Gill is a psychological therapist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in Edinburgh specialising in the treatment of adults who have developed traumatic stress reactions. She is involved in training and research in the UK and internationally, and has a particular interest in work with emergency service personnel and other staff with occupational exposure to potentially traumatic stressors.
Gill began her professional career in 1991 as a child and family social worker and team manager in Central Regional Council with a special interest in work with survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence and child sexual abuse. In 1996 she was involved in the immediate response to the shootings at Dunblane Primary School and in the establishment of the Dunblane Support Centre where she worked for the next five years. Since then she has specialised in the treatment of children and adults affected by trauma, completing psychotherapy training in CBT and EMDR. She was coordinator of the CAMHS Child Sexual Abuse service in NHS Lothian prior to joining the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in June 2002.
Gill is the lead clinician for all of the Rivers Centre’s external contracts and manages the services The Rivers Centre provides to a number of Scottish Police and Fire services, the Scottish Ambulance Service, City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Jury Service. She has developed a “Buddy” model of peer support for police firearms officers and has also developed resources for the friends and family of Rivers Centre clients, establishing a group model of support for adult and child “supporters”. She provides supervision to staff working in the CAMHS CSA team and EMDR supervision to a wide range of NHS colleagues.
Gill is currently a Consultant to the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Team and is leading the production of national Guidance on Psychosocial and Mental Health Care following major incidents. She is also working with the Scottish Government to develop a model for improving the assessment and management of trauma reactions in primary care.
Gill was a founder member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and was Secretary for two years before becoming Treasurer in 2012. She is a member also of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) Uniformed Services Task Force and joined the DART Board in 2012.