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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How Couples Can Communicate and Learn to Fight Effectively

fightingYou have a lot to say. There’s a lot bottled up inside of you that you just cannot find the way to say. And, you are overwhelmed with all of the pressures you have on a daily basis. You just wish someone would understand. When you feel like you are up against a wall with your spouse, even if you love that person, it may seem impossible to see a way forward.

However, with the help of a psychotherapist, you can learn how to improve the way you communicate and, in many situations, learn how to get out all of that frustration.

Communicating Is Never Easy

There is no doubt that communication is at the heart of nearly every problem that couples have. Of course, there are situations where people are just so different and unique that it is hard to actually see what options are available to you. You may not be able to get along. However, in many cases, you can find improvement in your quality of life just by learning how to communicate in a more effective manner.

  • Discuss what really is at the heart of your “problem”
  • Learn how to say what’s really bothering you
  • Realize that your opinion matters just as much as that of your spouse
  • Learn how to talk about your needs
  • Learn to talk about your fears and worries

Improving communication is always at the heart of the needs of today’s busy and often times overwhelmed couples. Sometimes, that’s all you need.

Fighting in a Safe Environment

fightingBut, there are other times when the most important thing for you to do is to just let it all out. Creating a safe environment in psychotherapy, you can fight. In other words, sometimes, you need to let all of that frustration, anger, and overwhelming worry out. When you visit a therapist, you can do that more effectively. You can safely let go and release all of that pent up frustration.

And, you can do it in a place where no one is going to walk away, everyone is going to listen, and a solution may become available.
The key here is realizing the value and benefit of turning to a therapist. When you go in to see our professionals, you get the information and support you need. You learn what you can do to overcome the communication issues.