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ELISABETH GORDON, M.D.
I graduated cum laude with a BA from Johns Hopkins University, where I majored in the then new concentration of Behavioral Biology. After further research in the neurological basis of behavior at NYU Langone Medical Center, I attended NYU School of Medicine, where I obtained my MD, followed by psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Hospital. I was first trained in sexual medicine in residency, and went on to pursue further training, completing the Training Program in Human Sexuality at NYU School of Medicine.
I have been in private practice for 6 years, and I am a Clinical Instructor at NYU School of Medicine, with the Program in Human Sexuality.
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Clinical Instructor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
- American Medical Association
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychiatric Association Caucus on Alternative and Integrative Medicine (CAIM)
- Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)
In my practice, I integrate a wide variety of complementary treatment techniques, from a variety of talk therapies and standard sex therapy, to examination of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle habits, and the teaching of mindfulness and meditative techniques. I also make recommendations for supplements, vitamins, and other non-prescriptive as well as prescriptive medication when appropriate. If needed, I can refer you to practitioners of holistic, homeopathic, and eastern medicine, and to western medicine health care providers. Most importantly, whether you are seeing me for mood or other issues or for sex therapy, I tailor each treatment to you as an individual and to your specific problems.
In all my treatments, I believe the goal is optimal and balanced mental health and wellness, not just the elimination of the troubling symptom(s). To do this, the starting point is the relationship between the patient and the therapist. I provide a warm, calm, open, non-judgemental, and culturally sensitive environment in which to explore what may be troubling you. Only when you are comfortable, heard, supported, and understood can you begin to focus on what changes may be necessary to achieve your own end goals.
I also believe that the body, mind, relationships, and environment are all factors that influence mental health and behaviors. It is important to explore all of these to be able to understand how they interact to create or perpetuate your troubling symptoms. This is why I focus my treatment on talk therapy, not just on providing medication management. But to provide complete treatment, it is not enough to just fix the presenting issue; I help you achieve a healthy mindset and lifestyle, so you will be better positioned to prevent a re-occurrence of the symptoms, have a greater capacity to address any new problems that may arise, and be more likely to achieve fulfillment, health, and happiness in the long term.
Sexuality is an essential component of our identity and a key element of our intimate relationships. When you are able to optimally perform sexually, and the sex is good, it can create a sense of well-being and happiness for yourself and increase satisfaction in your relationships. Unfortunately, when you have difficulty experiencing joy in your sexual encounters, it can have negative repercussions.
As an MD who specializes in sex therapy, I am uniquely positioned to treat your sexual issues, understanding both the psychological causes and the potential physical components that can contribute. Not only do I provide psychological sex therapy, but I am able to help clarify whether there may be health or medication related issues impacting your specific problem and to work with your other physicians to help correct these.
In our therapy I work with you to help you get from where you are sexually to where you want to be. To do this, I employ an integrative approach, working with you to understand you as a whole person, and treat your sexual issue as part of your life and experiences, not as an isolated issue. This treatment approach works equally well for individuals as for couples.