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Dr. Gillian Binnie, PsyD

My clinical specialties include:

  • Little kids with big feelings

  • Adoption/Foster issues

  • Child/adolescent anxiety or depression

  • Trauma-focused CBT for kids/teens

  • Psychological testing

Training & Experience

I earned my Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. During my graduate training, I worked with children and families at several mental health agencies in Southern California including the Child & Family Guidance Center, Department of Mental Health Specialized Foster Care, and Harbor UCLA’s Pediatric and Child Assessment track. I worked with children, adolescents, and adults with trauma histories and other challenging life circumstances. I provided treatment and assessment for individuals with a wide array of clinical presentations including depression, anxiety, trauma, developmental delays, and family relationship dynamics. I completed my American Psychological Association (APA) accredited pre-doctoral residency at The Guidance Center, where I provided treatment to families (individual, family and parenting coaching treatment) conducted psychological assessments, and provided medical consultation at Miller’s Children’s & Women’s Hospital.  As of August 2022, I will complete my Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA TIES for Families, where I provided services (assessment, individual therapy, family therapy, parent coaching and group therapy for children and adults) to a population of families with adopted (or working towards adopting) children. My fellowship allowed me the opportunity to receive additional training in the assessment and treatment of infant mental health.  I am certified to provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Philosophy & Style

My therapeutic approach is informed by person-centered and relational practices with strong values in cultural humility. I aim to create a collaborative relationship with families where empathy and compassion serve as the foundation for active and direct interventions. I am passionate about empowering client’s voices to share their lived experiences and encourage reflection and feedback as part of the therapy.

I strive to create a therapeutic space shaped by the needs of the individual and family as my experience has taught me the importance of understanding people in their context. I utilize evidence-based treatments (like Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy interventions) while staying grounded in understanding the unique needs of each family to support them reaching goals of emotional regulation, relationship enhancement and life satisfaction. I believe in the importance of involving parents and other helping adults in a child’s treatment to support best outcomes for the family as a whole.   

Dr. Gillian is working towards obtaining her CA psychologist license.

She has over 6000 hours of clinical experience!

We anticipate she will receive her license in Fall of 2022.

In the meantime, she works under the supervision of Dr. Bethany Vaudrey (PSY28607)