Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation

3/F Spiritual-Pastoral Center (CEFAM)
Seminary Drive
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: (02) 928 6040
(02) 426 6001 loc. 4875

Psychotherapy and Counseling

Josephine (Jopie) Z. Callejo

AB Psychology, University of the Philippines

MA Counseling Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

I believe in psychotherapy and counseling that essentially anchors itself in compassionate accompaniment. I have worked with religious priests, brothers, sisters and lay people who struggle to recover from the devastating effects of childhood abuse (sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual) for the past 12 years with the basic goal of accompanying them individually in moving from being a "victim, to survivor and to being empowered" individuals. I use the framework of Judith Herman, M.D. in managing trauma victims, ensuring that the important stages, e.g. providing for safety, allowing space for their stories and feelings expression through art work, journal writing, grief and loss work, inner child healing work; learning processes to identify , own and utilize inner and external resources and learning life skills, to reframe past life experiences and self concepts and to be empowered to make free choices; to reconnect oneself to life giving forces gently into their present life concerns and goals, and relationships.

I also provide psychological testing for those in initial formation to identify psychological strengths and areas of growth towards religious life; for those showing clinical symptoms to plan for counseling goals, psychotherapeutic interventions; and those preparing for vocation discernment.

Christian Irving C. Cayetano

Doctor of Medicine, St. Luke's College of Medicine-WHQM

General Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, The Medical City

Diplomate, Philippine Board of Psychiatry

I believe that psychological and emotional problems may be more devastating than physical illness. While physical illness is regarded as an “illness”, psychological and emotional problems are usually regarded as a weakness in character and, therefore, trivialized and not given much importance. This belief can also be a reason why some may suffer silently for fear that they would be laughed at or ignored.

I have chosen the field of Psychiatry among the other specialties of Medicine because this is the only specialty that focuses on the mind and the emotions. When other doctors would focus on physical symptoms and spend an average of 15 minutes with you, I would focus on what goes on in your mind and on what you are feeling and spend an average of 50 minutes with you.

For therapy to be effective, honesty and trust between the therapist and the client is very important. Confidentiality would be respected. You can expect me to listen to you, observe your facial expression and body language, and ask questions. It is important that I get to know you as a person before I can be of help. During therapy, you can talk about anything that is of concern to you. You can talk about what is going on inside your mind, what you are feeling, whether they be positive or negative thoughts and feelings.

Another ingredient for a successful therapy would be your desire and motivation to know yourself better and go through the therapy process. I would be your guide and support as you go through your therapy.

I have worked with people with a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mania, delusions, hallucinations and relational problems.

My overall goal is to help you increase your self-awareness, discover your strengths, and learn how to tolerate frustrations in life.

Inge V. del Rosario

A.B. Interdisciplinary Studies, Ateneo de Manila University

M.A. Theological Studies, Ateneo de Manila University

Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Blanton-Peale Institute, New York

Certificate in Psychoanalytic Supervision, Object Relations Institute, New York

Certificate in Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions,
William Alanson White Institute, New York

D.Min. Psychology and Pastoral Theology, Andover Newton Theological School

Licensed in Psychoanalysis, New York State, USA

What might bring you to seek psychoanalytic psychotherapy? You may have a specific emotional concern, such as depression, anxiety, identity issues, addiction or stress, or may need help in coming to terms with a distressing past, a painful loss or a traumatic experience. You may feel empty or stuck in distressing life patterns that prevent you from feeling satisfied, connecting to others in relationship, or finding meaning in your life. You may simply desire personal growth and insight, greater self-understanding, creativity and fulfillment in your life. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help you become more aware of the way you are in the world, how it affects how you feel about yourself and others, and aims to help you live in a way that is emotionally reflective rather than emotionally reactive.

I will meet with you in a confidential and private 45-minute session on a weekly basis. I usually do not begin the conversation nor do I set the agenda. The session may seem unstructured and you may find I do not try to give advice or solve your problems. This is to allow you to feel free to say whatever is on your mind, to speak openly, and to share whatever experiences, stories, memories, thoughts, feelings, images, dreams, wishes, fantasies, sensations you might have. There may be times it will be difficult to tell all that is on your mind, considering it too trivial or nonsensical, embarrassing or shameful. You are encouraged to try to say whatever you can, without self-censure or judgment, since it is material such as this that can come from your unconscious arena and prove essential to the process.

I will be listening deeply to you, trying to be sensitive to underlying feelings and meanings, non-verbal and verbal cues, patterns and themes that may not be fully in your conscious awareness. I may ask questions to deepen the understanding of these patterns and themes. I will be curious about and explore your past, believing that your early experiences and relationships can influence and shape your present life and dynamics. I will help you become more self-aware of your actions, behavior and choices. You will develop the capacity to notice and observe what is happening in your inner life and world, becoming more attuned to and accepting of emotional reactions, thoughts, feelings, sensations, and images within. Your dream life is also important, being as Sigmund Freud calls it “the royal road to the unconscious” and you will grow in the ability to learn from the symbols it brings to you, enlightening you about fears, wishes, conflicts and dilemmas you might be having.

Your self-awareness will develop in the context of the therapeutic relationship, in the collaboration you have with your therapist. There may be times you will have thoughts or feelings about your therapist: it is important to also say to me what is on your mind. Many times, the dynamics of the relationship you have with your therapist will mirror those of your other significant relationships, thus becoming a tool for helping you become more aware and understanding of your relational life and patterns. Your curiosity, wish for greater self-understanding, willingness to tolerate uncertainty and contain intensity of emotions, and your readiness to consider other points of view will be beneficial to this process and to your personal growth.

Gabriel (Gabby) S. Dy-Liacco

AB Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

MS Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland

PhD-CES Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland

Licensed Professional Counselor, Virginia, USA

In the 13 years that I have been practicing psychotherapy, I have found that I work well with persons whose growth as a human being was interrupted, particularly when the interruption had occurred in childhood or adolescence. I have encountered varied sources of the interruption of a person’s development through life: problems in living that do not change with the usual good advice, family conflict, marital conflict, abandonment, addiction, neglect, rejection, developmental concerns, mental illness (mood disorders, anxiety, dissociation, attention deficit), traumatic abuse (lay, religious, or clergy), traumatic injury, personality disorders, sexuality issues, and psychological blocks to spiritual growth.

What has mattered most to me in psychotherapeutic work are the desire in persons to heal these breaks in their relationships and sense of self, to choose freely to transcend personal and interpersonal limitations, to rediscover life-giving principles, to forgive, to take risks once again in being creative and in engaging in friendship. What has mattered most to me in pastoral counseling work has been the redemptive value of a person’s relationship with his or her God and the meaning of this relationship amid the suffering and joy of life.

Thus, I believe that the essential ingredient of an effective therapeutic process is a relationship that fosters trust and in which a client feels safe to interact in new ways with him or herself and with the therapist or group members. I believe that it is through the experience, deep reflection on, and modification of this interaction and all its elements (affect, cognition, behavior, physical actions/reactions, responses to and from others, dreams and fantasies) that one gains awareness of and insight into one’s past, inner experience, and interpersonal experience and begins to transcend the psychological and interpersonal limits imposed by what had interrupted one’s life.

To establish and make use of such a relationship, I pay attention to how a person attaches or does not attach to me; what the person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are in, toward, and which result from the process of attaching; my own reactions to the process; and how the current experience in therapy brings forth a person’s adaptations to childhood interruptions as well as the person’s unique capacities and virtues for transcending these interruptions to a fuller life.

Persons have opened themselves up to this process in different degrees and at varying paces. The end result for each has been an ongoing experience of entering more fully into one’s creativity, sexuality, and identity; of finding meaning amid one’s suffering; and of living more deeply one’s friendships and commitments.

Carmen B. La Vina

AB Communication Arts, Ateneo de Manila University

MA Pastoral Ministry (major in Family Ministry), Ateneo de Manila University

MS Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland

PhD Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland

I liken a person in therapy to a sailor whose compass has difficulty. Navigating a stormy sea becomes a struggle. In therapy, the client finds a safe place to work on that compass - the self. Together with the therapist, the individual finds the possibility to embrace life’s pains, fears and weaknesses, as well as its joys, hopes and strengths. The client learns to clarify important values, goals and life pathways. One may thus find the courage to understand life differently, and to try new ways of being with oneself, others, and God.

Hence, in treatment, clients and their therapists embark on meaning-making processes where clients make sense of the very issues that weigh them down. From meanings made, persons in therapy may learn adaptive ways of dealing with adversity as well as pursue flourishing lives. The goal of treatment thus goes beyond symptom relief. Enduring changes related to presenting and underlying problems may be gained if these changes were meaningful to the clients. Even diagnosis and treatment strategies also fall within this meaning-making viewpoint. While I appreciate other significant therapeutic approaches, I am most inclined toward the CBT, social-cognitive and existential perspectives in realizing this underlying approach to psychotherapy. Through this course, I hope to help clients regain a sense of control over their internal compasses, and proceed with their journeys toward their desired destinations.

Lourdes (Ditsy) Sumpaico

AB Psychology, minor in Education, St. Theresa’s College, Quezon City

MA Theological Studies, Ateneo de Manila University

Professional Diploma, Center for Family Ministries, Loyola School of Theology

In my commitment to the work of counseling and accompaniment, a disposition of honesty and integrity, loving kindness and compassion are necessary ingredients to be an instrument of Love in being with another. I find myself harnessing the skills and competencies of a wounded healer---listening most especially with the heart, and being patient and accommodating to all that is shared in confidence from the many stories of pain, anguish, and eventual hope and peace of the spirit. I desire to be able to journey with and accompany those who are in need of greater awareness of what is rich in their own persons and to lead them towards an acceptance of their true selves and their reality—unchangeable perhaps, but Grace-filled because of its potentials. I experience being drawn to an intimate relationship with my Lord in this ministry, simply because I acknowledge that He alone can guide me towards being a healer myself.

Marguerite (Mag) C. Sy

AB Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

Masteral level coursework in Counseling psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

Masteral degree in Business Management, Asian Institute of Management

Trained in psychological evaluation (PsychConsult, Inc.); critical incident stress debriefing (University of Santo Tomas); pastoral care to prevent and heal sexual abuse (Mary the Shepherdess Institute); and counseling for the poor (UGAT Foundation)

I provide psychological assessment, counseling and long-term psychotherapy for those who seriously want to pursue their journey into inner healing and wholeness. My particular areas of concentration include work with childhood trauma, emotional and sexual abuse, self-esteem, relationship issues, depression, and midlife transitions.

Our therapy sessions provide a confidential and safe place for you to freely express deeper thoughts and feelings, and to explore painful emotions and experiences with sensitivity and care. Your personal story and memories can be told and are honored with gentleness and compassion. Your sense of self and identity are gradually seen with growing clarity and new frames of understanding. Aspects of the self once rejected are acknowledged and befriended. Inner capacities and resources are discovered and strengthened.

My overall goal is to help you become truly empowered to make healing choices that will write new meaning, identity, and mission into your life.