Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco was born in 1969 in Lima, Peru to Filipino parents. He lived in Peru for two years, spent the next seven years in Japan, and then moved to the Philippines where he spent the remainder of his formative years.
He is married with five children and resides in the Philippines.
Dr. Dy-Liacco holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Pastoral counseling is a unique discipline that blends professional counseling and psychotherapy with a carefully integrated spiritual dimension.
His clinical work is in the treatment of individuals, couples, families and groups for a wide range of issues. These include adult and childhood abuse and trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, personality disorders, addiction, and non-psychiatric problems in living.
He is a licensed professional counselor and has practiced psychotherapy and counseling in various mental health settings since 1997.
Dr. Dy-Liacco is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling of Regent University in Virginia, USA. He has also taught in the Department of Pastoral Counseling of Loyola University Maryland.
His own research focuses on the relationships among faith, spiritual experience, spiritual struggles, and psychological flourishing.
In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Dr. Dy-Liacco for a second term to the Pontifcal Commission for the Protection of Minors.