Meet the team

Training to be a counsellor or psychotherapist is all about relationships and the people you will learn with, so here’s an introduction to the Physis Scotland people you will get to know on your journey.

Fiona Firman - Director and Foundation Year Core Tutor

Fiona Firman, PTSTA
Director of Training and Foundation Year Core Tutor

Working in partnership with Fiona Cook, Fiona has overall charge of the ongoing Physis Scotland Counselling and Psychotherapy training programme, its syllabus and accreditation with UKATA, UKCP and COSCA. She also has overall charge of the ongoing Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision Programme, its syllabus and validation with COSCA and Advanced Specialist Recognition with the National Counselling Society. In addition, Fiona plans the annual calendar and CPD workshops.

Fiona co-teaches on the Foundation Year programme and liaises with all other trainers involved in delivery of the courses offered at Physis Scotland.  She is the contact point for all trainees currently attending the programme.

Fiona has a busy full-time psychotherapy practice in central Edinburgh where she works with individuals and couples, as well as being a qualified supervisor and trainer. She is an accredited COSCA Diploma trainer. Fiona is passionate about teaching TA and supporting people’s growth and development on a personal and professional basis through the use of TA.

Fiona has extensive experience in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse within the voluntary & statutory sectors, as well as in her private practice. She also has a special interest in working with clients who have a Borderline process, &/or a formal diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Chrysallis Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fiona Cook – Director and Foundation Year Core Tutor

Fiona Cook, PTSTA
Director of Training and Foundation Year Core Tutor

Working in partnership with Fiona Firman, Fiona has overall charge of the ongoing Physis Scotland Counselling and Psychotherapy training programme, its syllabus and accreditation with UKATA, UKCP and COSCA. She also has overall charge of the ongoing Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision Programme, its syllabus and validation with COSCA and Advanced Specialist Recognition with the National Counselling Society. In addition, Fiona plans the annual calendar and CPD workshops.

Fiona co-teaches on the Foundation Year programme and liaises with all other trainers involved in delivery of the courses offered at Physis Scotland. She is the contact point for all trainees currently attending the training programme.

Fiona is a Certified Transactional Analyst and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and has a small private practice in Edinburgh. She is also a qualified supervisor and COSCA accredited Diploma trainer.

Fiona has a background in the NHS as a Registered Nurse Teacher and Facilitator and also owns a successful freelance practice development consultancy business, (smallchangeBIGDIFFERENCE). Using TA, working with healthcare agencies across the UK and more recently in Australia in this capacity.

Fiona is passionate about TA and having a TA presence in Scotland and uses her knowledge and experience in all aspects of her work with clients as a facilitator of personal change, transformation and enhanced autonomy.

Sheila Beare - Director and Foundation Year  Core Tutor

Sheila Beare, PTSTA
Director and Foundation Year Core Tutor

Working in partnership with Fiona Firman, Fiona Cook and Jennie Miller, Sheila is part of the continuous reviewal and development process that Physis Scotland employ. Sheila is excited to be leading the development of our Physis Scotland Alumni community and working with this group to enable an ongoing connectedness for former students.

Sheila also works together with Fiona Firman and Fiona Cook to deliver the Foundation Year programme.

Sheila is an experienced Transactional Analysis UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, working with individuals, groups and organisations. She has a thriving full-time practice based in Markinch, Fife which she has developed since 2003. Sheila is a COSCA accredited Diploma and Counselling Skills trainer. Her philosophy of training is to bring what we read on the page to life.

 

Jennie Miller - Director and Certificate in Couples Work Tutor

Jennie Miller, PTSTA
Director and Certificate in Couples Work Trainer

Jennie Miller is a TA Psychotherapist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In her private practice she sees individuals and couples, as well as being a qualified supervisor and trainer. With many years of experience in working with couples Jennie has also delivered training in her model The Key to Couple Work, a short-term dynamic programme of therapy with any two people in a relationship; this has included working with the MOD and their Welfare Officers. This popular course is now available at Physis Scotland.

A published author of “Boundaries, Say No Without Guilt”, Harper Collins, a self-help book on all aspects of boundaries based on TA as well as many articles in the popular press including the Times, Guardian, Telegraph and magazines. Jennie also enjoys therapeutic story telling which is included in her training as well as a one-day course in how to use this ancient art.

Looking ahead, Jennie will be helping to expand the library at Physis Scotland and exploring the possibility of setting up a low-cost counselling service. This is something the whole team feel would be of benefit to our students and provide a valuable service to the local community.

Jennie Miller Counselling

Fiona Melvin-Farr - Director and Marketing Strategy

Fiona Melvin-Farr
Director and Marketing Strategy

Fiona Melvin-Farr a marketing consultant and CIM accredited Chartered Marketeer, has been working with Physis Scotland since launch, advising, developing and implementing the marketing strategy, branding and communications.  In 2021 Fiona joined the Partnership and will continue her role as marketing consultant and contribute as Director to the continued growth of Physis Scotland.

Fiona established her marketing consultancy in 2001 and works closely with clients to support their development, across a range of sectors including professional services, health, not-for-profit and hospitality.  She has served as a Board Member for a number of organisations including a housing charity.

fiona melvin-farr consulting

Core Tutors

Ronen Stilman - Advanced Year 1 Core Tutor and Diploma in Counselling Supervision Tutor

Ronen Stilman, PTSTA
Advanced Year 1 Core Tutor and Diploma in Counselling Supervision Tutor

Ronen PTSTA(P) MSc (TA psychotherapy) is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, working with individuals, couples and practitioners in his Edinburgh centre practice and in Cyberspace. He has a keen interest in Humans and how they relate and identify, integrating his background in technology and organisational change.

Ronen is a Core Tutor at Physis Scotland and also co-teaches on Physis Scotland’s COSCA validated Diploma in Counselling in Supervision Programme.

Ronen Stilman

Susie Hewitt - Advanced Year 2 Core Tutor

Susie Hewitt, PTSTA
Advanced Year 2 Core Tutor

Susie works with individuals, couples, families and runs 4 psychotherapy groups in her thriving and diverse private practice in North Manchester.

Susie graduated with her MSc in TA Psychotherapy at Middlesex University in July 2017 and was endorsed as a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) in August 2017 in Berlin.

Susie is a Primary Course Tutor at the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy and Core Tutor at Physis Scotland.

Susie Hewitt

Helen Rowland - Exam Preparation Group Tutor and Guest Trainer

Helen Rowland, PTSTA (P)
Exam Preparation Group Tutor and Guest Trainer

Helen is a TA psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer based in Innerleithen in the Borders.

Helen has been practising since 1997 and she has a special interest in cross modality and contemporary forms of psychotherapy and counselling that focus on the use of self and the therapeutic relationship. She has been practising online since 2018, offering supervision, training, and CPD in large and small groups online.

Helen is also a coeditor of the Transactional Analysis Journal.

Helen is Exam Preparation Group Tutor and Guest Trainer at Physis Scotland.

Helen Rowland

Bev Gibbons - Diploma in Counselling Supervision Tutor and Guest Trainer

Bev Gibbons, PTSTA
Diploma in Counselling Supervision Tutor and Guest Trainer

Bev is a PTSTA (P) and has a BA Hons in integrative counselling.  She works as a trainer, supervisor and therapist in private practice.

Bev co-teaches on Physis Scotland’s COSCA validated Diploma in Counselling Supervision programme, and is also a Guest Trainer at Physis Scotland.

Bev is passionate about getting TA ‘out there’ so that as many people as possible are aware of it and can have the opportunity to experience themselves positively through its great potential to transform. She is committed to working and developing work across all 4 TA fields, and to continuing to explore and experience the potential in relational, co-created processes.

Shoreline Training

Guest Trainers

Paul Redpath - Trainer

Paul Redpath, PTSTA
Trainer

Paul is a TA psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with a private practice based in Edinburgh.

Paul worked in secondary education in London for many years as he developed his interest in counselling and psychotherapy.

He trained in humanistic psychotherapy at Spectrum in London as well as studying psychodynamic counselling in Vancouver and mindfulness psychotherapy at The Karuna Institute in Devon.

Transactional Analysis is the foundation of  Paul’s work because of its accessible and sophisticated theoretical framework which provides for him a clear way of thinking about human personality and growth.

Paul is a Guest Trainer at Physis Scotland. He regularly delivers CPD workshops and TA 101 courses at Physis Scotland.

Redpath Counselling

Margaret Webb - Trainer

Margaret Webb, PTSTA
Trainer

Margaret is a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst. Prior to training as a therapist Margaret was a  secondary school teacher in mainstream and in special educational needs. On leaving teaching Margaret worked as a counsellor in a Primary Care Mental Health Team in the NHS where she used TA in developing and delivering Group interventions for patients suffering from anxiety /depression and in one to one therapy for mild to moderate mental health difficulties. She currently has a private practice in Glasgow offering counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and training.

Margaret is a Guest Trainer and regularly delivers CPD workshops at Physis Scotland.

Margaret Webb Counselling and Psychotherapy

Student Support

Carol Remfrey Foote - Academic Student Support Advisor

Mary O’Neill, PhD, MSc (TA Counselling)
Academic Student Support Advisor

Mary O’Neill works in private practise in East Lothian; she has a UKATA Diploma in TA counselling (2006) and a Masters in TA Counselling from Queen Margaret University (2015). Her areas of counselling and research interest are in working with clients who’ve experienced a hostile and stressful work environment. She is also an EMDR accredited practitioner.

Prior to her career as a counsellor, Mary worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the universities of Leeds and Edinburgh in the field of molecular biology and genetics.  Since 2004, she has taught Physiology and Human Biology at Edinburgh college and uses her knowledge of biology to inform her work with clients who have experienced trauma.

 

Deirdre Gillespie

Dee Gillespie, Diploma in Counselling using TA
Programme and Placement Advisor

Dee is a TA Counsellor in private practice in Edinburgh.

Dee has considerable background experience in training programme administration and management, and has been involved with the TA training programme in Scotland since 2008.

Dee provides a variety of support for Physis Scotland, including policy development, the development of Physis publications and general programme and placement support.

Administration

Olivia Burroughs

Olivia Burroughs, Administrator

Olivia is a History of Art Graduate with several years of Customer Service experience. She is an experienced Events Manager and has a passion for digital marketing and communications. Olivia has a special interest in working with small organisations and supporting their growth and development.

At Physis Scotland, Olivia supports all aspects of the day-to-day running and administration.

Olivia is currently completing a Diploma in Digital Marketing.

Hilary Collingwood

Hilary Collingwood
Bookkeeper

Hilary is an experienced bookkeeper with a background in the Retail Industry. Having followed the corporate path as a Senior Merchandiser for various large retailers, Hilary opened her own home interiors retail business, which she ran for 17 years.

Hilary’s skills in business management, bookkeeping and administration have recently led her to work with several small businesses in a variety of different roles. A self-confessed number-cruncher with an obsession for detail, Hilary has recently joined the Physis Scotland team as a freelance bookkeeper.

 

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