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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8 Common Reasons People Seek Psychotherapy

Many people seek help from therapists these days. Anyone suffering from any emotionally challenging state can go to a therapist to discuss their personal matters. The stigma attached to seeking a therapist is slowly eradicating and people are finding it easier to discuss their problems with a skilled professional.

There are countless reasons to why people seek psychotherapy. Some have suffered great loss while others suffer emotional stress and disbalance and pain. Everyone finds a place of safety with a therapist where they can discuss anything and everything with them.

The 8 most common reasons for people seeking psychotherapy include:

1.    Depression:

8 Common Reasons People Seek PsychotherapyDepression is the number one cause for which people seek a therapist. A psychotherapist the best professional you can discuss your problems with. He will try to read your subconscious and eliminate those feeling that have totally isolated you from the world.

2.    Anxiety Related Disorders:

Many people get anxious when they are surrounded by hoards of people or if they are in the spotlight. PTSD caused by extreme circumstances is common and can be dealt with by a professional therapist.

3.    Anger Management:

Stress is one of the main reasons for anger bursts and a therapist knows that. People with anger management issues are therefore taught to cope with stress and manage their negative emotions and energy through streamlined and precision-based psychotherapy.

4.    Family Problems:

8 Common Reasons People Seek PsychotherapyEveryone has family related issues and some more than most. Many children are left wondering which side to pick as the divorce rates increase. Parents continuously fighting can also leave lasting effects on a child’s personality as well as his emotional state. It is better that the child seek help from a psychotherapist on the matter to get strong both emotionally and mentally.

5.    Addictions:

Both alcohol and smoking can lead to several debilitating diseases, broken relationships, demotivation, pessimistic emotion, not to mention physical harm as well. A person seeking psychotherapy for such an issue usually goes through a tough rehabilitation process and group sessions.

6.    Grief and Loss:

Sometimes when you lose someone dear to you, you can get emotionally unstable. The memories of that person become too painful to bear and you have no idea what to do, you become lost and disgruntled and may end up lonely. Seeking psychotherapy can help give closure and an end to that suffering.

7.    Eating Disorders:

These can range from not eating anything at all to eating so much that you start to vomit. People with eating disorders can have certain complexes that are acquired from their need for society’s approval. Some people also start eating more simply because it is a way for them to cope with the stress of life.

8.    Lack of Self Esteem:

8 Common Reasons People Seek Psychotherapy 8 Common Reasons People Seek PsychotherapySocial isolation is imminent if a person feels he cannot talk to anyone because of how they think about him. This lack of self esteem can cause a person to go into depression as he would not have anyone to talk to and mostly confine his emotions within himself. This is unsafe and can cause a lot of problems down the line. Sharing it with a therapist can increase the person’s confidence.

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