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Therapy is obviously such a personal thing, so it is important to find a therapist that is a good fit for you! So, here’s a little information about Dr. Phil’s personal and professional background:

Dr Phil Baquie LPC is a first generation immigrant, originally from Australia. He moved to the United States in 1999.

Prior to his career as a psychotherapist, Dr. Phil was as a professional musician, event speaker, and humanitarian spokesperson working in over thirty countries around the world. He is also a veteran, having served 8 years the United States military in Special Operations Tactical PSYOP and Infantry units.

As a Board Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Mississippi- license # 2006, Dr. Phil holds a Doctor of Psychology from The Graduate Theological Foundation. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University. His postgraduate work is in sex therapy for which he studied at the Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Phil is also the president of the Lafayette Oxford University Mental Health Alliance, which is an association of Mental Health Professionals throughout the region.

Dr. Phil states, “I have experienced grief, joy, failure, and success in life, and my clients tell me I am easy to relate to because I don’t pretend to be someone I am not. I find having so many interesting experiences around the world helps bring a uniqueness to the counseling room. I am fascinated by relationships and the interplay of faith, family, and our environment. When I meet with clients I’m a down to earth straight shooter- not a flowery unicorns and rainbows kind of therapist. At the same time, I’m not afraid to shed a tear or two with clients when journeying through the hard stuff! Ultimately, I am passionate about helping my clients thrive in life and always find myself in awe of the human spirit.”

Dr. Phil is married and has two daughters. In his free time he studies martial arts, plays in a motown band called The Soultones, and enjoys time with his family on the beach!

Our other therapists at OCC:

Vicki Mahan

I have worked with students and their families, adults, and couples as a teacher, mentor, and counselor for over 30 years. Recently I retired from The University of Mississippi Student Counseling Center, to focus on a private practice. I counsel adolescents, individuals, couples and families addressing a variety of concerns. I specialize in working with people as they deal with life transitions and assisting as they adjust to difficult challenges such as loss and grief, trauma, separation and divorce. I enjoy working with people as they face major decisions or assisting in the utilization of techniques to enhance performance in school or in the workplace. I am passionate about assisting people reach their full potential in life.

I use a variety of methods such as mindfulness, hypnosis, EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral and relaxation techniques. My counseling style is eclectic and my sessions generally begin with Person Centered and Narrative therapy as I feel every individual is unique and their story is the backdrop of an individual’s way of dealing with life. I attempt to provide an accepting, comfortable environment to explore life issues in a way that is helpful for each person I work with. I want my clients to work on their issues at the pace that is comfortable for them and I offer suggestions and referrals for other services that may enhance the therapeutic experience.

Specialties: Relationships and couple counseling, premarital counseling, parenting issues, trauma and PTSD, performance enhancement, and midlife issues

Common Counseling Issues:

  • Anger management, ADHD, mild Autism Spectrum Disorders, PTSD
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Sexual Orientation, Spirituality
  • Sleep Disorders, Pain Management, Weight Loss, Healthy Living Strategies

Dean Worsham

“Service to others in their time of need is a privilege and an honor.” ― Harley King

My name is Dean Worsham. And one thing I have learned is that life can be very tough at times. And, in those tough times, it is sometimes helpful to have a safe place to talk about it with someone. And to hopefully find a way through that suffering.

In 1998, I received a Master’s in Education degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Mississippi. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Mississippi. I am also a Board Qualified Supervisor for both licenses. I served on the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists for eight years. I have also worked at The University of Mississippi Counseling Center for 16 years. I am in the process of acquiring EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Certification which is a type of therapy especially helpful with trauma. I have recently started working with sound therapy and I became a Gong Master in 2014.

I also practice mindfulness. In these stressful days we live in, I believe mindfulness can be a powerful path to realign our nervous systems back to normal. By practicing mindfulness, we allow ourselves not to be pushed around by stress and anxiety. I believe we can slow things down, see the situation more clearly and make better choices with the help of mindfulness training. I have the great honor of co-facilitating a Mindfulness Group at The Edison with Camp Best. Our group meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm and all are invited and welcomed to attend.

My counseling style is based around Narrative therapy. Narrative therapy believes that “people are people and problems are problems.” You are not the problem. With Narrative therapy, the goal is to separate from the problem and for you to see the skills and abilities that you possess to reduce, minimize and fix the problems that you may be encountering. It is a respectful and non-blaming counseling approach that believes you are the expert of your own life. We would work together to find those beliefs and faith, competencies and values that will help you cope with the troubles that you may face. I consider counseling a calling for me and I enjoy doing this work.

Some of my passions are Ole Miss football, reading a good book or watching a great movie, and getting to the beach on occasion. I especially like being in the country and listening to the sounds of nature. I have lived in Oxford, MS since 1985 and I love the hill country of North Mississippi and the people that live here.