Dr. J. Enrique Saplala

PhD, CPsych


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, American Psychological Association, EMDR Canada and the EMDR International Association, and a fellow of the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

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