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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Menopause is a Life Changer

menopauseSome women will sail through the menopause feeling very little effects, but others will suffer for years. This is because it is a change in hormones that happens very gradually, and to start with the differences can be so slight that they may not even be associated with the menopause. You might find that you are not sleeping quite so well, or that your hair needs washing more often. These are simple things that can easily start in your early to mid-forties, long before you think of going through the menopause. It is a time known as perimenopause, and this can last for several years.

 

Your hormone production is reducing at this stage and eventually will start to affect your periods. They may become heavier or lighter, but they need to have stopped totally for 12 months before you know you have officially reached the menopause.

An End to the Monthly Hassle

menopauseThere is no doubt that the best thing about the menopause is the end of the monthly periods. Once a woman has had her children, they become more of a nuisance. It is not just the physical mess of them. Periods can make a woman feel moody and physically ill. Suffering like that every four weeks from the age of 13 or 14 to perhaps 50 or so, and most women are glad to see the end of them.

No More Contraception

Once the 12 months of no periods are done with, there is no longer any need for contraception. At a time of life where for women they can be experiencing some discomfort during sex, the freedom of not having to worry about which contraceptives to use can be an enormous boost to their sex drive.

Symptoms of the Menopause

menopauseMost of the symptoms of the menopause are well known. Women suffer from hot flushes, migraines, weight problems, fatigue, muscle and joint pains, and night sweats among other things. These are all very real and although comedians like to make jokes about some of them, when women are going through all these things, it is not very pleasant at all. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can make some women feel better, and there are many natural herbs and vitamins that can help as well.

Another symptom of the menopause is anxiety and mood swings, and with all those physical symptoms, that should really not be a surprise. If you want help to cope with this side of the menopause, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best psychotherapist in NYC.

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