Creative Passion Path is about believing that each individual, given genuine respect, presence and empathy, can discover their capacity to find their own inner wisdom and passion path.
Behind this is Carolyn T. Tongco and Tanya Maria B. Gonzalez
Carol's passion is to use expressive arts, mindfulness practice, storytelling and life coaching to connect, empower and bring healing to individuals, groups and communities. Therefore, she prefers to be called a “heartist”. She loves art and helping others.
She has conducted expressive arts workshops, art retreats and expressive arts coaching to different populations such as children with cancer and chronic illnesses and volunteers through Kythe Foundation; senior citizens through United Bayanihan Foundation; people with mood disorders through Mood Harmony Support Group; people with mental health conditions through Philippine Mental Health Association; patient support groups in Medical City and children with history of abuse and abandonment. Through engaging in the process and helping them find meaning in their art output, they gained insight and learned healthier ways of coping to move forward with their life experiences.
She is Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator granted by the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA); Certified Expressive Arts Coach granted by Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA); a Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) Facilitator granted by the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute (Santa Rosa, USA) and also a Certified Focusing Trainer with Specialization in Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) granted by The International Focusing Institute (New York, USA). She finished Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Arts from University of Santo Tomas, Manila. She is currently taking Masters in Clinical Psychology in the same university.
She's a mother to 3 dogs and a gecko. On her free time, she enjoys being a "Plantita".
Tanya is a Psychology practitioner. She has done supervised counseling, assessment and training in the clinical, educational, and industrial settings. She has conducted team buildings and self- care retreats and has facilitated various workshops on topics like wellness, stress management, resilience, movement meditation, relaxation, mindfulness, happiness, gratitude, purpose, career development, motivation, emotion management, diversity and inclusion. She has worked with schools, hospitals, shelters, rehabilitation facilities, corporate clients and individuals with varied age groups from children to adults with learning disabilities, psycho-social and behavioral problems, problems of living, autism, and histories of abuse.
Her passion is on the field of expressive arts therapies, particularly the body and movement as a means of healing, which is the focus of her research and has presented her paper at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference. Continuously, she likes to further her learning by attending classes, seminars and workshops in the expressive art therapies.