• Treatment Philosophy

    Gil Institute is a community of professionals dedicated to providing research-informed,
    trauma-focused treatment to children, adolescents, and adults.

  • Trauma Recovery Services

    Gil Institute offers a variety of treatment approaches, modalities,
    and services. We can provide individual, group, couples, family
    and specialized parent-child therapies that focus on establishing
    or enhancing relationships.

  • Services for Children

    Gil Institute offers a variety of treatment approaches, modalities,
    and services. We can provide individual, group, couples, family
    and specialized parent-child therapies that focus on establishing
    or enhancing relationships.

  • Trauma Specialists

    Learn About Our Staff

    View detailed biographies of our founding partners,
    therapists, interns and residents.

    trauma specialists
  • Our Space

    Fairfax, VA

    See pictures and watch a guided tour of our facility.

  • Educational Services

    Starbright Training Institute

    Learn about our training, eductional and consultation services.

    Educational Services

July 2021: Reopening of in-person visits

As of July 1, 2021 our mental health therapists will begin to gradually transition from virtual to in-person sessions. These decisions are being made through dialogue between therapists and their clients, and clients have a choice of how they wish services to be obtained. Our therapists will have a hybrid model of providing both in-session and virtual appointments, pinpointing the type of services necessary for clients on a case by case basis.

The office has been prepared carefully to receive the public. Most especially, we have guidelines and protocols for wearing masks, for dropping off children, for where parents should wait, for air circulation, sanitation, and maintaining the most healthy and safe environment we can provide.

Please contact our Intake Coordinator, Malvolia Gregory, to discuss your options and to learn about our safeguards and policies. Our therapists are eager to return to play therapy environments that might allow children to deepen their therapy work. In addition, some child and adult clients will have the option to continue utilizing telehealth.


Unique Aspects of Our Approach

One of the distinguishing features of our clinical private practice is our willingness to be truly integrative of evidence-based approaches as well as promising trends that maximize our potential to be helpful to our clients.


To be truly integrative is challenging in that clinicians require ongoing exposure to continuing education in the literature, workshops, conferences, and specialized trainings. You will see that commitment reflected in the brief biographical information related to our therapists, as well as the incorporation of programs such as Theraplay, Circle of Security Parenting Groups, and HEARTS.


Gil Institute advocates for developmentally-appropriate services to young children, youth, and adults and utilize the expressive therapies (art, play, sand) to provide alternate forms of communication and expression.


Our therapists highly value opportunities for clients to reflect on their work and to achieve shifts in perception which are well facilitated through the expressive arts within an anchored therapy relationship.

Home page Expressive Arts
Expressive therapies invite, allow, and encourage externalizing of concerns through images and symbols, which can then be explored, felt, given voice, and eventually integrated.  Through this  process, traumatic memories can be acknowledged, managed in more adaptive ways, and transformed. The end result is that pain subsides, control is restored, and hope is activated for the future.  


We also commit to anti-racist actions as we advocate and provide mental health services to our diverse community. We are allies in support of equity, social justice reform, peaceful protests, and safe and just police responses. BLACK LIVES MATTER to us and we will be part of changes designed to dismantle institutional racism, one institution at a time. In this way, we will begin to meet the promises made throughout history, outstanding promises, not yet realized. As an organization whose primary purpose is to ameliorate childhood trauma and its impact, we recognize that racist actions and words can be traumatizing and cause black and brown people to feel oppressed, marginalized, and helpless.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.” John Lewis

"Only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued can we start to get a full picture of the world: who we serve, what they need, and how to successfully meet people where they are. Daring leaders fight for the inclusion of all people, opinions, and perspectives because that makes us all better and stronger. That means having the courage to acknowledge our own privilege and staying open to learning about our biases and blind spots. It is also listening, centering, and honoring stories that reflect experiences that are different than our own. Courage is listening, learning, unlearning, knowing when to lead, and knowing when to let others lead." Brenee Brown

Helping to recognize the continued need to ensure racial freedom and equality

For 155 years Juneteenth has commemorated the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19 because on that date in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas and informed enslaved individuals that the Civil War had ended, and that the institution of slavery had been abolished. Granger's announcement came more than two years after former President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.