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.

Category Archives: Personality

What Are Personality Disorders And Why Do They Occur?

Why Do Personality Disorders Occur?Personality disorders can be very debilitating and complex situations for those suffering from them. When a person has a personality disorder, it is often a deeply ingrained behavior that is very specific. It may be an inflexible pattern of thoughts. It could be based in the way a person perceives others around them, how they relate to others, or even in the way they think about situations they face on a day to day basis. Individuals with personality disorders should never feel alone – this type of condition is growing in prominence because it is better understood today than it used to be. However, many people still want to understand why it happens.

Why Do Personality Disorders Occur?

Though there is much research still to be done, most experts believe personality disorders occur as a result of instances early in life. It used to be common belief that these types of disorders were not actual mental health problems but rather instances in which people were lazy or even considered evil. Today, we know that this is not the case. There are several types of causes often attributed to personality disorders.

  • Genetics – Individuals who have a family member that has suffered a personality disorder are more likely to suffer it themselves. Genetic factors can play a Personality-Disorder-Fullrole in the types of disorders an individual has. This is specifically linked to conditions such as aggression, fear, and anxiety.
  • Trauma – This is specifically problematic in situations where a child is involved in a traumatic situation. Individuals who suffer abuse of any type of a significant, life changing event during their youth without therapy or counseling may develop personality disorders.
  • Verbal Abuse – Another cause of personality disorders is in verbal abuse. Being screamed at, threatened or fearing for one’s life can often lead to this type of disorder development.
  • High Reactivity – Individuals who are highly reactive are often likely to develop personality disorders. This may include those who suffer from intense reactions to noise, light, or sound.
  • Peers – It is known that peers can in fact play a role in the development of disorders.

Are you suffering from a personality disorder? Even if you are unsure if this is the case, it is often best to seek out help for you or your loved one. When you schedule a consultation with our psychotherapist, you can learn more about your unique risks.

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