – a silent, lightless, small inner space – keeps people from living as them full selves. Yet therapy – a space for listening, opening up, and growing – can help people heal and live better everyday lives.
Group Title: The Huddle: A Recovery Space
Group Description: Almost nothing isolates, disrupts, and hurts like mental illness does.
This calls to mind an absurd scene. Imagine a basketball player, say Lebron James, as he sprints up the court. He leaps toward the rim. He extends his arms — and nothing. No ball. No big dunk. All that potential — a waste! And all because no one was there to throw him a pass. He was all alone.
The same teamwork can factor into mental health.
Just as mental illness isolates, group therapy unites. Just as, for example, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse can stifle, shared experience can free and uplift. Whereas Lebron can’t complete an alley-oop by himself, with teammates he’s not just a dynamic dunker, he’s part of championship teams.
And that’s what The Huddle is, a chance for individuals to be a team of supporters. A space to share their hurdles and their lives. A platform where they can show their true colors, open up, be heard and hear others. The Huddle is a once-a-week group therapy session that gives individuals a chance to chase the greatest victory of all — their mental health