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.

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How to Prepare For a Visit to the Psychotherapist

 PsychotherapistDo you think you’re lonely? Is it difficult for you to get out of bed in the morning? Are you losing your appetite and can’t explain why? If these questions make you ponder over how your quality of life is being affected, then therapy might just be what you need.  It is a nourishing process that cleanses both your body and mind.

A psychotherapist is a person trained to deal with a variety of issues like anxiety, anger, depression, etc. His job is to help you feel better and fully understand yourself. In order to ease your treatment, here are a few ways through which you can master a perfect session with your therapist.

Know your therapist:

With ever-growing competition in job markets, new therapists are coming in every year. Everyone wants the best of course! Hence, be fully aware of your therapist’s background information. What qualifications does he have? Do his previous patients recommend him? Is he friendly? Are there any complaints against him? Does he have a certified degree? Has there ever been any type of legal action against him? These questions play a huge role in deciding which psychotherapist to go to, and are arguably the most important part of the process.

Required documents:

Therapy itself is a simple process. However, the documentation can sometimes be a little complicated. Every clinic provides a number of forms that need to be filled in by the patients. The paperwork may include details such as medications that you are currently taking or have been taking in the past, family back ground, profession, physical health or hospital history. Create a file with all the required documents to ensure you are organized and prepared.

Prepare notes:

Visiting a therapist for the first time can be pretty overwhelming. It is a huge possibility that your nervousness causes you to forget extremely important points that you planned to discuss. Therefore, make small notes with pointers that you would like to elaborate on. Mention any life experiences, habits or stories that will improve your case. This will not only encourage you to speak up, but it will also help the therapist to acknowledge your efforts.

Ask questions:

 PsychotherapistJust like your therapist bombards you with a series of questions, you have the right to do so too. Your psychotherapist is a professional who has great experience in his field. Be it something as small as the clock not working in his office or as big as the book he’s given you to read, ask him anything you feel anxious about. He will be more than pleased to answer. Your aim is to clear your mind of the chaos inside it, not give rise to more anarchy.

Be informed financially:

To avoid any financial disagreements or issues, know the procedure beforehand. Have a talk with your therapist before your session to know the methods of payment and whether it is in your budget or not. Also, check with the clinic; whether they accept insurance or not and stay in contact with the insurance company throughout. For evidence, ask for a slip or receipt to keep a record.

 PsychotherapistPsychotherapists can help you recover from depression, anxiety and a variety of other mental ailments. So contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Psychotherapist in NYC.

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

Midlife: Women Can Benefit from Seeking Out Support

supportLife changes often. In many situations, it becomes hard to deal with even when changes as positive. Many women going through midlife changes and transitions find themselves overwhelmed and out of options. Who can you talk to that can give you an honest opinion? Who can you just talk to without being judged? Sometimes, you just need to figure out how to be yourself again.

During these transitions in midlife, it is important to reach out for the support you need. You can get that that support from a psychotherapist.

How Can Psychotherapy Help You Now?

Most women face emotional and physical changes and challenges during their midlife. It is during this time that big things are happening. Your children may be going off to college. Your groups of friends may be changing. Your daily life may be changing. During this time of transition, it can be hard to know what to do or how to get through. Take a few minutes to breathe deeply. What steps can you take today to get more clarity on your life now and your future?

Sometimes, it is best to step away from those in your life and turn to a third party. You need someone to offer objective advice and to see through all of the complications that you face. A psychotherapist is the person to do just that.

Group Settings Are an Option

supportPsychotherapy can be very powerful in any form that you have available to you. However, many women who are struggling with midlife struggles about the future, about their health, about retirement, or even mortality need to reach out to a setting that fits their unique needs. In these cases, group sessions can be very powerful.

You have a lot to think about and, in many cases, a great deal to worry about. Yet, when you meet with other women battling the same thing you are, you may be able to find new clarity and opportunity.


Group settings for many women dealing with the struggles of life’s transitions are ideal. You can find a group of people who can relate to you and who you can feel comfortable talking with about what you are dealing with. You may find the support you get in a group session is really all you need to move forward and improve your quality of life.

Contact me today to schedule a free consultation at 212-413-7088 or email me at

How Psychotherapy Can Help College Students

PsychotherapyCollege students have so many challenges on a daily basis. They have to deal with complex problems everywhere they turn. This includes the challenges of courses, but it also means challenges related to relationships, being away from home, and planning a future. In fact, college students face more challenges and conflicts than most any other generation. There are solutions available to dealing with and minimizing these risks. One of those options is the use of psychotherapy.

How Can Psychotherapy Help You?

If you are a college student and you are looking for an opportunity to improve your future and your quality of life right now, schedule some time to speak to a psychotherapist. This one-on-one opportunity can give you the confidence you need to move forward in a most positive way. How can they help you?

  • Learn to better manage your anxiety. There are plenty of reasons for it, but if you are suffering from any level of anxiety, getting help through psychotherapy can help you to better control its impact on your daily life.
  • Get help for depression. The challenges and stresses of college life can cause significant episodes of depression in some people. The pressure is intense. However, you do not have to suffer from the outcome of depression if you seek out help.
  • Social anxiety is another key area that this care can offer some help and support for. If you struggle to fit in or find yourself battling the pressures of the social world, it can help to turn to psychotherapy for support.
  • Body issues can be very hard for many teens in college. The pressures again can lead to complex self-esteem issues. These can be very hard to overcome on your own, but you do not have to.

What else are you facing on a daily basis?

PsychotherapyDo you worry about school? Are you having trouble with substance abuse? Perhaps you just do not know if you are making the right decisions for yourself. When you turn to a psychotherapist, you gain the support you need to learn how to better manage your college years.


What’s more, you can turn the negative feelings you have now around and find better quality of life with some help. Ultimately, this could lead to improvement in your college life. If you want to do more than just survive college, turn to our psychotherapist for the support you need.

Contact me to schedule a free consultation at 212-413-7088.

Benefits of Psychotherapy

Although many people know they need help, most don’t realize that psychotherapy can offer the solution and treatment they need. If you are battling stress and are unhappy with the current quality of life you are living, come in to see our team. Let us help you to explore the potential benefits this treatment option can offer. Do you know the benefits of psychotherapy?

What Are The Benefits of Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a type of scientifically validated treatment. It works to help individuals to develop better, healthier habits. And, it can be a highly effective tool at improving your overall well-being and quality of life. Here are some of the significant benefits patients often see when they get help.

Stress Reduction

psychotherapyOne of the keys to improving not only quality of life but overall health is managing stress. Stress creates a toxic atmosphere in the body that impacts all working organs. It can also shorten your lifespan by potentially making you more likely to develop complications for various ailments. However, psychotherapy can help to reduce this stress.

Psychotherapy offers solutions for improving your overall stress level on a daily basis.

Less Conflict in Life

conflictsAnother key area that psychotherapy can be helpful is conflict improvement. Everyone faces conflicts throughout their lifetime. However, the way you deal with them and overcome them may differ.

If you are struggling with conflicts or finding yourself constantly battling one conflict after another, it is time to get through that to determine what the underlying cause is.

Improved Coping Skills

Sometimes, it is not the conflict itself that is the problem but the ability to cope with life challenges. There may not be a way to avoid a tragic situation, but there are ways (good and bad) to cope with it. When you obtain this type of care, you can learn to recognize areas of struggle and learn how to cope with them.


psychotherapyIn addition, psychotherapy can also offer greater self-awareness. And, when you are better aware of your life and your challenges, you can create more satisfying relationships in every component of your life. That includes at home and even at work.


Are you struggling? If life isn’t what you want it to be, now is the time to make a change. Psychotherapy should be at the heart of that changing process. Contact our offices at to learn more about the options available to you.

Contact me to schedule a free consultation at 212-413-7088.