“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”

—Shannon L. Alder

Emily Gordon

Emily Gordon

I became interested in the sex therapy field because I believe sexuality is a foundational aspect of our identity. I’ve seen firsthand how powerful and life-changing therapy can be, but I’ve also noticed that many aspects of sexuality are continually overlooked within the mental health field. Neglecting conversations about sexuality perpetuates the idea that sex and intimacy—essential aspects of our lives and identities—are not important. Sexuality is a crucial facet of our lives, and it needs to be part of the conversation so we can live more authentically and holistically.

I earned my Master of Social Work and Master of Education in human sexuality from Widener University, the leading clinical sexology program in the United States. This highly specialized training prepared me to work with a variety of sexuality concerns, including: sexual functioning, desire discrepancies, gender and sexual identity concerns, kink/BDSM, non-monogamy/polyamory, sexuality in the context of chronic illness and disability. I am a certified sexual assault counselor in Illinois, and a particular focus of my practice is supporting survivors of sexual trauma to reclaim intimacy and sexual expression.

My approach to therapy includes insight-oriented therapies, emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), feminist theory, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions. While it’s not uncommon for people to feel nervous beginning therapy, I am dedicated to creating a safe, warm, positive space where sensitive information can be shared and accepted. I value your unique experiences and strive to create a collaborative environment, where we identify and support your strengths as well as reach for desired change.

I am committed to working with the LGBTQ+ community and am passionate about assisting couples and individuals in navigating, honoring and accepting their sexual identities. I welcome all gender identities, sexual orientations, and relationship configurations.

Education and Credentials

  • MSW (Masters Degree in Social Work), Widener University
  • MEd (Masters Degree in Education in Human Sexuality), Widener University
  • LSW (Illinois Licensed Social Worker), #150-101850; under the clinical supervision of Amy Steinhauer, LCSW


To contact Emily, please call 847-425-1500, ext 2 or email emily@evanstonrelationalpsychotherapy.com.