"This is an exciting time to be a professional in the field of child maltreatment. Talented, responsible clinicians and researchers are doing more and more impressive work---and there is much yet to learn. Never before has there been such a large group of interested professionals advancing theories and approaches in order to help abused and traumatized children. Each approach seems to have its own merits, and scientific data are increasingly guiding our understanding of treatment effectiveness. I am committed to observe, learn, and study so that I can best assist my clients.


Dr. Eliana Gil is semi-retired and providing consultation and supervision via phone and internet.  She continues as Founding Partner and Senior Clinical Consultant with Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education (GITRE), a group private practice in Fairfax, Virginia (www.gilinstitute.com).  GITRE specializes in the assessment and treatment of childhood trauma and provides an integrated treatment approach for children and families.  Dr. Gil is Director of Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy where she provides three and four-day trainings on family play therapy and specialized therapy with youth (and their families) who experience childhood trauma. In the last decade Eliana has directed two child sexual abuse treatment programs in Northern Virginia (Inova Kellar Center and Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia) and she has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for the last forty years.

Dr. Gil currently provides a limited number of trainings and has cut back travel significantly with the exception of providing trainings at GITRE as well as sponsoring a Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Conference (this year June 9-11, 2015 in Arlington, VA - for more information go to www.playtherapytraining.org). She is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Registered Art Therapist, and a licensed Marriage, Family, Child Counselor who received her doctorate in family therapy from the California Graduate School of Family Psychology in San Rafael, California. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse. She is also a former President of the Association for Play Therapy.  In the last two years, Dr. Gil completed a two-year individual certification process in the Neurosequential Model of Therapy.  Dr. Gil is also a Certified Parent Education for Circle of Security (www.circleofsecurity.com).  In 2012, Dr. Gil received the Association for Play Therapy's Lifetime Achievement Award and has received honors from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children as well as the American Academy of Family Therapy.

Her most recent books are Termination issues in child therapy (with Dr. David Crenshaw) as well as the Second Edition of Play in Family Therapy, and Treating children with sexual behavior problems (with Dr. Jennifer Shaw).  In addition, Dr. Gil is the author of many other books, including Helping abused and traumatized children: Integrating directive and non-directive approaches and Helping Children Heal from Interpersonal Trauma: The Power of Play, Cultural issues in play therapy (with Dr. Athena Drewes); Treating abused adolescents; Systemic Treatment of Families who Abuse; The healing power of play; Play in family therapy; and Sexualized children: Assessment and treatment of sexualized children and children who molest (with Dr. Toni Cavanagh Johnson). Several of her books have been translated to other languages, including Spanish.  Dr. Gil also ollaborated with Dr. Jennifer Shaw to co-author a book for children called "A kid's book about touching, touching problems, and other stuff."

Dr. Gil is a well-known lecturer, author, and clinician. She is bilingual and bicultural, originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Dr. Gil conducts intensive trainings through Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy in Northern Virginia. Eliana has four smart, attractive, sweet, and playful grandchildren, two boys and two girls.





Our areas of expertise include:

Art Therapy
Play Therapy
Sand Therapy
Family Play Therapy
Doll-house play
Puppet Stories
Filial Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy


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