Laurie Sloane   Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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.

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.

Tag Archives: midlife challenges

Positive and Negative Aspects of Midlife

midlifeFrom the day we are born we start to age, and we all have to go through the various stages of life. At some point we will reach midlife, and for many it can be quite a shock when they realize they are no longer the youngster they feel they still are in their head. Midlife has its differences for men and for women, but there are some things that can apply to us all no matter what our gender is.

Children Fleeing the Nest

midlifeIt is often the time when parents reach midlife that coincides with their children having left home for university or just to set up their own home. Suddenly there can be just the two of you. There will not be so much washing and other housework to do, so there is more free time. No school runs to worry about or late-night picks ups from friend’s houses. Now you can please yourselves and, after years of caring for children, that can be strange.

Of course, the negative side of this is that you will miss your children on a day-to-day basis, but from a positive point of view your life becomes your own again. You can eat when you want, watch what you want to see on the TV and generally live your life as you see fit.

Having More Money

Hopefully, it is this time of life when your mortgage will be coming to an end, and that can mean you are a lot better off financially. On the positive side, this could mean you will be better off than at any other previous time of your life, but on the negative side, you need to start investing some of that money for your retirement.
If you think that midlife has crept up faster than you thought possible, retirement comes even quicker. If you do not invest some of your newfound wealth in a pension plan for the future, you could end up in a very bad financial state after just a couple of years of finishing work.

Health Issues

midlifeSome people say that it is at midlife that our health starts to decline, both physically and mentally. This is not always the case by any means. Yes, our conditions change, but that is not always a bad thing. Physically, women go through the menopause but then do not have the hassle of monthly periods. Men often get a wake-up call at this age because of changes in their appearance and start to take better care of themselves.

Mentally, most people just deal with the changes that are happening, but for some they cannot handle the fact they are getting older and might need some help to come to terms with it. If this is how you feel, contact us today and arrange an appointment with the finest psychotherapist in NYC.

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

Moving Beyond Midlife to Life’s Future Challenges

therapistYou’ve gone through a great deal in the last few years. You’ve gotten past that midlife point and now you are facing your future. You worry. Did you do enough? Did you create the type of life you wanted to live? Who is going to be with you going forward? You worry about money, people, relationships, and even your death.

The entire process can be overwhelming in itself. The good news is, you have help available to you. Turning to a psychotherapist may be exactly what you need to do to get through these difficult situations.

Do You need a Bit of Help?

For many women who are moving beyond midlife, the concerns weighing on their minds can be numerous. You may be facing so many challenges it is hard to focus. You could be facing making decisions about matters such as:

  • Your future – what you want it to be, what you hope it will include, and what you can expect from these later years
  • Your retirement – is it what you wanted it to be? Can you change things now? Will you have the financial ability to retire?
  • Your health – Are you facing medical concerns right now? Could you be in the near future? Many men and women begin to worry about their health at this point.
  • Your mortality – Do you find yourself worried about dying and leaving people behind? Do you worry about what death means?

If you are facing these types of struggles, you may not want or need to reach out to your loved ones. You may want a third party who can give you insight and options. That is when turning to some form of psychotherapy can be empowering.

How to Get the Help You Need

therapistWomen have a wide range of opportunities available to them in obtaining support. Psychotherapy is an option for many women. You can choose to turn to a professional for one-on-one sessions. And, group therapy can also be beneficial in many of these areas. The goal here is to reach out. Find a way to improve your quality of life by simply reaching out to those around you.

And, when you just want a different solution, perhaps one that gives you more of an opportunity to achieve your goals, turn to a professional who can help guide you from where you are to where you want to be. Call me today at 212-413-7088.