Abbie L. Loughran, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, brings a wealth of experience to the Center for NeuroWellness. Her extensive background includes working with patients of diverse ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and multicultural origins.
At our practice, Ms. Loughran provides outpatient psychotherapy to individuals managing mental illness, coping with loss and life challenges, and navigating the complexities of brain injury. Her journey with the Center for NeuroWellness began in 2016, following over seven years of dedicated service at Bellevue Hospital Center, a level one trauma center in New York City. During her tenure at Bellevue, Ms. Loughran was an integral part of an interdisciplinary team specializing in brain injury rehabilitation. She also had the responsibility of periodically covering the entire hospital and emergency room. Her work at Bellevue involved assisting patients and their families as they adjusted to life after injury or illness, coped with chronic mental health conditions, and embraced a “new normal.” Ms. Loughran honed her crisis counseling skills in a challenging environment where Bellevue treated patients with some of the most severe injuries and illnesses.
Additionally, Ms. Loughran has experience in private practice in New York City, where she offered psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults on a regular basis. Her diverse background allows her to connect effectively with patients from various walks of life.
Ms. Loughran earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Before pursuing a career in social work, she performed professionally and toured the country as a dancer, singer, and actress in a Broadway National Tour. She later returned to graduate school and graduated with honors, earning a Master of Social Work degree with a clinical concentration from Fordham University’s School of Social Services. Her foundation year field placement involved working in preventative childcare services and substance abuse counseling at the New York Foundling. In her second-year advanced field placement, she worked in Mount Sinai Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
Ms. Loughran employs Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help patients identify their individual needs and develop adaptive coping strategies to support their goals. She strongly believes in the importance of therapy in assisting individuals of all ages to cope with life’s changes and challenges while providing the tools necessary to be their best selves.
A member of the National Association of Social Workers, Ms. Loughran also holds the designation of Certified Clinical Supervisor with the state of New Jersey. After residing in New York City for 14 ½ years, she has returned to the Jersey Shore, where she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, indulging in reading, visiting the beach, and expressing her love for animals. Fun fact: Ms. Loughran’s signature color is red, and she delights in baking with her children.