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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Boost Your Cognitive Function with Psychotherapy

psychotherapyA very common misconception we often come across is the belief that psychotherapy is only for the mentally unstable or the psychologically impaired amongst us. We believe that seeing a therapist is only necessary if we are psychologically weak; at which point, we need to see someone for a speedy recovery. However, what can heal can also improve; meaning psychotherapy is not just recovery-oriented, but it can also be used to improve cognitive function.

 

 

A person who is depressed has impaired mental ability. His brain cannot function at its optimum. Seeing a psychotherapist in this situation can work wonders for your mental health and hence your cognitive functionality. Your brain needs space. It needs calm and serenity to work properly. A mental condition such as depression or stress will just cause it to work less efficiently. Seeing a therapist can help get rid of the turmoil in your brain and help you get the most out of your gray matter.

 

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Lack of focus, clouded judgment, indecisiveness, distractibility and forgetfulness are all symptoms of hampered cognitive function. We are human beings, the true apex predators. We like being in control and any such hindrance in our intellectual capability is simply unacceptable. If you share my opinion and suffer from one or more of the above mentioned symptoms, consider seeing a therapist for the best solution for your predicament.

 

There are instances in which you won’t even realize that your brain is not performing up to its maximum potential. The solution to this is also psychotherapy, which can help you understand how and why you are experiencing a decline in your cognitive function. The professional will prescribe a course of treatments that will help you unlock your full cognitive potential.

Even if you are not a victim of a mental ailment, you can still schedule regular appointments with the therapist to boost your brain power. To reflect on your actions, to think practically, to manage your emotions and to make impactful decisions when needed are all part of your cognitive function. Your therapist can help you boost these abilities by taking you through a variety of exercises which can help induce improvement in your mental ability.

Your therapist is a certified professional. He knows what he’s doing and what you require of him. He might do the most simple of exercises with you like asking you what you had for breakfast on Sunday. He might ask the same question again and again. This is to test your memory and make it stronger.

Another technique most therapists use is give you situations in which you have to make a difficult choice and judge your decision critically so that you learn composure and develop decision making power.

Just as a mechanic can fix a car, but also improve its performance when you modify it, a psychotherapist can mend a broken psyche and boost its performance. Try seeing one to see where you stand and how you can improve yourself. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Psychotherapist in NYC.

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