Eliana Gil is a Founding Partner of Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, a group private practice in Fairfax, Virginia. Now semi-retired, Eliana splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts where she provides online consulting, supervision, and parent coaching. In the spring, she sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Institute in Virginia, and she provides several trainings during the year through Starbright Training Institute in Virginia.
Dr. Gil is an Approved MFT Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and Registered Art Therapist. She is also a Circle of Security Certified Parenting Educator and a Level II Theraplay provider. In the last two decades, Eliana has directed two child sexual abuse treatment programs in Northern Virginia (Inova Kellar Center and Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia).
Eliana has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for the last 49 years. She is 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 is also a former President of the Association for Play Therapy and received APT’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Dr. Gil has written numerous materials on child abuse and related topics. She has many educational videotapes that feature her work available through Guilford Press. She also has a self-published videotape on Family Play Therapy. Eliana’s most recent books are Post-Traumatic Play in Children: What Clinicians Should Know, Family Play Therapy (2nd Ed.), and Termination Issues in Child Psychotherapy (with Dr. David Crenshaw). She has many other publications, some of which have been translated to other languages, including Spanish.
Eliana Gil is a well-known lecturer, author, and clinician who has two passions: the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma; and utilizing expressive therapies to promote effective treatment. She is bilingual and bicultural, originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador.