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  Unpublished work commisioned by the Commision on Higher Education (Philippines).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


Esteban Cardemil

Esteban Cardemil received a BA from Swarthmore College in 1993 and an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He was subsequently at Brown University, where he completed his predoctoral internship in 2000, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship. He has been at Clark University since 2002.

Cardemil’s research focuses on the understanding and addressing the mental healthcare disparities in the US that continue to disproportionately affect individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. His research programme includes both applied and basic research that lie at the intersection of cognitive-behavioural theories, prevention science, and cultural and contextual approaches. Current research projects take place in the local community. One ongoing research project is an NIMH-funded mixed-methods investigation of a help-seeking for depression among Latino men. Other research projects investigate the effects of culture and gender in a variety of contexts, including middle- and high-school urban children, Latino families, and the therapy process. In addition, Cardemil has written about the incorporation of considerations of race, ethnicity, and culture into psychotherapy practice and research.

His recent publications include:

  • Edwards, L.M., & Cardemil, E.V. (in press). Clinical approaches to assessing cultural values in Latinos. In K. Geisinger (Ed.), Psychological testing of Hispanics: Clinical and intellectual issues.
  • Sanchez, M., & Cardemil, E.V. (in press).  Brave new world: Mental health experiences of Puerto Ricans, immigrant Latinos and Brazilians in Massachusetts. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • Moreno, O., & Cardemil, E.V. (2013). Religiosity and mental health services: An exploratory study of help seeking among Latinos. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 1, 53-67.

Credits to Clark University

Published: 25 July 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