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ELISABETH GORDON, M.D.
In my practice, I integrate a number 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 among others. I assess for the need for prescription psychiatric medications as well as for supplements, vitamins, and other non-prescriptive supports when appropriate. If needed, I can refer you to various practitioners, including western medical doctors and acupuncturists/ eastern medicine practitioners. 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-judgmental, 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. I am a sex positive, hetero/ vanilla/ kink/ poly/ LGBTQ/ and other aware and affirming therapist and have experience in treating sexual difficulties in all of these populations.
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/ poly.
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 since 2011, and I am a Clinical Instructor at NYU School of Medicine, with the Program in Human Sexuality.
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- American Medical Association
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychiatric Association Caucus on Alternative and Integrative Medicine (CAIM)
- International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
- International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM)
- Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)
- SSTAR Mentoring Program
- Society of Alumni of Bellevue Hospital, Executive Member
- NYU School Of Medicine
Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Human Sexuality Program
- Yale University School of Medicine
Curriculum Creator/ Consult, Yale Child Study Center
Presenter, original research in Sexual Health Education for Medical Education, Annual Meeting 2020
- Montefiore Medical Center
Guest Lecturer (Female Sexual Health), Department of Family Medicine
- Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
Consult for Grammar School Sexual Health Program
- "You Like It Like That: Pop Culture and Science Finally Care About Your Sexual Pleasure" by Wednesday Martin, Expert Consultant Pub: Refinery29, May 23rd, 2019
- "Salad With a Side of Fries: Lets Talk About Sex (Featuring Dr. Elisabeth Gordon)" Podcast Guest Speaker. November 27th, 2019