Psychotherapy in DC and Maryland

Compassionate Care for All Ages

Welcome! I provide individual psychotherapy for adults and a variety of therapeutic services for children and families. I am licensed to serve clients in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Therapy is a wonderful form of self-care. Whether you are in crisis or just feeling stuck, I strive to be an honest, accepting, and active partner in your journey to greater fulfillment.

Adult clients come to me when feeling stuck, anxious, or depressed. Others are coping with trauma, loss, relationship issues, postpartum and parenting struggles, or a major life change. Using a variety of psychodynamic, cognitive, trauma-informed, and somatic approaches, including EMDR and IFS, I help clients gain insight and self-acceptance, navigate life transitions from a position of strength, grow in relationships, and make meaning from loss. 

I also work with children and adolescents to address emotional, social, and behavioral issues, as well as family crises like separation/divorce, illness, and grief. I combine play therapy, which utilizes children’s natural means of self-expression, with cognitive behavioral techniques, to give children tools for adjusting to change, expressing feelings, regulating behavior, and gaining confidence. Parenting consultations are available for moms and dads who just want a little behind the scenes support in understanding, connecting to, and guiding their children. Overall, I strive to be a playful and accepting “teammate” to my youngest clients, while also providing parents with the support and tools they need to raise healthy children, while feeling fulfilled and effective themselves. 

Laelia Gilborn, LICSW

“Every therapist-client relationship is collaborative and unique. What I bring is warmth, honesty, intelligence, humor, and my confidence in your ability to find greater fulfillment.

As for you…just bring yourself.  No matter who you are, where you are on your journey, or what your concern, I will strive to create a safe and accepting space in which to explore and grow.”

How I Can Help?

Adult Therapy

Compassionate care for adults seeking change.

Child Therapy

Watch your child bloom.

Parenting Consultations

Solutions tailored to your unique family.

Virtual Therapy

A convenient option for the same quality of care.

A Word About Cultural Competence

I work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. It is my goal to be sensitive to clients whose backgrounds and identities differ from my own. I believe that this requires me to be a life-long learner, always seeking to practice from a stance of cultural respect and humility. That work is never done. All that said, I have only one lived experience: that of a white, straight, cis-gender woman. While I do not expect my clients to educate me, I am open to having my blindspots pointed out and to talking about differences in our identities. Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected in therapy settings and beyond.

In-Person Therapy & Virtual Therapy