Our Creative Therapies are forms of psychotherapy where multiple art modalities and expressive arts-based approaches are at the center of the healing process. These are based on the premise that “learning by making” with the help of a trained clinician, can help individuals re-connect with their inherent ability to self-heal and shape their own lives within a therapeutic relationship one-on-one or in groups. Foundational objectives in these therapies include creating spaces where individuals and groups can:
- experience safety
- grow in self-awareness
- engage in creative problem-solving
Expressive Arts therapists, who are also qualified psychologists, are trained mental health clinicians with the clinical experience to treat mild to severe issues with a proper multi-disciplinary team (psychiatrist, primary care physician, other therapists, other family members) including:
- mood disorders: depression, suicidality, bipolar
- anxiety disorders: OCD, selective mutism, panic disorders, social anxiety
- mental disorders
- behavioral issues
- developmental delays
- general problems with daily living; severe stress
- trauma: complex, developmental, PTSD
Maria Regina A. Alfonso, M.S.Ed., ATR-B.C.
Gina is an Art Therapist with over 20 years of combined experience in the clinical and education setting. She has worked in countries all over the world. She is currently doing her doctoral studies in Expressive Arts in Therapy, Education, Consulting, Conflict Resolution and Peace-building at the European Graduate School. She is also engaged in development and consulting to bridge the divide between education and mental health through the expressive arts.
Josefa Angelica L. Atayde, M.S., R-DMT
Joey is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. She finished her graduate studies in Dance/Movement Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. As a dance/movement therapist, she has worked with numerous individuals ranging from children with autism and developmental delays to adults with various mental illnesses such as depression, dementia and schizophrenia among others. In her work, she uses the body and movement as a form of psychotherapy and a way to integrate the mind, body and spirit which are interrelated.
Ma. Andrea Francesca C. Lagmay, M.A., ATR
Franchie is a graduate of MA Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore, as well as BFA Visual Communication from University of the Philippines, Diliman. She also practices as a Multidisciplinary Visual Artist, keeping balance between her own creative practices, as well as accompanying participants of Art Therapy in their own free expression.
PARTNER FACILITATORS AND VISITING FACILITATORS
Ernyros V. Manlangit, M.A.Ed.
Amos V. Manlangit is from Manila, Philippines. He is an educator and creative professional, having completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Masters Degree in Special Education at the University of the Philippines. He is a professor in the Fine Arts and Humanities in a Philippine college and a teacher to children and adults with special needs. Amos also serves as resource speaker/trainer for topics in education/special education and child development, creative thinking and innovation, resilience and personal leadership, emotions management and wellbeing.