“Flipped Classroom” time

Teaching part-time has been a very rewarding experience, but it has not without its challenges. I love getting to that “Aha!” moment of realization in my students and I sometimes think that in order to really get people’s attention, one must really “invest” a whole lot, because although they can’t help it, these tired and […]

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“How do I say it?”

The challenges of referring patients with mental health issues in primary care to the Psychiatry service (For tonight’s #Healthxph Tweetchat) A few days ago, a respected individual learned announced on his Facebook wall that he was going to throw in the towel, and was going to say goodbye to the world. By virtue of his status update, […]

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Video: “Like a Stone”

Chris Cornell. — A friend of mine gave me my first taste of his music years ago. When I first listened to this song,  my first thought, “Wow…there is so much pain…” News articles say that he killed himself by hanging, after years of dealing with substance abuse and anxiety disorder. (There goes another one…I […]

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Fair endings. Manila, February 2017

 The start of February had me going to Manila to participate in a lecture that focused on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. It was an extremely exciting feeling to be there to listen to my mentors do what they do best. They talked about their passion and zeal for Psychotherapy, as well as discussed the new trends and […]

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Photos: The Patient Stories Track

Last month, I was very fortunate to have had a chance to participate in the #healthxph and Philippine Center for Health Research and Development’s collaborative 2nd Philippine Healthcare & Social Media Summit, health at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City,  in April 21, 2016. I was tapped to speak on “The Psychology Behind […]

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On listening and kindness

For some time, I thought it was ironic, how, I was a therapist, and yet, I didn’t have anyone who satisfactorily could do “talk therapy” on me. I mean, living out here in the province, I could not really find a supervisor type of person who would help me along with how I processed myself […]

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Talk therapy and Tony Soprano

“I love you.” “I dream about you…I think about you all the time. “I’m in love with you…That’s just the way it is.” This was Tony Soprano’s little speech to his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi. This was in Season 1 of “The Sopranos” where he had started going for psychotherapy after having panic attacks “out of […]

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