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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Common Myths about Professional Psychotherapy Debunked

Why do people hesitate to visit a psychotherapist? Is it because they’re afraid to be labelled as “crazy”? Is it because it is “too expensive”? Or is it because the therapy is “never-ending”? The answers to these questions may be a big yes for most people. Psychotherapy surrounds itself with various misconceptions. Originating through pop culture, these myths have become a common reason for us to avoid psychotherapy.

It is a fact that we are more prone to believing everything that we hear. It is essential for people taking psychotherapy for the first time to be completely aware of the myths that haunt it. It is in fact, not just crucial for internal healing, but also for personal and spiritual growth. Here are a few myths about psychotherapy:

1. You are emotionally unstable:

psychotherapistA person in therapy doesn’t have to be someone going through anxiety, depression or anger. It is a place where strong healthy individuals looking for guidance and support can express their desires without the fear of being judged as well as discover the root of their problems in order to overcome them with inner peace.

2. A therapist only talks money:

Despite the fact that a psychotherapist does cost money, it is often disregarded that the person dealing with you is a highly qualified professional. Hours of training and hard work go into earning a degree. Your therapist will only open up to you as a friend to boost your confidence so it is easier for you to talk about your dilemma, not because he is being paid to do so.

3. Therapy is everlasting:

psychotherapistThis misconception is in fact one of the major reasons driving one away from psychotherapists. You may have heard people complain about how long it is and takes forever. However, the truth is that the process is different for every individual. Complicated predicaments may take longer to deal with whereas people who find themselves improving may finish their session earlier. Some individuals wish to continue therapy in order to fully understand themselves.

4. Be optimistic:



It is very habitual for our families or friends or just anyone around us to claim that having a positive approach towards life can resolve any problem. What they fail to understand is that it is not as simple as it sounds. Yes, being optimistic may help you overlook a few flaws, but it will definitely not help in dealing with crucial issues. Agreeing to receive treatment means that you have someone by your side who is listening to you, suggesting solutions to your problems and is helping you feel better.

5. It is all because of your childhood:

People seek therapy for a range of different reasons. It can be because of the death of a loved one, financial complications, a tragic accident or family issues. Linking therapy with child-hood mannerisms and incidents is misguiding for people genuinely looking for assistance.

Therapy can work wonders for your health, not just your mental stability, but your physiological well being as well. So contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Psychotherapist in NYC.

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