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 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
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
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 wellbeing in children, women, and in the workplace; addressing sexual abuse and psychotrauma 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.
Patrick Gamo, MCouns
Patrick is a professional counsellor 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.