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

Fiona Firman, PTSTA
Director of Training

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 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 and supervision practice in central Edinburgh where she works with individuals and couples.  She 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

Fiona Cook, PTSTA
Director of Training

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 plans the annual training 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 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.

Core Tutors

Sheila Beare - Foundation Year Core Tutor

Sheila Beare, PTSTA
Foundation Year Core Tutor

Sheila has a thriving private practice in Markinch in Fife which she has developed over the last 17 years. She provides workplace and clinical supervision as well as psychotherapy.

Sheila has many years’ experience as a trainer and enjoys bringing what we read on the page to life.

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 is an experienced and qualified UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, and has a private practice based in Edinburgh city centre.

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

He has previously taught in a variety of continuous professional development courses such as Working with Couples, Narrative Change Identity Structure and Post Natal Depression.

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.

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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.

Jennie Miller - Trainer

Jennie Miller, PTSTA
Trainer

Jennie Miller is a TA Psychotherapist based in Edinburgh Scotland. In private practice seeing 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.

A published author of Boundaries, How to Draw the Line in Your Head, Heart and Home, 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 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.

Student Support

Carol Remfrey Foote - Academic Student Support Advisor

Carol Remfrey Foote, CTA
Academic Student Support Advisor

Carol is thrilled to the Physis Scotland Academic Student Support Advisor.

Carol’s background is 30 years in the NHS as a Senior Nurse.  She completed her first degree a BSc (Hons) Advanced Nursing Practice in the 1st cohort of Nurse Practitioners in Scotland.  Carol then completed a Master of Philosophy in research with children’s attitudes to tobacco use.  In 2012 Carol began psychotherapy training in 2012 in what was the CPTI which evolved into Physis.  She was delighted to be awarded the UKTA Diploma and UKATA medal in 2016.  In May 2019 Carol gained the CTA (P).

Carol is enjoying being a part of the Physis Scotland Training team supporting the work of the two Fionas and Physis Trainees on their TA training adventure.

St Andrews Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Deirdre Gillespie

Deirdre Gillespie, Dip 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

Fiona Melvin Farr

Fiona Melvin-Farr
Marketing

Fiona Melvin-Farr, BA (HONS), MCIM, a CIM accredited Chartered Marketeer and marketing consultant, established fiona melvin-farr consulting in 2001. Fiona is excited about business, working closely with her clients, to support growth and development through strategic marketing planning and communications. Fiona works with clients across a range of sectors for example property, professional services and not-for-profit. She has served as a Board Member for a number of organisations including most recently, a housing charity.

In March 2018, Fiona was invited to work with Fiona Firman and Fiona Cook to develop and implement the marketing strategy for the newly established Physis Scotland, during the transferral of the business from the former Physis Training Ltd.

Fiona continues to be an integral member of the Physis Scotland team, promoting our courses, project managing the redevelopment of the website and advising on branding and communications.

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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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