Quinn Smelser, MA, NCC, RPT

Quinn is currently practicing under the supervision of Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S. Quinn is a second-year doctoral student in counseling at The George Washington University and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas working on transferring licensure to Virginia. She is also a Registered Play Therapist and National Certified Counselor.  While working towards her licensure in Virginia, she is very excited to provide her experience while learning from her new colleagues at Gil Institute.

Quinn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas State University. Her primary background includes work with military families in a residential treatment center for children and adolescents who experienced trauma.  She also worked as a counselor for at-risk youth in rural Texas and in hospice care where she counseled youth and families who were experiencing traumatic grief and loss as well as clients in care of hospice.

Quinn is a registered animal-assisted therapist and was a practitioner for a study examining the use of canine-assisted play therapy for children and adolescents working through grief. She is currently training with a new canine practitioner who should be ready for therapy by Spring 2017.

She presents at conferences nationally on issues relating to ethical practice, LGBT and gender identity, grief and loss, and spirituality. Quinn lives in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Play Therapy, Chi Sigma Iota, and a volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign.