Gil Institute

We are a trauma-focused group private practice that provides integrated assessment and treatment services that offer an array of specialized services that incorporate expressive therapies.

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Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, LLC, is a group private practice with trained clinicians who provide mental health services that include evidence-based practices as well as other approaches based on theory, science, literature, and best practice guidelines. Gil Institute has a strong commitment to individualized and developmentally-sensitive assessments that inform the creation of structured and goal-oriented treatment plans. Clinicians recognize the importance of the expressive therapies to facilitate affective discharge, to increase communication, and to process difficult traumatic experiences. In addition, each client is viewed as unique and diverse with reference to race, ethnicity and culture, gender, and systemic variables. Treatment is provided within a multidisciplinary context to promote the best interests of each child client and his or her family, and to establish, facilitate, or enhance children’s attachment to significant others.

Trauma-focused services are those that prioritize helping individuals resolve the short- and long-term effects of childhood trauma and restore personal control, relational health, and an improved sense of competency and positive self-regard. Within this focused approach, unresolved traumatic experiences are viewed as underlying contributors to a wide range of symptoms, problems, and concerns. In addition, trauma-focused therapists recognize that resolving traumas require the establishment of safety and trust in the therapy relationship, which typically precedes a period of direct attention to past traumatic experiences and their impact. The goal of trauma-focused work is to help clients reverse negative effects by learning to cope differently and explore reparative strategies and behaviors. With a strong grounding in trauma theory, clinicians carefully guide clients to understand the idioysincratic impact of trauma on their lives so that they can begin to make changes that result in feelings of empowerment and a renewed sense of optimism and hope for a safe and rewarding future.

Gil Institute serves as a model for those seeking to provide quality mental health services to children and families in which childhood trauma has occurred. As founder, partner, and Senior Clinical Consultant at Gil Institute, I have created and implemented a number of assessment and treatment approaches and protocols that are now expertly delivered by a dedicated group of mental health professionals. A more in-depth description of these services can be found on Gil Institute is known for its excellence and innovation. More specifically, we continuously assess community needs, and provide services to meet them. We identify referral patterns and trends and seek to respond with sensitive and well thought out services. We provide an integrated therapy approach in which child, dyadic, group, and family services are provided and we promote the integrity of the family whenever possible and in the best interest of the child.

We also highly value positive attachments between family members, and most particularly between parent and child. Toward that end, our staff has been trained in two effective attachment programs: Theraplay and Circle of Security Parent Education. These approaches serve as a foundation for other services that might include CBT, expressive therapies, Filial Therapy, and Family Play Therapy.

Expressive therapies are widely recognized for their role in treating traumatic experiences, particularly with young or resistant children, youth, or adults. Art, play, and sand therapies allow individuals to express their worries, fears, and concerns through images and symbols and these approaches are viewed as appropriate since they do not rely on verbal communication.
Clinicians are attentive to the emergence of post-traumatic play and they provide careful observation in order to encourage the positive intent of this play, designed to allow children gradual exposure to traumatic memories. In addition, clinicians will recognize negative patterns in this play and facilitate a more useful process to avoid retraumatization and to promote reflection and the acquisition of accurate meaning.