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 to Prepare to Go to a Therapist by NYC Top Psychotherapist

Things You Should Know Before Seeing a Psychotherapist

how-plan-for-therapy-top-female-therapist-nyc-01The decision to begin therapy can be frustrating or disheartening. It is a path that helps lead the patient on a journey to self actualization, mental stability and emotional perseverance. Not only is it challenging for the therapist to meticulously and yet gently probe you to fully open yourself to him and to discuss all that you have kept hidden deep inside your subconscious. However, this can also be equally harrowing and traumatizing for the patient. This is why it is important to develop a powerful bond of trust and confidence in your therapist. In light of this, mentioned below is everything you need to do to build a strong relationship with your therapist:

  1. Plan it out:

It is extremely crucial to know that your first meeting with the therapist is the building block of your upcoming sessions. It is where you and your therapist get to know each other whilst unraveling dark or emotionally troubling secrets and confusion that hovers over you. So go ahead and plan out your talk with him. Make notes of what goes around in your head and feel free to let it out, be it something that bothers you during the day or something that keeps you up at night – don’t hesitate to let it out since your sole purpose is to rid yourself of negative energy.

  1. Be determined:

Psychotherapy is not magic. Just like any other medicinal treatment, it takes time. Every individual is unique and there is diversity among the types of cases the therapist comes across, so you need to cut him some slack and be patient. Hence, it is necessary for patients to realize that determination is the key to success. Give your counselor the time to adjust to you. No miracle can fix you unless you yourself are determined to work towards a positive change in your life. So keep your head high and hopes higher!

  1. The psychotherapist is not your friend:

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Yes, it is true that you are often told to open up to your therapist just like you would to a close friend. However, it is ignored that your therapist is a legal, clinically approved professional who will not put forward any biased opinions or fake references to be in your good books; something a friend would do. Be prepared for bitter, unbiased counseling if you plan on visiting a therapist. This positive criticism, in most cases, can play a vital role in a rapid recovery.

  1. Book an appointment:

Because of the hustle and bustle of life, people forget to do the one thing that is primary before your first session. Be sure to make an appointment at least 2 weeks in advance to avoid any delays in your meeting. Also, make sure you have no other plans on the day as your appointment so that your mind is fresh and optimally functional. Stay focused!

  1. Be yourself:

planning-for-therapy-top-therapist-nyc-03After you have decided to finally talk to someone about your feelings, know that you need to be as honest and truthful as possible. Your therapist is not someone you need to impress with your words. He is not looking for a fancy speech or courtesy (a bit of courtesy won’t hurt though). All you need to do is spill your guts the way you like! Share whatever you intend to as no one knows you better than yourself.

 

Psychotherapists can work wonders for your health should you choose to see one. So contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Psychotherapist in NYC.