Karen welcomes her sixth and final guest in her Expressive Arts series, Eliana Gil, to the show for the conclusion of their conversation about utilizing symbolism and metaphor in attachment based therapies.
Dr. Eliana Gil has been working in attachment, trauma, and child abuse prevention since the early 70s, Gil earned her doctorate in family therapy from the California Graduate School of Family Psychology. She did her Art Therapy training at George Washington University, and went on be a registered Play Therapy Supervisor, a registered Art Therapist, and a licensed Marriage, Family, Child Counselor.
Dr. Gil is the senior partner of the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, Virginia which provides therapy, consulting, and training services. The Institute includes the Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy, where Gil acts as director, provides training sessions on family play therapy and specialized therapy for youths who have experienced childhood trauma. She has written widely on the subject of child abuse, family play therapy, culturally informed play therapy, and related topics, and produced a series of educational videotapes in the area of psychotherapy.