Dr. Eliana Gil is a Founding Partner of The Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, LLC, a group private practice in Fairfax, Virginia. She is currently semi-retired and resides in Florida and Massachusetts where she provides consulting, supervision, and parent coaching online.

In addition, Dr. Gil sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Institute in Virginia in the spring, and she provides several trainings during the year through Starbright Training Institute in Virginia.

Eliana 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, a Level II Theraplay provider, and participated and completed a two-year individual certification process with Dr. Bruce Perry.

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), and she 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 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 and has several educational videotapes that feature her work available through Guilford Press, as well as a self-published videotape on Family Play Therapy. Her 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: prevention and treatment of childhood trauma; and utilizing expressive therapies to promote effective treatment. She is bilingual and bicultural, originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Eliana has four grandchildren under the age of fifteen.

Eliana Gil
Eliana on her Cancun 2023 Workshop

Hours and Dates

February 27 – March 3, 2023
9:00 am – 12:30 pm daily


Eliana Gil


DREAMS Jade Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico

2023 Rates

Super Saver rate valid thru September 19, 2022

USD$749 / CAD$974

Early Bird rate valid September 20 thru October 31, 2022

USD$849 / CAD$1,104

Regular rate starts November 1, 2022

USD$949 / CAD$1,234

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