Mission and Service Philosophy

Our Mission

Gil Institute is an evidence-based group private practice that provides trauma- and practice-informed mental health services to individuals, especially young children, who have endured traumatic experiences. Our specific goals are to empower clients to access reparative energy, to acknowledge and express their pain in a variety of verbal and nonverbal ways, and to reduce the power of a traumatic event or relationship, so that healthy choices become real options.

Our clinical staff is especially trained to work with children, families, and adults in individual, group, couples, or family therapy formats. In addition, our clinicians have ample familiarity with trauma-related issues such as attachment, emotional dysregulation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, and related symptoms such as self-injury, dissociation, eating concerns, loss issues and sexual behaviors. We remain conversant with the current literature on the subject of trauma and effective treatments, and we offer a holistic approach, sensitive to brain development, physical and somatic impact, as well as emotional, psychological, behavioral and social difficulties.

Our Philosophy

Our clinicians offer their young clients therapeutic approaches that are child-sensitive, developmentally appropriate and maintain sensitivity to gender-differences and gender variances. We believe that children have the innate capacity towards self-repair and are uniquely equipped with the capacity for mastery. Some children may need to be invited or encouraged toward mastery opportunities so integrated approaches may be needed.

Our clinical interests include a focus on guiding parents to utilizing attachment-building strategies that are widely recognized as effective (Theraplay and Circle of Security Parenting Program). In addition, we provide a range of expressive therapies to children and families, including sand, play, and art therapy that are purposefully applied to promote treatment goals.