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February 2, 2024

Opportunities to Enhance Your Skills

Opportunities to Enhance Your Skills

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Hot off the Press

New Team Member

We’re thrilled to announce the newest member of our incredible team – Agnieszka Carruthers. Aggie has joined us to support some of our social media initiatives, for example ‘Theory Tuesday’. Aggie is not just a BACP registered counsellor but also a true enthusiast in the world of Transactional Analysis. She holds a Diploma in TA and a Masters in Pedagogy, showcasing her dedication to personal and professional growth.

Discover the Ideal Space for Your Practice at Physis Scotland

We are delighted that we have several trainees and qualified counsellors, utilising our cosy therapy rooms for their clients. At Physis Scotland, we understand the significance of creating a nurturing environment for both students and clients to flourish. Our carefully crafted rooms in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End are designed to offer a warm, welcoming, and intimate space for growth and success.

Our thoughtfully designed rooms cater to a variety of needs, providing the perfect backdrop for individual counselling, couples therapy, group sessions, family work, and even larger training groups. Whether you’re a newly qualified practitioner or a seasoned professional, our vibrant space awaits you.


Find out more about the spaces and how to book a room.

New Developments

Behind the scenes, we are working on some exciting new developments. We hope to announce more about them in our next newsletter, which will be out in the Spring.

Physis Scotland Connect

Have you joined our after-training community members group, Physis Scotland Connect yet? It is run by the community with our support, for those who have completed at least a year of Core Training at either Physis Scotland, Physis Training, CPTI or EICP (and are no longer training there).  There are many benefits to joining including regular Connect gatherings, on Zoom, where former students come together to discuss topics, share ideas and support each other.

The next online event is:

Wednesday 7th February 2024 7.00 – 8.00pm GMT

The Language of Parts. Open Discussion

What negative connotations may this language have?

How do we relate this in TA? The moment we become curious about parts, might we be able to develop a different perspective and compassion for these parts? Might we have conflicting parts? How might we then think about integration? Please join us for an open discussion in considering these questions – and not all may be discussed or answered.

Find out more about Membership, Benefits and Future Events

How are You Managing your Energy Levels while Studying and Juggling Life?

Fiona Melvin-Farr, our Marketing Consultant also runs an online health and wellness business.  Discover Fiona’s advice on energising your days, from keeping ourselves hydrated to getting outside and enjoying the fresh air – or even dancing around your kitchen.

Fiona’s top tips for managing your energy can be found in our latest blog.

Inspirational Training or CPD Clinical Masterclass Workshops

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (in-person)

Applications are now open for the Foundation Year course commencing September 2024

An exciting opportunity to gain counselling and communications skills or perhaps even the beginning of a change in your career.

This stimulating course is offered over 10 weekends in 10 months. Join Fiona Cook, PTSTA and Fiona Firman PTSTA in our warm, relaxed spaces in the heart of the West End of Edinburgh and

  • Launch your counselling and psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis with highly qualified tutors
  • Embark on a journey of self-discovery with others
  • Learn how to become more reflexive
  • Revitalise your academic writing skills with support from our Academic Advisor
  • Belong in a caring group environment where relationships matter

Completing a TA101 workshop is a requirement for joining the Foundation Year.

Find out more

TA101 – Understanding You, Me and Us
An Introduction to Transactional Analysis

2 day online 16th and 17th March 2024
Fiona Cook PTSTA and Fiona Firman PTSTA

Have you ever wondered why…..

  • you do the things you do?
  • you think the way you think?
  • you behave the way you behave?
  • you feel the way you feel?
  • you are different from all others?

Then this is the course for you. The 2-day Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA 101) answers these questions and many more offering a compassionate lens to take a closer look at how and why you fit into your world.

Book now

Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Commencing October 2024
Tutor Nicky Worrall, TSTA
In-person and online

This popular and robust course is perfect for experienced counsellors or psychotherapists excited to expand their practice into Supervision. The Physis Scotland Diploma has Advanced Specialist training recognition with the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) and awarded full COSCA validation.

The programme is an integrative supervision training drawing on TA philosophy and based on a wide range of theories. The Diploma is aligned with the BACP Supervision Core Competencies. Delivered over 10 days using a blended approach of face-to-face and online training, this will involve a highly interactive and experiential training process focusing on both supervisory skills and theoretical knowledge.

Knowledge of Transactional Analysis (TA) is not a prerequisite for this course.

Find out more

Certificate in Couples Work

Commencing April 2024
Tutor Jennie Miller, PSTA
In-person and online

Dedicated counsellors and passionate psychotherapists, are you ready to develop your skills in the specialist field of Couples Work?  If so, we have fantastic news for you.

Introducing the transformative Certificate in Couples Work, led by the incredible trainer and renowned author, Jennie Miller, PTSTA.  This is your chance to specialise in the field of helping couples thrive.

Under Jennie’s guidance, you will learn the skills of Couples Work through her model ‘The Key to Couples Work’.  Get ready to explore every facet of working with couples, gaining insights that will set you apart.

Over four months, you will experience 8 days of interactive and experiential training.  Held on Fridays and Saturdays, the course will be delivered by a blended approach of online and face-to-face training.

Knowledge of Transactional Analysis (TA) is not a requirement for this course.

Jennie Miller, PTSTA shares a snapshot of the Course.

More information and how to apply

Taster Couples Work

Online evening workshop 21st February 2024 18.00 – 19.30 GMT
Jennie Miller, PTSTA

“When will we three meet again…”

Have you considered couples work but found the thought of moving from one client to two daunting? Maybe you have tried it and found it challenging in unexpected ways. This workshop will lift the curtain on what are the differences, challenges and how training in couples work can be stimulating and rewarding.

Book now

Certificate in Group Work

Commencing April 2024
Tutor Bev Gibbons TSTA (P)
In-person and online

Are you eager to enhance your expertise in group facilitation and training?

Join this outstanding course, specifically designed to benefit professionals in counselling, psychotherapy, social work, teaching, HR, and all other caring fields. this interactive and experiential learning journey will immerse participants in the principles of “we-ness,” present-centred relating, and shared responsibility as outlined by Tudor and Summers (2015).

The dynamic Certificate course is open to participants from all modalities of psychotherapy.

Book now


View all Physis Scotland Training Courses


CPD: Deep Dive Series of Workshops for Students and Newly Qualified Practitioners

2-hour evening online workshops – only £10.
Book the first 4 and join the 5th for FREE – see website for details.
Ben Groves CTA (P)

Expand your knowledge and gain confidence in applying TA skills to your practice.

1. Relationship Centred Permission, Protection and Potency
📅 Monday, 4th March 2024 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

2. Understanding and Treating Shame
📅 Monday, 11th March 2024 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

3️. Many Chairs to Explore the Multiplicity of Self
📅 Monday, 18th March 2024 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

4️. Script System as a Diagnostic Tool
📅 Monday, 25th March 2024 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

5. Undeveloped Self Model, a way of Understanding Trauma in 3rd Order Structure

Find out more about this Deep Dive series

CPD: Process Group Therapy Marathon

2-day online Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March 2024
John Paradise CTA(P) PTSTA(P)

The opportunity to experience yourself in a group therapy setting. An experiential workshop drawing upon our co-created experience of being in a group – will help you explore areas such as contracting, boundaries and the use of a group to facilitate change.

John will be drawing upon group theory from Berne (Transactional Analysis) and Tuckman & Jensen.

Places are limited to 12 – don’t miss out, sign up now.

Book Now


View all Physis Scotland CPD workshops


As the days begin to lighten, we are loving the vibrancy that our students and tutors are bringing to Drumsheugh Gardens and online.  We hope those of you who are currently studying with us are feeling stimulated, challenged and enjoying your time together with fellow students.

Perhaps some of the exciting courses and CPD workshops we have in the pipeline will appeal and we look forward to welcoming future students to Physis Scotland.

If you have any questions about any of the courses drop us an email or call the mobile at 07927 557217.

Warm wishes

Fiona Firman and Fiona Cook
Directors of Training, Physis Scotland

Coming Up

February 21, 2024 6:00 pm
Taster – Couples Work
Registration closed
March 4, 2024 6:00 pm
Relationship Centred Permission, Protection and Potency
Register by: 2 March 2024
March 7, 2024 6:00 pm
TA Taster Session – Online
Register by: 6 March 2024
March 11, 2024 6:00 pm
Understanding and Treating Shame
Register by: 9 March 2024
March 15, 2024 10:00 am
Process Group Marathon
Register by: 13 March 2024
March 16, 2024 10:00 am
TA 101 – Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Register by: 13 March 2024
March 18, 2024 6:00 pm
Many Chairs to Explore the Clients Multiplicity of Self
Register by: 16 March 2024
March 25, 2024 6:00 pm
Script System as a Diagnostic Tool
Register by: 23 March 2024
April 12, 2024 10:00 am
Certificate in Couples Work
Register by: 18 March 2024
April 13, 2024 10:00 am
Certificate in Group Work
Register by: 29 March 2024
April 14, 2024 10:00 am
Setting up in Private Practice
Register by: 12 April 2024
April 15, 2024 6:00 pm
Undeveloped Self Model, a way of Understanding Trauma in 3rd Order Structure
Register by: 13 April 2024
June 15, 2024 10:00 am
‘The Silent Scream’ – Working With Clients Who Self-Harm
Register by: 12 June 2024
September 27, 2024 9:30 am
Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA) 2024-2025
Register by: 30 August 2024
October 19, 2024 9:30 am
Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2024-25
Register by: 20 September 2024

Please click here to book an event, or get in touch if you would like more information about our Training and CPD workshops.