Arsenio Alianan Jr

Arsenio Alianan JrArsenio Alianan Jr is and Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology of Ateneo de Manila University. Alianan is the current Vice-President of Psychological Association of the Philippines. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.  He is a founding member of PsychConsult, Inc., a private mental health service provider in Quezon City, Phililppines. Alianan currently does private practice there.  At various points, he had brief teaching stints with the Psychology Departments of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, De La Salle University and National University of Singapore.  Yet another involvement for nearly a decade he was in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine of Philippine General Hospital.

His current research interests include:  psychological testing in the Philippines, particularly the assessment of basic aptitudes and abilities; effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy; application and effectiveness of online counselling; and the mental health impact of migration and diaspora of Filipinos.

His selected publications include:

  • Ebrada, S. C. & Alianan, Jr. A. S. (2007).  Abnormal Psychology.  In L. Teh & M. E. J. Macapagal (Eds.)  General psychology.  RP:  Ateneo de Manila University Press.
  •  Ebrada, E. C. & Alianan, Jr. A. S.  (1999).  Abnormal Psychology. In L. Teh & M. E. J. Macapagal (Eds.)  General psychology textbook and manual.  Unpublished work commisioned by the Commision on Higher Education (Philippines).
  • Liwag, Maria Emma Concepcion (ed.).  Psyche:  The Filipino FamilyArsenio Sze Alianan, Jr.  “Shifts in Parenting Styles”.  Manila:  Ateneo de Manila University Press.  (forthcoming)

Credits to Ateneo de Manila University

Published: 21 August 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Phil Haigh

Phil HaightPhil Haigh is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a counsellor and member of the BACP, Haigh is committed to working within a code of professional ethics.

He grew up in Leeds, UK and aside from a year spent in Canada, has spent the rest of his life living and working in the UK both in the private and public sectors. It was during this time that it occurred to him that what he most enjoyed in previous roles was helping people. As a result he resolved to find a role which would enable me to be more involved in helping others.

As someone who has previously struggled with stress, anxiety and panic attacks, Haigh understands just how frightening and exhausting life can feel when one is struggling. At times even a walk to the local shop or picking up the phone can seem like a superhuman effort. Often we find our own coping mechanisms work in the short-term but then lead us to bigger problems, until we risk a crisis or seek support. Knowing this from experience, he felt compelled to better understand and support others in learning to break free from this cycle and move forwards.

After a short introductory course in Counselling to see what it was all about, he quickly established a desire to learn more. Haigh became fascinated with psychology, philosophy, and how we all deal with the complications of every day life.

He went on to study Counselling at Huddersfield University, followed by a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Calderdale College in Halifax, during which he trained in the Person-Centred Approach. His  training included a voluntary placement at St Vincent’s, a holistic charity, counselling people from some the most deprived areas of Leeds through a variety of issues. He has found this work so personally rewarding that he has continued to volunteer on a weekly basis at St Vincent’s ever since.

Building on his initial training, Haigh was interested in broadening his understanding of the issues that blight human lives and ways of working with them. To expand his knowledge, Haigh undertook further study at Leeds Metropolitan University, completing a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling. He remain passionate about learning and continue to develop himself both professionally and personally. He also attends regular supervision sessions to ensure he continues to offer the best service possible.

Haigh is a lover of books and enjoy reading the latest books in psychology and research in the field, while remembering that the most important element in any counselling session is the client. Haigh is not a fan of jargon or academic language where unnecessary and for that reason he tries both in my writing and in person to avoid using any confusing psychological jargons.

If you would like to speak to him or make a low-cost appointment to see how you feel about counselling, don’t hesitate to contact him. You may also find his FAQ or Case Studies page helpful. You can also follow him on Twitter @CounsellorPhil. He looks forward to being a part of your journey.

Credits to Counselling in Leeds.

Published: 19 April 2014

Last update:23 April 2015


Annaliza Lagrutta

Annaliza LagruttaAnnaliza Lagrutta is an Adjunct Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, USA. Lagrutta earned her BA in psychology from San Francisco State University and worked for six years with an international Landscape Architecture firm. During that time she had the opportunity to travel and learn how psychology impacts the decision of architectural designs in our environment.  She returned to her hometown of Stockton and attended National University to earn her MA in Counselling Psychology which has always been her passion. While in her master programme, she worked with developmental disabled adults in the community. For the past 16 years Lagrutta has been Mental Health Clinician providing services to adults who are mentally disabled on an outpatient basis with San Joaquin County Behavioural Health.

She is a passionate learner and appreciate the experiences of learning new things to enhance my understanding of my field. Lagrutta is a lifelong learner who appreciates all aspects of education. She believes a good education can transform lives and positively affect our community. Her goal as an educator is to support my students in making their own unique impact on society. She believes all her students can succeed in their dreams of the future.

Credits to San Joaquin Delta College

Published: 24 March 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015