The Gil Institute clinicians offer a variety of assessment and therapy services designed to create a safe environment for individuals, children, couples, and families to process past traumas, receive holistic treatment, and work towards a successful future. Our clinical staff is specially trained to work with children, families, and adults in individual, group, couples, or family therapy formats.Book An Intake
Clinicians will select the appropriate treatment approaches to promote therapy goals. Clinicians are well prepared to shift from non-directive to directive modalities as needed.
Assessments gauge the emotional and psychological state of an individual to provide a picture of the way a person thinks, feels, reasons, and remembers. They are an important tool in determining what kind of support is needed. At the Gil Institute, licensed clinicians conduct comprehensive assessments that can include: interviews with referring agencies; meetings with current caregivers to obtain social/developmental history; and reviews of collateral information from school, daycare, prior psychologists or mental health professionals, medical personnel, etc. Clinicians meet with children and youth to engage them in a process of becoming increasingly comfortable with the setting and clinician.
Mental health is an essential part of overall health.
The Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education provides a variety of treatment options. We believe that individuals have natural reparative strategies that allow them to overcome tremendous adversities and still find creative ways to self-soothe and move forward. In our approach with children, we believe that developmental age, gender, culture, and family context, all play a part in how stressors are experienced and processed. For this reason, all of our services are family-focused and clinical collaboration with a client’s other sources of support are actively maintained. This includes cooperative approaches with parents, professionals, and/or school personnel, when clinically appropriate.
Therapists co-create treatment plans with clients in order to ensure that identified problems are addressed in a timely fashion. Depending on the theoretical approach, therapists may utilize a wide range of directive or less directive ways to help their clients. Most psychotherapists meet weekly with clients, while others may meet more frequently. Most psychotherapy occurs in a mental health professional’s office while some therapy is provided via Telehealth (Virtual therapy). Individual therapy can be provided to adults, teenagers, and young children. However, play therapy is preferred by most professionals who work with young children because it is considered helpful in engaging in meaningful interactions and processing traumatic experiences.
Gil Institute clinicians recognize the hardships of adverse developmental stressors that often seem to temporarily overwhelm a person’s ability to cope. We also understand that early injuries can impair a person’s social, behavioral, and emotional functioning in many ways. We believe that individuals have natural reparative strategies that allow them to overcome tremendous adversities and still find creative ways to self-soothe and move forward. It is important to achieve some form of closure on traumatic experiences so that they don’t interfere with current or future functioning. The primary goal of trauma work is to facilitate a process of re-establishing personal power and control. This means defusing and mediating traumatic impact over time so it’s viewed as an event, not a definition of self.