Running our clinical mental health services and psychosocial programs is a multi-disciplinary group of psychologists, expressive arts clinicians, psychotherapists and counselors, psychometricians, psychoeducators, and expressive arts facilitators. They are also supported by a team of artists and administrators to bring forward an advocacy for the healing impact of the expressive arts.
Maria Regina A. Alfonso, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Founder and Clinical Director
Gina is the lead convenor of Expressive Arts Philippines, and Founder and Director of MAGIS Creative Spaces. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Coaching, Consulting & Education, Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding at the European Graduate School in Switzerland; a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts, focused on Art Therapy from Lesley University in Boston, Massachusetts; and a Master of Science in Education from Fordham University. Gina has been an educator for 30 years, focused on early childhood and special education. She is also a licensed and board certified clinical professional art therapist, a trauma specialist, and expressive arts practitioner.
As a mental health clinician for 20 years working with individuals of all ages, including couples and families, she works in private practice and is an international education and mental health consultant developing preventive and rehabilitative programs for human service professionals who work with children and communities in vulnerable contexts. She was the lead developer of Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) Psychosocial Support Program at Save the Children, International where she was a lead global trainer and served countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Joey Atayde, M.S., R-DMT
Assistant Clinical Director for Expressive Arts
Joey is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. After practicing as a ballerina for 15 years, she pursued graduate studies at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she finished her Master of Science in dance/movement therapy.
As a dance/movement therapist, Joey has worked with numerous individuals ranging from children to seniors. Her clinical practice includes children with autism and developmental delays, adults with various mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, dementia, among others. Upon arriving in the Philippines in 2017, Joey has given talks and workshops about integrating dance/movement therapy into Filipino culture at the Ateneo de Manila School of Medicine, UP Philippine General Hospital, Brain Wellness Center at Asian Hospital & Medical Center, and at The Learning Child School.
Joey is a practicing clinician doing therapy with children and adults, runs various support groups and an expressive arts summer camp, and designs and facilitates training programs for various organizations including the East Asian Pastoral Institute, the Social Work Department of the University of Southern Philippines.
Fabrienne Calipara, MA, RPsy
Associate Clinical Psychologist
Fab is a licensed psychologist with a diverse range of experience with individuals, groups, and communities across all ages. She completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Santo Tomas in 2009, and has been in practice since then. Her work with children and adolescents revolves around dealing with trauma, abuse, emotional and behavioral issues, and working closely with schools to offer and co-develop educational programs and professional development to enhance psychosocial support for the community. She has also been a resource speaker and facilitator since 2006, specializing in topics of psychological well-being in children, women, and in the workplace; addressing sexual abuse and psycho trauma management; and skills training for psychologists and counselors.
Fab’s work includes treatment and therapy with the Kanlungan Sa Erma Ministry Foundation, case reviews and analysis for adoption with the RCWSG Committee of DSWD IV-B, and private practice primarily at MAGIS Creative Spaces. She has also worked as a training and workshop facilitator for the Employee Assistance Program at Human Dynamic, as a counselor and training specialist that spearheaded Stairway Foundation Inc – Manila’s Counseling Program, and as a crisis intervention worker at the Women’s Crisis Center.
Alyssa Dar Juan, RPm
Expressive Arts Facilitator
Alyssa is one of the Founders of FAM Mnl, a mental health advocacy organization. She is a licensed psychometrician and is completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at De La Salle University Manila.
Alyssa’s clinical experience includes working with people with anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and other mental health issues; being a crisis line responder, and facilitating expressive arts-based psychosocial support groups. She is also the Internship & Youth Advocacy coordinator at In Touch Community Services. Alyssa’s advocacy is centered on training for psychological first aid, and mental health and psychosocial support for the youth, youth carers, frontliners, and athletes.
Senior Expressive Arts Facilitator
Rainey is passionate about lifelong learning and delights in the joys of storytelling. She first taught Reading in English and Filipino to children of varying ages immediately after college. She then spent a year with the indigenous Tagbanua communities of Palawan, Philippines as a Jesuit Volunteer and has since dedicated her service to program development and resource development at Cartwheel Foundation, Inc., a local non-profit working towards culturally relevant education for Indigenous Peoples. Currently, she is on the Manila Steering Committee of the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines Foundation. She is also a lead Expressive Arts Facilitator and Trainer at MAGIS Creative Spaces focusing on support groups for teachers and staff development. She is a founding member of AHA Books and has authored several resilience-focused books for school-aged children. Among her involvements, her most exciting undertaking yet is being mother to her young sons, Ulap and Sinag.
John Vincent Felix, MA, RPm, RPsy
JV is a Full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Arts in Psychology major in Clinical Psychology degrees in the same university. Before being an educator, he was a Guidance Counselor at Mater Ecclesiae School and The Learning Child School. His love and commitment in helping children with mental health concerns motivated him to become a full-fledged Registered Psychometrician and Psychologist. Among his affiliations are the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), and Association of Education Researchers and Trainers (ASSERT) where he is a Board Member.
Princess Margaret Fuentes, RN
Princess graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation, Inc. in Pasay, and attained her professional license both in 2007. After working as an emergency nurse for two years, both in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, Princess pursued her passion for the arts back in the Philippines. Her interests in the arts and healthcare began to emerge as she developed her own practice as a painter and setting up Artventure PH, an art center that exists to provide art classes and creative services to mostly children and those with special needs. Her personal experiences as an artist and a healthcare worker has led her to pursue her Masters in Clinical Psychology at De La Salle University— Dasmariñas, while training to be an expressive arts facilitator and therapist at MAGIS Creative Spaces.
Senior Expressive Arts Facilitator
Bambi is an expressive arts practitioner, resource speaker, workshop facilitator and retreat director, completing her Master’s degree in Theology at the Divine Word School of Theology in Tagaytay City. She has facilitated values camps for elementary students and has conducted retreats and team-building workshops for both children and adults for various organizations. Bambi has been trained directly by expressive arts pioneers Paolo and Margo Knill, and in expressive arts trauma integration as part of MAGIS’ professional training of trainers. Bambi has been closely mentored as a trainer by board certified clinicians and has co-facilitated numerous workshops on self-care and psychosocial integration through arts-based approaches serving organizations such as the East Asian Pastoral Institute, the Asian Hospital Brain Wellness Center, the Philippine Heart Center, Cartwheel Foundation and the University of Southern Philippines.
Patrick Gamo, MCouns
Patrick is a professional counselor and psychotherapist who has worked with children and adults with behavioral, social, and psychological issues. After completing his Masters in Counselling as a scholar at Monash University, Australia, he returned to the Philippines and currently holds clinic at EMMAUS Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation, and MAGIS Creative Spaces.
Patrick is certified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mental Health First Aid, and Applied Suicide Intervention. Patrick’s advocacy for mental health has caused him to start Psych of Pat, which activates advocacy through psychoeducation.
Aimee Gonzaga, MA, RPsy
Aimee is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Clinical Psychologist from the Psychological Association of the Philippines. She has spent almost 17 years of her career working with various non-government organizations, and specializes in the treatment of trauma among children who have been victims of different forms of abuse. She also works with families and caregivers that provide family therapy services. She also handles varied psychological issues among adult clients in her private practice.
She acquired her Master’s Degree program in Clinical Psychology from University of Santo Tomas Graduate School in 2011. She is an affiliate member of various organizations including Philippine Association of Child and Play Therapy (PHILPLAY), Society of Filipino Family Therapist (SOFFT) and Psychological Association of the Philippines. She was also a part-time faculty in the Department of Psychology at Far Eastern University Manila. Aimee is also a consultant Psychologist of different NGOs and government agencies in their programs and intervention services for their clients.
A certified Yoga Therapist, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga teacher, Ivy conducts classes that integrate her insights from counseling experience to provide a safe space for anyone who would like to elevate their own well-being, and brings an embodied presence in her class that she hopes will help students befriend their bodies. Living by the philosophy of “compassion in action”, Ivy’s mission is to help underserved populations. This has inspired her to weave her knowledge in evidence-based and trauma-informed yoga therapy, stress management, mental health, addiction recovery, mindfulness and behavior change in the way she teaches.
She has completed modules on Chronic Illness, Cancer Care and Palliative Care with Wisdom Institute under the guidance of Chandrika Gibson (ND MWell C-IAYT). She is currently completing a trauma-informed yoga module with Mei Lai Swan of Yoga for Humankind while also studying a diploma course on Substance Use Intervention under the guidance of Verna Felipe in SPACE Benilde.
Franchie Lagmay, MA, ATR
Franchie is an Art Therapist registered with ANZACATA, and a professional Multidisciplinary Visual Artist. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Communication, and obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Art Therapy in LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore. Her work as a Creatives Associate at MAGIS allows her to collaborate to advocate mental health and reducing the stigma behind mental conditions and therapy.
With LASALLE’s program partnered and certified with Goldsmiths, University of London, Franchie is trained in Psychodynamic Art Psychotherapy, with a variety of clinical placements allowing her to work with clients and patients of all ages from different walks of life. In addition, with her continuing practice as a Multidisciplinary Visual Artist, she is also able to bring a holistic approach not only to her design work, but also to her therapeutic processes.
Vana Maron, RPsy
Vana is a registered psychologist and a part-time professor in various universities and colleges in Metro Manila, teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Her work in guidance counselling, HR, and the public sector has led her to work closely with different sectors of the community, especially those underprivileged. She works with children and adolescents dealing with psychological issues through individual consultations, and community-based advocacy for mental health awareness. Vana is a graduate of MA Psychology, major in Clinical Psychology, from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
Ina Nolasco, AthR
Ina is a registered art therapist with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and a registered counsellor with the Australian Counsellors Association (ACA). Since completing her Master of Art therapy in Western Sydney University, Ina has been actively supporting children and adults from diverse background through her practice as an art therapist.
Ina is a practicing artist and illustrator and had once upon a time had spread the joy of art-making and art as an art teacher.
Ina is currently based in Australia and through MAGIS Creative Spaces has been supporting her fellow Filipinos’ mental well-being through online art therapy sessions.
Marie Therese Ocampo-Rigor, MA, RPsy
Therese is a licensed psychologist who specializes in counseling and psychotherapy for neurotypical adolescents and young adults. She has a diverse range of experience with clients’ individual concerns ranging from work- or school-related stress, interpersonal challenges, to symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. She is currently seeing clients through Magis Creative Spaces and her private practice. She is also a volunteer in the government’s Mental Health E-Konsulta program. Therese completed her MA in Psychology, concentration in Counseling Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2017. In the same year, she also took the Psychologist’s Board Exam and placed as the 7th top-notcher. She has been a practicing psychologist since then.
Therese is a passionate mental health advocate. She puts this to practice whenever she facilitates talks on Mental Health Awareness for different audiences and in how she handles her classes as a part-time faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Psychology. She also participates in research projects to contribute to the knowledge and evidence-based interventions in the field of psychology. She hopes that these efforts will lead to a deeper understanding of mental health, less shame in seeking professional help, and more compassion towards mental health concerns.
Marinela Paulino, MAP, RPsy
Mariel is a registered psychologist who obtained her Master of Arts in Psychology from Southville International School and Colleges, where she also currently works as a college guidance counselor and faculty member of the Psychology Department. As a member of the Rotary Club of Sunvalley Sunrise, she has also taken part in projects such as Psychological First Aid training and psychosocial interventions in Tacloban and within the Rotary community.
Josephine Samudio, RPsy
Jophie is a registered psychologist and faculty member of National Teachers College in Manila. She graduated from B.S. Psychology at Far Eastern University, and completed her Masters in Psychology, majoring in Clinical Psychology, at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. She is also trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction. In her free time she enjoys playing badminton, reading, playing guitar, practicing mindfulness meditation.
As a clinician, Jophie mostly handles adolescents and adult clients with mental disorders, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and personality disorders with issues regarding self-worth, relationships, and family concerns. She uses integrated techniques in therapy but mainly uses mindfulness techniques in all her clients to maintain awareness and attention in the present moment.
Coeli San Luis
Coeli is a multi-faceted creative storyteller, facilitator, singer-songwriter, an advocate of music and the arts for healing and wellness. She was an apprentice of Anthroposophic music therapist from Germany, Stephan Kuhne in 2013. Her passion for music also extended to children as she was also a formerly trained Teacher under Musikgarten, an early childhood music center. She also studied Music Education at the University of Santo Tomas, underwent workshops on the Kodaly Method, Dalcroze Eurythmics, and Creative Music Teaching. She was also part of Ryan Cayabyab’s ELEMENTS National Singing Songwriting Camp, working with big local music industry heroes. From there, she bloomed further as a musician and innovator, creating music as she advocates for healing and the importance of one’s holistic well-being, with her debut EP, “HERE TODAY”. She has given numerous talks and performances over the years, including her own TEDxTalk on music and mental health. She is now an Expressive Arts facilitator at MAGIS Creative Spaces, where she continues to hold space for people through music and the arts.
Jill is a co-facilitator for expressive arts psychosocial programs, integrating psychological and expressive arts-based methods in psychosocial support. Jill is a psychologist in training, completing her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at De La Salle University, Manila. She has also had training in Virlanie Foundation, Inc. and in Divine Mercy Psychiatric Facility.
Jill is also an entrepreneur and Co-Founder of FAM Mnl, a personal advocacy that turned into a business for social impact. FAM Mnl aims to end the stigma around mental health. By raising awareness, the FAM team aspire to create a platform that would encourage people to openly talk about their mental illness, connect with people, seek treatment and even save lives.
Gia Umil, RPm
Gia is a registered psychometrician who finished BA Psychology at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Passionate about mental health, her enthusiasm for the arts as an instrument for healing grew in the internship program at MAGIS. The internship led to a role in Programs and Research, where Gia was involved in various psychosocial programs as a co-facilitator and coordinator. Gia has also been practicing yoga for the last 8 years, and integrates knowledge of this practice in co-facilitating workshops on self-care for groups of all ages. She is currently taking up her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at De La Salle University, Manila, and remains engaged with MAGIS as a program designer and co-facilitator for expressive arts psychosocial programs, integrating psychological and expressive arts-based methods in psychosocial support.
Rea Villa, RPsy
Rea is a registered psychologist and faculty member at Southville International Schools and Colleges where she also obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology. Aside from individual therapy services, her experience includes administering assessments, facilitating workshops and seminars, and conducting research. Her background in athletics also highlights her passion for personal development and social change through education, the empowerment of the youth through sport, and activating communities for social impact.