Choosing the right therapist or counsellor to help you on your journey is a crucial aspect to the therapeutic relationship being successful. Here you can find out a little bit more about me before we meet to find out if we would be a ‘good fit’.
My name is Philip Waine and I am based in a village in Hertfordshire, where I live with my wife. Besides family life, I am heavily involved in my local community, helping to organise various events throughout the year and always doing so with the most positive outlook on life.
I conduct my therapy from a studio unit at the rear of my house. I have found that being in a calming and relaxing environment often helps when talking with my clients, as I want them to feel as comfortable as possible when we are in therapy. I do, of course, also offer video/audio sessions if you live far away or do not have time to visit me at my studio.
Why Pooh Corner?
There are two reasons why I decided to call my therapy practice Pooh Corner, one being very close to my heart and the other being a very good reference for those suffering with mental health issues.
Firstly, the characters depicted in the Winnie the Pooh books each represent a different type of mental illness:
Pooh = General disorders, specialising in addictions
Piglet = Anxiety
Tigger = ADHD
Eeyore = Depression
This is a basic cover of some of the types of mental illness that I am able to help with. In addition to the above, I focus on addictions, trauma and PTSD (complex).
My second reason for using the characters of Winnie the Pooh is that the setting up of my therapy practice has been enabled by the sale of my first edition copies of Winnie the Pooh books. Although these books held a very special place in my heart, I knew that helping others through my work in therapy would be worth the sacrifice of selling them - and here we are today with the end result – you visiting my website, reading about my journey.
I have extensive experience in listening, counselling, mentoring and encouraging adults, professionals and young people and families, working systemically in a pluralistic way. I am committed to working with those who are struggling with a range of challenging life issues, (i.e anxiety and depression and stress-related), empowering my clients to move forward with a fresh perspective on their lives. To date, I have carried out over 900 hours of supervised clinical work and more recently I have focussed on working with those suffering from addictions and trauma (complex PTSD).
My model of therapy will put you, the client, at the centre of our partnership. This can be extended to those people who are connected to you and is often technically described as, ‘working systemically’, exploring all those things that impact your life.
One of my goals for counselling will be to enable and empower you, the client, to move forward with a fresh perspective. This has been underpinned by my initial training at degree level in broad theories of counselling and then at Masters level in Integrative Psychotherapy. In my early counselling practice, much of my work was centred around classic CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). As an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy , I work under their ethical guidelines.
Postgraduate certificate (2016)
Tavistock & Portman, London NHS - University of East London
Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations (D4).
MA Integrative Psychotherapy (2011)
London School of Theology
Models of therapy studied: Integrative Psychotherapy, Contemporary Cognitive Approaches, Schema Therapy & Narrative Therapy, Addictions & Family Therapy (Systems of Relationship).
BA (Hons) Theology & Counselling (2010)
London School of Theology
The counselling element of the BA is accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
Models of Therapy included; Integrative Person-Centred CBT & Family Therapy
September 2021 - Webinar: Moving Through & Being Moved By.
January 2021 - Webinar: The Hungry Ghost, Gabor Mate.
January 2020 - Single session therapy with Prof. Windy Dryden.
March 2019 - Complex Trauma, Disassociation & Flashbacks.
November 2017 - Trauma Focussed CBT for PTSD (2 days).
CAREER TO DATE
2019 - present Occasional pro bono work at ‘Oxygen’ connected to Drug Link in Hemel Hempstead.
2017 - present Private counselling practice.
2016 - July 2021 During a break in counselling in 2015, I worked for a local police force, advising the public on scams, fraud, cyber-crime and encouraging cooperation with Neighbourhood Watch.
2011 - August 2015 Therapist & Systemic Practitioner at Kids Company, Kilburn, London NW10, a charity for disadvantaged children, known for its self-referral key-worker model. Children were assessed and assigned a key-worker and counsellor, who supported their needs. The charity was spread over four street-centres and in partnership with 31 schools across London.
2007 - 2010 During my time at university, I organised a counselling placement for myself in a large church in Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks.
2007 - 2009 Counsellor at New Hope in Watford. I counselled staff at the charity which helps homeless, addicts and alcoholics.
2003 - 2006 Conference Organiser, ISAAC, (Institute of Substance Abuse & Addiction Coalition) in Reading, which is an international charity tackling the problem of substance misuse and addiction for which I organised and led a global conference in Cairo.