Priscilla (Peachy) Gonzalez-Fernando has an AB major in Psychology, minor in Family Life and Child Development, from University of the Philippines – Diliman, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila. She has had 15 years of training and experience in play therapy and the use of creative expression for healing, and, in 2006, also trained in sandplay therapy.
In her work today she uses play, sandplay, creative expression, and journaling to help clients achieve clarity, enhanced self-awareness, self-expression and healing. Her specialty is children, adolescents, and young adults who are going through life changes or transitions, or who have emotional or behavioral problems, including sadness, grief, depression, anger, anxiety or confusion. She also sees children and adults who are seeking to heal from experiences of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Key findings from her masteral thesis are featured in her article “Pagkatao, Pagkababae, at Seksuwalidad (Self-Concept, Womanhood, and Sexuality): A Phenomenological Study of the Inner World of the Girl Child Prostitute,” which is included in the book “Children in Pain: studies on children who are abused, and are living in poverty, prison and prostitution” (MLA Carandang, ed.). Ms. Fernando is a PAP* Certified Specialist in Clinical Psychology.