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.

Category Archives: Teenager

Signs of Mental Health Problems in Teens

Signs of Mental Health Problems in TeensMany individuals struggle with mental health problems as teens or children. It can be particularly troublesome for parents to recognize signs of potential mental health concerns in teens because it is quite common to think that moodiness is simply a common problem for teens. However, there are some situations where this type of mental health concern is more than just a moody and hormonal teen.

What should parents know and look for in their teen to know there is a problem that requires the help of a psychotherapist? In short, you should always contact a therapist if you are worried, no matter how much of a concern is present.

Common Signs of Mental Health Concerns

The pressures of being a teenager today can be incredible. There is no doubt this can lead to challenging situations for nearly any teen. However, there are some situations where those challenges are more worrisome than others and harder to deal with. Even a teen with a strong support group may struggle. If you notice these types of symptoms in your teen, it may be time to get them some additional support to help them to get through touch challenges and mental health complications.

    • Excessive sleeping, insomnia or other sleep disorders
    • Weight loss and loss of appetite which could signal an eating disorder
    • Personality changes such as moves towards aggressiveness or excessive amounts of anger, which could indicate additions to drugs or alcohol
    • Depression symptoms such as changes in sleep, unexpected crying, expressions of hopelessness, self-mutilation, excessive isolation, paranoia, or abandonment concerns
    • Anorexia or bulimia, both of which could indicate concerns related to eating disorders
    • No longer associating with a group of friends, isolation from social activities
    • Loss of self-esteem
    • Unexpected and often dramatic changes in their ability and performance in school

Signs of Mental Health Problems in TeensThese are only the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to your teen’s mental health. Take the time to discuss your teen’s mental health with them at length without any type of negative connotation. If you suspect that your teen may be struggling and may be unable to state this or unwilling to admit a concern, it is best to seek out the expert evaluation from a therapist.

This could be one of the best ways to learn if your child is okay or need support. Come in to see our New York psychotherapist to learn more about what you can do and expect.

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

Getting Help for Your Teen from a Psychotherapist

best therapist nycCould your teen be struggling with mental health concerns? Though most parents would not think twice about getting their child medical attention if they were hurt, it is often harder to recognize the instances when a teen needs support from a therapist. Yet, there are many times when this is the ideal age to intervene to ensure your child has the best possible opportunity to improve his or her life in the long term. Mental health concerns often start in teens or children and can be significantly improved with the help of a psychotherapist.

When Should Your Teen Seek Out Help?

There are many instances in which teens can benefit from the help of a psychotherapist. Individuals who have the following symptoms may be in need of this type of help.

  • The teen struggles to make decisions or resolve conflicts with those in their lives
  • They seem to suffer from high levels of stress and anxiety and have trouble coping with it
  • There are major life changes occurring such as the death of a loved one, a divorce, or significant illness
  • The teen struggles with sleep
  • There are concerns about a child’s use of drugs alcohol
  • The teen may suffer from physical ailments such as diabetes, cancer, or chronic pain that may have created debilitating mental health problems
  • There is a need to learn to better manage challenges in everyday life such as eating or aggression

best therapist nycIf your child is suffering from any type of challenging mental health circumstance, it is best to seek out proper care and treatment as soon as possible. Teens can suffer from anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, a wide range of addictions, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. In these instances, it is nearly always necessary and beneficial for those individuals to obtain help and support through a therapist.


With the help of a psychotherapist, it is possible for teens to learn more about what they feel, why they feel it, and what can be one about it. It is also possible to explore potential treatment options that may give your teen an ability to improve their quality of life. Waiting does not make it better and they will not outgrow it, but you can help them with treatment now. Work with one of the best psychotherapists in New York when you call our offices for an appointment.

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