Claira Ford, LPC, RPT

Claira Ford, LPC, RPT

(850)-322-6031
cford@gilinstitute.com

Claira is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and the District of Columbia and is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Claira holds a master’s degree in School Counseling from George Washington University and has 15 years’ experience working with children and adolescents. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Claira also has training in Trauma-Focused Integrative Play Therapy and several assessment models that include: Extended-Play Based Developmental Assessment and the Marshack Interactional Method. Additionally, she has completed Level 1 Theraplay--a play therapy method grounded in attachment theory that uses play between a child and their caregiver to support the development of secure attachments.

Before starting her practice at the GIL Institute, Claira worked in outpatient settings and in special education schools in the District and Virginia. She has extensive experience collaborating with the Department of Social Services and working with children in the foster care system. She specializes in working with children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, attachment disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and trauma histories.

As part of her practice, Claira incorporates expressive arts which can include art, sand tray, and play therapy. She believes that individuals of all ages have an innate capacity to move towards wholeness when given the right support and environment. Claira aims to work collaboratively with children and families to find their natural strengths and resources to find solutions and grow.