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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Why In-Person Psychotherapy is Superior to Online Sessions

Why In-Person Psychotherapy is Superior to Online SessionsThe modernization of society has brought about a prominent change in the way we think and the way we do things. Life has become easier. Want food? It’s a phone call away. Want a cab? It’ll cost you another phone call. Want endless information for an assignment? At the touch of a button? This evolution of society has brought about advancements in medical facilities as well. However, not every aspect of medicine is as efficient as it was when actual human interaction was involved.

Consider the example of psychotherapy. There is a growing trend of therapists providing online counseling sessions. These sessions are easier to hold and to attend. All you need is a computer and a mic. However, these sessions are nowhere near as effective as in-person psychotherapy sessions because of the lack of physical interaction.

The most prominent difference between the forms of therapy is the transience of online sessions. Expert opinion suggests that online sessions fail to develop an effective and long-lasting bond, without which the therapist cannot get through to you and hence, treatment remains incomplete. These “virtual” relationships are meaningless for most patients – they can be formed easily and ended spontaneously. A psychotherapy bond doesn’t just form overnight; it takes time for it to develop into a relationship of trust, which is why it takes time for a patient to start getting better. Most online patients don’t give the therapist this privilege. They want immediate results and that is not how psychotherapy works.

Why In-Person Psychotherapy is Superior to Online Sessions

A major reason for patients not staying is the fact that there is nothing to stop them from leaving. In- person psychotherapists work from one specific location – their homes or their offices. Most of their patients are members of the same neighborhood they are operating in.  They will stay for the sake of their neighborly relationship even if they believe they are not making any progress.

When a person you know develops a mental ailment, you refer them to a psychotherapist you know. If they believe they are not making sufficient progress, it will not be very easy for them to withdraw from therapy. They will have to consider the fact that you know the therapist and if they discontinue their therapy, it will cause misunderstandings and maim your reputation.

Therefore, living in a community or having any other common ground can prevent a patient from leaving. And we know that psychotherapy requires time. Online patients have no inclination to stay if they believe they aren’t making any progress. They might not even inform the therapist; the poor guy will keep wondering where he went wrong. A person in another state or country does not feel bound to you. He does not have a personal or a professional link to you. Hence the factor of transience is applicable to only online sessions and not in-person therapy.

Why In-Person Psychotherapy is Superior to Online SessionsMoreover, a therapist needs to observe you. From top to bottom. He cannot do this over Skype. He needs to see you and observe your body language to properly decipher your mental condition or the intensity of the problem.

Lastly, if you believe you have a problem and you want treatment, don’t go for the online ruse. Try conventional in-person therapy- Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Psychotherapist in NYC.

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