About Me

I grew up in New York City, but have lived in D.C. for more than 25 years. I opened my private practice in Capitol Hill in 2013. When not working, I enjoy family and friendships, exercising, making delicious food, taking in art and music of all kinds, reading fiction, discovering new places/travel, and admiring Capitol Hill gardens while I walk my dog. I am a mother of two children, now nearing adulthood! As a mom of two “big” kids, I can say that I have enjoyed my children and their friends at all ages and phases.

More about my training and career

My first career was in international public health, during which I designed and evaluated programs related to reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, addressing HIV/AIDS-related stigma in healthcare settings, and caring for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. This work brought me to dozens of countries in Africa and Asia, where I collaborated primarily with local colleagues and experts.

When I had children of my own, I wanted to stay closer to home, and decided to pursue a degree in Clinical Social Work. Some of my first work experiences were at Children’s National Medical Center and The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, D.C., both of which felt like a natural progression from my public health career. Finally, after several years with Crossroads Family Counseling Center in Fairfax, Va., I opened my own private practice in Capitol Hill in 2013 and have been serving clients in Washington, D.C. and Maryland ever since.

My initial practice focused on children and families. Since then, my practice has expanded such that more than half of my clients are adult of all ages. I believe my understanding of child development, attachment, and family dynamics provide a wonderful foundation for adults, some of whom are still unraveling the impact of formative childhood experiences on patterns that trouble or mystify them as they mature into adulthood and adult relationships of all kinds. I truly enjoy my work with children and adults of all ages.


BA, Brown University
Master of Public Health, Tulane University
Master of Social Work, Catholic University of America

Advanced training

About Laelia Gilborn

I am committed to life-long learning in social justice and cultural humility. In addition, I strive to provide care that is trauma-informed, attachment-informed, and strengths-based.