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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Functioning with Bipolar Disorder in College

bipolar disorderBefore we discuss how students with bipolar disorder can work their way through college, we need to understand what the problem they are suffering from is. For many years it was referred to as someone being a manic-depressive. The manic part of the name was for the highs and the depressive part for the lows. This is because someone with bipolar disorder experiences both, with his or her mood swings often happening very quickly and for no apparent reason.

 

Medical researchers and scientists have been looking for a long time to try and find the cause of this mental health problem, and a way to cure it. As yet there are no definite answers, but it tends to affect people between the ages of 15 and 24 and the contributing factors appear to be stress, genetics and changes in the brain.

How Bipolar Disorder Can Affect College Life

Students suffering from bipolar disorder can be fine for a while and then have an episode that is either a high or a low. When this happens, their thoughts will start to race, and they will have trouble focusing, making learning extremely difficult. It will be almost impossible for them to concentrate while in class or while studying, and they will have trouble making rational decisions. Their behavior becomes very impulsive and they will think nothing of skipping a class, or even missing a test.
When the episode has passed, and they are feeling more normal again, they often find themselves wondering how they can put right the damage they have done to their studies.bipolar disorder

Help on Campus

There will be some help on campus if the student admits they have bipolar disorder. Most colleges have counseling centers, health centers and some have support groups as well. The students will be able to get advice and guidance from these places, which hopefully may help them to cope with their bipolar disorder while they are at college.

For some students, this type of help is not enough though. Some need the help of a psychotherapist who will be able to help them deal with some of the causes of their problem, which should help reduce its effects.

Letting Friends Know

collegeIt is very important that the closest friends of the sufferer know about their bipolar disorder. Apart from the support friends can give, it means they will understand the moods swings and that when the sufferer is perhaps unpleasant to them, it’s their illness that is causing it. The help of friends can be crucial for students to complete their college courses.

The student could also seek help from professionals who are used to dealing with bipolar disorder. If you want to consider this, contact us today to arrange an appointment with the finest psychotherapist in NYC.

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

How to Help Your College Student Find the Right Therapist

college therapistThe pressures of work and trying to care for themselves for possibly the first time in their lives, often means that when students start college, they become a bit disillusioned with what they thought would be fun all the way. When they suddenly find that apart from the classes they have to study, they also have to arrange their own meals, sort their own laundry and a whole host of other things, it should be no surprise that some of them start to suffer from anxiety or depression.

For some students, this can become quite serious, and beyond the support that friends and family can provide. There may come a time where it is felt a therapist is the best option, but how do you go about finding the right one for your college student?

 

Look for Recommendations

college therapistThe college counseling center will know of the therapists local to the college. They will give a student short term support until a therapist has been found, but they will be familiar with all the local resources and will be able to point you in the right direction.

You could speak to your own doctor to see if they know anyone in the area of the college. Doctors tend to have quite a large network of professional colleagues, and if a therapist has a good reputation, there stands a chance that your doctor will be able to very quickly find out about them.

Mention what you are looking for to friends and family, as they may well have first-hand experience of a therapist that they can recommend.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask potential therapists questions about the way they work and if they specialize in any particular area. Some work with people that have an eating disorder, some with drug abusers and there are some that specialize in helping students cope with the stress of college life. Most of them deal with many different types of problems. While you are asking questions, check that they are licensed to operate by the state you are in, and if they cannot prove that they are, go elsewhere.

Talk to Your Student First

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Before making any final decision about which therapist to use, there are just a few things you need to know. Is there any preference for working with a male or female? Does age matter? Are they prepared to discuss their problems with a therapist? When you have the answers to these questions you can proceed.

 

 

 

 

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