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 You Should Not Worry about Stigma and Seek Psychotherapy

Although the progression open ended culture and understanding societies has brought down many walls surrounding mental illnesses and stigma that has always been an obstacle for patients trying to improve their condition and get well, one wall still remains. The discrimination and shame associated with a mental illness is the main cause why people never get treated their entire lives. These people have to suffer day in and day out while their illnesses are curable.

Looking at psychotherapy as an issue rather than a solution is the main cause for the suffering of a lot of adults and children, even to this day. These people are conditioned to think that if they accept their illness, they would become societal outcasts. Society itself has a major role to play when it comes to mental illnesses. A lot of emphasis is laid down on how to be perfect that sometimes the imperfections are never acknowledged.

Not seeking psychotherapy can further deteriorate your mental condition, and can lead to a plethora of other health condition such as hypertension, diabetes; and in some cases, death. Here are some reasons why you should never worry about the stigma associated to mental illness.

1. You begin to accept yourself the way you are:

psychotherapySeeking therapy is the first step to solving a larger issue. Society lays so much emphasis on the collective image that you forget your own identity in the matter. Therapy can help you understand how to love yourself and every imperfection you are born with. It can help boost your confidence so much that you do not care about what anyone else thinks of you.

2. You start building your relationships:

psychotherapyRelationships face several problems and they are mostly caused by small misunderstandings. By not fearing the disgrace society will have for you and going for therapy can help you better understand your partner’s needs and wants. It also helps you understand how to rebuild a failing relationship so that you two can live happily. It is a freeing feeling to not care about anyone else but your partner.

3. You can finally understand your purpose in life:

Have you ever felt like you do not belong? Have you ever wondered why you can never fit in society? People often feel like outcasts in society. They start believing that they are useless and they are just another pebble along the path. Going for therapy can help you remove that fear and feeling of being lost. It can help you repurpose your life and therefore give you a goal to pursue.

psychotherapy4. It can help you let go and forgive:

People fall into depression due to a number of reasons – financial difficulties, losing a loved one, unemployment, obesity, etc. You can feel betrayed because the person you love does not love you back. There are countless other scenarios that cause flashbacks to occur in your mind. Not taking therapy all this time can mean that those flashbacks will never leave you. You need to talk to someone and who better than a trained professional who knows exactly what to say to you. That is why you must forget the stigma attached to psychotherapy and take a chance on it. You are only helping to protect your own mental health that way.

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