• Karen Doyle Buckwalter

Dr Eliana Gil: Working In the Trauma & Attachment Field

Karen Doyle Buckwalter welcomes Dr. Eliana Gil to the show to discuss her work and publications in the field of trauma and attachment.

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.


Other roles she has held include working as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech’s Family Therapy Department. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse. Gil is also a former president of the Association for Play Therapy.


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Dr. Eliana Gil Online

The Gil Institute

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