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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A Guide to Selecting the Right Psychiatrist

Ranging from schizophrenia to bipolarity; from marriage problems to workplace stress, from burnout to substance use, from obsessive compulsive disorder to insomnia, statistics clearly display how, over 30 million people, in the US alone, have been suffering from mental health illnesses. In order to work through these many complications, professional assistance may be required.

Although divulging your deepest feelings might a littleproblematic, consulting the right psychiatrist is the first step to overcoming you struggles.

Start with identifying the particular snag you are facing, bearing in mind the fact that each individual is distinctive in their personalities, and hence, their struggles. Therefore, you should search for a professional who specializes in the fields that have proved to be problematic for you.

Make a Referral List

First and foremost, make a referral list. Add names to the list by asking friends, family and other healthcare professionals. If word of mouth is not as useful, most healthcare facilities, mental health centers and psychiatric associations can help with a referral. Furthermore, collect the credentials of the doctors. Make it a point to research the doctor for any history of malpractice claims or punitive actions.

While searching for a proficient professional, bear in mind that experience matters. In choosing a healthcare professional, try to find one that is board certified, who is fully trained and has passed a laborious specialty examination.

The location of the hospital is yet another factor to consider, seeing as top rated hospitals boast higher recovery rates and fewer complications. Also, the environment of the hospital might prove to be helpful for a person with a mental health disorder.

Aside from the establishment of the obvious, yet necessary credentials and competence of the professional, an important factor is a good rapport with him/her. Consider a psychiatrist who is compatible with you.

Besides these, there are other important factors -such as the cost of the professional, the location of the clinic, the preferred age, gender, cultural background, language, etc that also prove to be deciding aspects in your journey to find the right mental health professional.

Insurance for Psychotherapy

Another important issue to consider while looking for a psychiatrist is insurance. While some insurance companies cover most mental healthcare facilities, other factors must be taken into account.

In addition to this, plan for the appointment, form questions that you believe will assist you, do not hold back out of embarrassment or guilt, and summarize what has occurred, leading up to the dilemmas you are facing.



In order to judge whether the doctor is apposite for you, during you meeting be sure to observe whether the doctor positively, yet accurately reflects on what you say.

When selecting the right psychiatrist, bear in mind that good, nay, great doctors are modest about their clinical standing, they respect you and offer you realistic hope.

In conclusion, the right mental health professional, should, not only be competent and qualified, but should also be capable of maintaining a good relationship with their clients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Psychotherapist in NYC.


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