Mental Health Practitioners Panel: July 27, 2022

  • Post published:July 19, 2022
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Mental Health Practitioners Panel
July 27, 2022, 6:30 to 8 p.m EST


As mental health needs grow within the Filipino-Canadian community, and gaps within service provision and access continue to persist, the FIL-CAN SCW Network is hosting a panel discussion with mental health practitioners. Invited speakers will share their practice/learning journeys in becoming therapists. We invite you to join us for this intentional conversation about community mental health services and capacity building within the Filipino-Canadian community.


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Invited speakers

Elda Almario, RP (She/her)


Elda Almario(she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario(CRPO), and a member of Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals(OAMHP) and Canadian Association for Play Therapy(CAPT). 


Born and raised in the Philippines, she moved to Canada, bringing with her years of experience in psychotherapy, having worked with children, youth, adults, and families, who have experienced behavioural concerns, life transitions, mood and anxiety symptomatology, addiction, and other mental health conditions. She has worked in both community mental health and private practice settings. 


Currently, she runs her own practice in the city of Pickering, Larô Therapy, where she specializes in working with neurodivergent individuals and their families, and/or racialized folx seeking to develop a stronger sense of identity through self-discovery. She also supervises and supports mental health professionals to build thriving careers and private practices. In 2020, Elda was appointed as a non-council committee member of the Registration Committee of the CRPO.


Constantine R. Cabarios, MSW, RSW (he/him)

Constantine is a registered social worker with over 12 years of experience in the social service sector. He currently works as a counsellor/therapist and interim coordinator for a multi service agency providing individual, couples and family clinical services as well facilitating specialized psychoeducational/support groups for youth and adults. He also provides counselling and psychotherapy services in private practice at CRC Counselling & Psychotherapy. He has worked in various clinical, community-based and post secondary educational practice settings providing services to mostly underserved communities. He is a proud member of the Filipinx-Canadian community and identifies as a cis-gender queer/gay man. Constantine hopes to semi-retire in the future with his partner, living on a beach house in the Philippines!

Dr. J. Enrique G. Saplala, PhD, C. Psych.

Dr. J. Enrique Saplala is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He provides psychotherapy and assessments to adults experiencing grief and bereavement, posttraumatic stress disorders and other stress- related disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, adjustment disorders, issues related to low self-esteem, and assertiveness. He uses psychodynamic, humanistic, and evidence-based treatment approaches such as cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, the flash technique (FT), hypnotherapy, emotion-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.

He received his MA in Counselling Psychology and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Jesuit educational institution, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He has completed his post-doctoral training at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, St. Leonard’s Place Peel in Brampton, Woodbine Psychological and Counselling Services in Markham, and Oshawa Psychological and Counselling Services.

Dr. Saplala speaks fluent English, Tagalog, and some French. He continues to engage in research and recently co-authored a journal article, “Coronavirus Pandemic Anxiety Scale (CPAS-11): Development and initial validation,” which is an 11-item anxiety scale intended to measure symptoms of anxiety related to the pandemic and is currently co-authoring a follow up research on the same scale.

Dr. Saplala has also served as president (2008-2010) of the Psychological Association of the Philippines and founder of an alternative literacy psychoeducational program for prisoners, Skwelahang Sikolohiya, at the Philippine national penitentiary. He is currently a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, Canadian Psychological Association, Alliance Française de Toronto, American Psychological Association, EMDR Canada and the EMDR International Association, and a fellow of the Psychological Association of the Philippines.