Laurie Sloane   Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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Over the past 30 years, a combination of diverse professional experiences and extensive training have made me the therapist I am today. In addition to a Master’s Degree in Social Work, I have participated in continuing education courses and seminars to ensure that I am incorporating the latest in psychoanalysis into treatment plans.

I joined the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC), a post-graduate training institute, and served as the Executive Director for 10 years. During my tenure, I taught and supervised candidates, developed an internship program for graduate students, and worked to establish guidelines for training and licensure in New York.  My expertise is broad and far-reaching.

My current areas of specialty are: 

Therapy for Young Adults

Of late, more attention has been focused on the well-being of anxious, depressed and suicidal students on college campuses. I have worked with many students trying to adjust to life away from home. The social and academic pressures of college can bring about the emergence of major mental illness and addiction that needs to be addressed with the proper treatment. In addition to individual sessions, I also offer group treatment to college students and young adults.

Therapy for Women of all ages

I have extensive experience in counseling women of all ages who suffer from eating disorders. Today, there are a variety of treatments available; I’m able to help navigate through the options and figure out which will work best on a case by case basis.

As baby boomers are aging, they are learning that menopause no longer spells the end. Life after 65 continues to be an important, yet often overlooked part of adult development. I’m able to offer support in either individual or group therapy sessions for women navigating midlife and beyond.

Therapy for Veterans

I am affiliated with Here to Help Military and Families, a Long Island group that offers free counseling to returning veterans and their families. I offer a holistic approach to treatment; for both veterans returning from combat, suffering from the effects of trauma and PTSD, as well as their families, who are struggling to understand how difficult reentry into civilian life can be.
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What can you gain from therapy?

Connection to others

Over the past 30 years, I’ve learned a lot about relationships and the value in sharing our thoughts and feelings with friends and partners. Knowing we are being listened to, valued and understood is crucial to emotional wellbeing.

Hope for the future

Therapy is a process. Though there is often no simple, quick solution, it provides a safe space to explore emotions, thoughts, and actions in an in-depth and meaningful way, to eventually bring about change.

Growth and change

Through continued treatment, therapy can be an incredibly powerful tool in helping to significantly improve your quality of life and outlook.

Call me today at 212-413-7088 for a free 15 minute phone consultation.

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Why Are College Students Getting Anxious and Depressed?

college studentsIt appears that 1 out of every 5 college students in the US suffers from anxiety or depression. With the statistics showing that there are over 20 million college students in America, that equates to at least 4 million who are unhappy enough to be anxious or depressed. What causes this is a matter of huge debate, as the percentage of students suffering has increased in the last few years.

Prescription Drugs

depressionWe are not talking illegal drugs at this point, but prescription drugs that students, and their parents request. Often, they will approach their doctor for stimulants to help them get through exam times. They want something to keep them awake for longer hours so they can revise more, as they are starting to feel anxious about their grades.

This creates a problem for two reasons. Firstly, a lack of sleep is not the way to keep you feeling on top of the world, and secondly, the known side effects of drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin include anxiety and depression. These drugs are perfectly safe when they are used to treat the problem they are meant for, but to use them as a stimulant can have very bad side effects for the user. A sensible doctor will refuse to prescribe them, and perhaps advise a consultation with a psychotherapist to discuss their problems.

Technology and Social Media

depressionYou would think that technology would be useful to college students, and most of the time it is. However, excessive use of things such as social media can have an adverse effect on them. Some students almost live two lives, their virtual one and the real one. The two can become intertwined, and that is when problems begin to surface.

Several studies have shown that being addicted to social media or generally overuse of a mobile can affect sleep patterns and cause anxiety and depression. One study showed that at least 50% of students wake up in the night to check and answer any messages. This produces a poorer quality of sleep and is likely to lead to anxiety or depression.

Other Stresses

It appears that these are the two main things to make college students anxious or depressed, but there can be other factors such as homesickness, financial worries and concerns over whether they will be able to find work once they have graduated.

Many of these things can be put into perspective with help from the right person, which is why you should contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Psychotherapist in NYC.

Contact us at 212-413-7088 to schedule a consultation.

Moving Beyond Midlife to Life’s Future Challenges

therapistYou’ve gone through a great deal in the last few years. You’ve gotten past that midlife point and now you are facing your future. You worry. Did you do enough? Did you create the type of life you wanted to live? Who is going to be with you going forward? You worry about money, people, relationships, and even your death.

The entire process can be overwhelming in itself. The good news is, you have help available to you. Turning to a psychotherapist may be exactly what you need to do to get through these difficult situations.

Do You need a Bit of Help?

For many women who are moving beyond midlife, the concerns weighing on their minds can be numerous. You may be facing so many challenges it is hard to focus. You could be facing making decisions about matters such as:

  • Your future – what you want it to be, what you hope it will include, and what you can expect from these later years
  • Your retirement – is it what you wanted it to be? Can you change things now? Will you have the financial ability to retire?
  • Your health – Are you facing medical concerns right now? Could you be in the near future? Many men and women begin to worry about their health at this point.
  • Your mortality – Do you find yourself worried about dying and leaving people behind? Do you worry about what death means?

If you are facing these types of struggles, you may not want or need to reach out to your loved ones. You may want a third party who can give you insight and options. That is when turning to some form of psychotherapy can be empowering.

How to Get the Help You Need

therapistWomen have a wide range of opportunities available to them in obtaining support. Psychotherapy is an option for many women. You can choose to turn to a professional for one-on-one sessions. And, group therapy can also be beneficial in many of these areas. The goal here is to reach out. Find a way to improve your quality of life by simply reaching out to those around you.

And, when you just want a different solution, perhaps one that gives you more of an opportunity to achieve your goals, turn to a professional who can help guide you from where you are to where you want to be. Call me today at 212-413-7088.