Elaine Gordon, AM, LCSW, CADC, ACT (She/her)

Student Placement Coordinator-Lakeview Office

Values: Justice, Growth, Flexibility, Connection, Genuineness

My approach to therapy includes compassion, humor, and authenticity. I am a solution-focused therapist with a collaborative, non-judgmental, and client-centered approach to treatment. I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their challenges and make progress towards creating meaningful and sustainable changes in their lives.

I have over 15 years of experience working with diverse adult populations in a variety of settings including private practice, outpatient substance use treatment, community mental health, and criminal justice facilities. I specialize in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. In addition to my clinical work at DASC, I coordinate the graduate student training program, as well as provide clinical supervision to graduate students in training and to staff.

I utilize and adapt empirically validated treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. I am committed to lifelong learning and ongoing professional consultation.

Education: The Colorado College, BA in Sociology, The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Master of Arts in Clinical Social Work

Certifications: Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ACT)

In My Free Time: I love being outdoors, whether that’s running, cycling, hiking, exploring nature, or playing with my nieces and nephews. Traveling makes me happy! Some of my favorite trips include Argentina, Australia, and hiking and camping at the Grand Canyon. I have the privilege of serving as a mentor to a resilient young woman, who I initially met almost 20 years ago through a mentoring program at Horizons for Youth. I am passionate about dedicating my time to organizations in the city of Chicago who are doing important work for those in need.

Insurance accepted: BCBS PPO, BCBS Blue Choice PPO, Aetna PPO, Optum, Medicare, Tricare, Sliding Scale when Applicable

Elaine Gordon-Student Placement Coordinator


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