Emily Dawson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist

Emily Dawson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is a compassionate and supportive in-office and online therapist in Chicago who specializes in the treatment of young adults, adults, and partners who struggle with eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, trauma, gender identity, LGBTQ issues, sexuality issues, relationship issues, and general life stressors.

About Emily

Emily’s approach to therapy is collaborative and empathic. Emily believes that people are doing the best they can to manage the challenges they face. She uses a strengths based approach to create new and more adaptive tools and coping skills to manage life’s challenges. Emily’s approach is informed by evidence based practices such as EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Narrative Therapy.

​Emily holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. While in school, Emily completed internships at Center on Halsted and Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. Prior to entering private practice, Emily worked at Eating Recovery Center in Chicago in the residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs where she treated adults with eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-injury in individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy settings.

A Note From Emily

I decided to become a therapist because I think people are pretty amazing, and it’s my honor to hear your stories, and my joy to assist you on your path. My favorite thing in the world is supporting others, and helping people find their power within. My therapy style is best described as warm, affirmative, and humorous.

In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and friends, do something artsy, tackle a mountain of home improvement projects, and read, read, read.

While her office is located in downtown Chicago next to Millenium park for in-person sessions, she also welcomes and serves clients for online therapy from anywhere in Illinois. Clients from the Chicagoland area may choose in-office or online therapy and usually commute from surrounding areas such as River North, South Loop, West Loop, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown and many more.