Our Team

Teofilo

Vanessa

Angge

Erika

Evie

Macki

Team Profile

Marco Antonio R. Rodas, PhD, RPm

President

A graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters in Counseling in MSEUF. He finished his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Industrial Psychology in the Lyceum of the Philippines-Batangas with High Honors.

Founded and currently advocating the practice of brainspotting method in the Philippines with Brainspotting Philippines Inc. and Giya Brainspotting Center and Psych-Services. Trains psych-professionals and regulates psychotherapeutic practice whether online or face to face. Organizes and executes community mental wellness program as corporate responsibility.

Teaches and trains undergraduate students in psychology and the social sciences for 24 years in Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation. He is also a professional speaker and coach: his multi-disciplinary knowledge and experiences made him a sought-after speaker in different communities like industrial, educational, political, socio-civic and clinical institutions. Well-immersed in different fields, his approach to coaching varies from the micro to the macro Phase.

A trainer and a training module developer: He works as a partner in #cielospeaks and iLeap PHL. He designs, innovates and executes seminar and training modules that caters to the following needs: team building, conflict management, leadership, transactional analysis, policy development, gender and development, troubleshooting, mental wellness programming, and human resource management and development.

He is a writer: He is published both in the literary world and the academe. His works include: Understanding Society, Culture and Politics (2018) Understanding the Self (2019) and Na’ay Po: Mga Dagli, Dula, Tula at Maikling Kwento (2014). He is also a Carlos Palanca Memorial Awardee for Literature as his winning work “Igba” is in textbooks of high school and senior high students. He is also listed in Quezon Wikipedia’s Notabale People. Passionate and highly adaptive, his mantra is: “Innovation nullifies failure.”

Teofilo O. Palsimon Jr., MPsy, RPm, ICAP II

Internationally Certified Brainspotting Trainer (Phase III and Masterclass Training)
Internationally Certified Addiction Professional Level II

Teofilo O. Palsimon Jr. is an addiction professional and psychotherapist in private practice in Lucena City, Quezon. He has worked in mental health settings, government and non-government drug rehabilitation treatment centers, and intensive outpatient and community-based treatment facilities since 2015. He works with adolescents, adults, and the elderly afflicted with all types of trauma, including adverse childhood experiences, sexual abuse, neglect, interpersonal violence, traumatic brain injuries, and trans-generational trauma or those who have an addiction, anxiety, depression, or who have done previous therapy without achieving the desired results.

Although he was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Technique in 2016, he has a special interest in Brainspotting, where he was trained by Mr. Suzuki Takanobu and David Grand himself; and has been a practitioner and advocate since 2016. He primarily utilizes this neurophysiological approach in his therapeutic work, incorporating tenets of brain science, somatic experiencing, polyvagal theory, and mindfulness into his practice. Individuals who work with him engage in deeper brain and body processing to liberate themselves from complex traumas and problems that they have not been able to resolve on their own.

Teofilo's therapeutic framework is a synthesis of neurophysiological knowledge based on science and the inherent wisdom of the body and mind. He advocates advancing trauma and addiction treatment across the board by dismantling an outmoded, pathological model of framing these human conditions into a more restorative form of recovery. Using the paradigm outlined, he delivers intensive treatment to clients, self-healing and awareness for practitioners, and consultation to therapists and professionals on trauma and addiction. He also consults with therapists in the Philippines who want to get certified in Brainspotting.

The following achievements demonstrate his highlights of competence

  • Finishing his PhD in Forensic Psychology at the Far Eastern University-Manila after he completed his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the De La Salle University Dasmariñas in 2020.
  • Amassing experience in clinical research throughout his education, performing various specialized and complex research procedures in evidence-based clinical trial.
  • Serving as a resource speaker and lecturer for psychoeducation and awareness campaign on trauma and addiction and skills training in screening and provision of brief intervention in community-based rehabilitation program since 2015
  • Performing volunteer works through the provision of evidence-based psychological interventions for Elite soldiers of Marawi Siege, families of extra-judicial killing victims, victims of domestic violence, refugees due to natural calamities, and people afflicted with vicarious trauma and mental health problems during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pioneering the research and practice of Brainspotting, a brain-based therapy, in the country
  • Implements mindfulness-based sobriety and neuro-informed intensive outpatient program for Balay Silangan: Kanlungan ng Pagbabago, Lucena City Anti-Drug Abuse Office
  • Practicing in the field of clinical psychology as an Internationally Certified Addiction Professional Level II and a certified practitioner and trainer in trauma-focused interventions (EMDR Phase I; Brainspotting Phase III with Masterclass training)
  • Participated as a research presenter in local and international research conferences like Regional Research Forum, Psychological Association of the Philippines Research Conference, DSWD and Department of Health Research Fora, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 36th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, USA

Vanessa Anne Joice T. Haro

Operations Executive

Vanessa Anne Joice T. Haro, MPsy, RPm, LPT, CHRA, CSMC, CVSAA, CCS, is an Industrial Psychology Practitioner. She's been doing human resource administration and consultancy for about 6+ years. Currently, she's highly exposed to Recruitment Processing Outsourcing industry, wherein she specializes the sourcing and recruitment in the Asia Pacific (APAC) and Australia & New Zealand (ANZ).

Vanessa specializes mainly in the area of leadership and administration. She has led several teams and garnered team success. Some of the projects she worked on were the company's guidelines and policies, management and organization delivery, planning and development of enhancement programs, and maintaining the equilibrium of the organizational structure. She preferred her projects to have a human touch - and mainly for the benefit of the employees. Her signature roles are also in labour and relations, training and development, sourcing, and company marketing.

Currently, she is serving as the Operations Executive of the Brainspotting Philipines Training Consultancy Services and building bridges with universities, communities, business leaders, and higher-ups. Connections formed with people in the industry who advocate safe space and mental health.

She earned her MA Psych in Lyceum of the Philippines University – Laguna and bachelor's degree in Psychology in Southern Luzon State University. She is also a Registered Psychometrician, Licensed Professional Teacher, Certified Human Resource Professional, Certified Sales and Marketing Consultant, and Certified Communications Specialist.

Furthermore, Vanessa has also published her literary works in National Commission for Culture and the Arts (UBOD), the University of the Philippines Diliman (Lagda Journal), and German publication (The Loch Raven Review). She also authored and launched her zine Maging sa Silid year 2021 as independent publisher. She's an active member of the Gabriela Southern Tagalog - Women's Party, a collective working towards emancipating women from injustices.

Angelika T. Matibag

Junior Program Associate

Angelika T. Matibag, RPm, LPT, CHRA is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Southern Luzon State University – Lucban in the year 2017 and continues her graduate studies in Ateneo de Naga University taking up Master of Arts in Psychology major in Counseling Psychology. She is currently working as a senior high school teacher in the Department of Education – Division of Quezon. She has been in the field of education for four years and has been teaching research and social sciences subjects.

Aside from being a teacher, she was the Guidance Coordinator of Guinayangan Senior High School from the years 2018-2021. She handles sensitive cases such as sexual harassment, bullying and depression. She was also the testing coordinator that led NAT and scheduled limited face-to-face summative exams in their school.

As an advocate of mental health, she has been a Psychological First Aid and Mental Health Psychosocial Services Provider since 2018. She has been providing the service in the parts of the Philippines like in Digos City, Davao del Sur (for the earthquake in 2019), training in Naga City and Guinayangan, Quezon. Aside from that, she has been a speaker in Mental Health Symposiums, Gender and Development Trainings, Anti-Bullying, and Violence Against Children to the different municipalities in Southern Quezon and Laguna.

Adhering to her advocacy, she dreams of putting up the first psychological clinic in her hometown Tagkawayan, Quezon, to help its neighboring municipalities.

Evie Noelle E. Ledesma

Digital Marketer

Evie Noelle E. Ledesma is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Southern Luzon State University. She is currently working in her Alma Mater as an Administrative Support Staff in the Gender and Development Office. She is also a part of Kwento Kabataan, an initiative that started from friends wanting to give back, even in the smallest way possible.

She strives on making herself better and learn new skills and is now leaning on acquiring new knowledge in the design and marketing field.

Ma. Christina Bernadette C. Aparato

Operations Associate

Ma. Christina Bernadette “Macki” C. Aparato is a psychology student at National University Laguna. Her interest in understanding human behaviors was established by her experiences working with different individuals while in campus journalism and student leadership councils. Fond of writing, in Junior High School, Macki was a Feature Writer and the Editor-in-Chief of Ang LCBA Chronicle, the Filipino Campus Newspaper Publication of Laguna College of Business and Arts, from the year 2016 to 2018. She received Special Journalism Citation Award and gained 7th place in the 2015 Regional Schools Press Conference – Feature Writing Competition (Secondary Filipino) held at Lipa, Batangas.

Her passion for advocating mental health awareness flourished when she started leading student body organizations. Macki was the Vice President of the Supreme Student Government in Laguna College of Business and Arts, where she received the Gerry Roxas Leadership Award, an award that is given to recognize student leaders for their active participation and devotion of time in community affairs. Her involvement and exposure in these areas led her to deeply learn and believe in the value of connection, inclusivity, and people empowerment.

Invested in learning psychosocial support, in December 2021, she completed a short online course on Resilient Mental Health and Well-being, a psychological first aid training program developed by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation in partnership with the New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade Aid Programme. Currently, she is serving as a Class Representative of the National University Laguna Psychology Society.

Faye Izabelle O. Flancia, RPm

Secretariat

Faye Izabelle O. Flancia, RPm, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation with the distinction of Cum Laude and an Awardee of the Excellence in Research for Psychology. During the Board Licensure Examination for Psychometricians last 2019, she placed in the Top 11, with an 84.40% rating. Furthering her studies, she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Psychology degree at Lyceum of the Philippines University—Batangas.

As a Human Resources Professional, she currently works with an international software company, holding the position of Human Resources Specialist II, handling legal compliance, legal research, and labor relations for the Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and South America continents in which she authored several policies. In addition, with her demonstrated knowledge and experience in these facets, she has helped map-out internal processes and produced accompanying guidelines significantly improving transactional efficiency and productivity.

As a seasonal lecturer for a review center, she teaches core board-exam subjects for the Board Licensure Examination for Psychometricians, specializing in Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Psychological Assessment, while demonstrating operational experience in Industrial Psychology. Also, through her extensive theoretical knowledge and mastery, she serves as the test author for numerous qualifying examinations for undergraduate students—eventually publishing her first transcript for Theories of Personality for undergraduate programs and related review materials for board-takers.

Skilled in research and development, she conducts government-funded studies for international research councils and readily provides undergraduate students’ consultations, continuously supporting the formulation of evidence-based practices in the country.