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Our Team

Beginning in 2017 with two people and one shared vision, the Physis Scotland team has now expanded into a full team of skilled academic tutors and support staff, who contribute to our training programme from all across the UK and various corners of the globe.

Fiona Firman
Physis Director Fiona Firman
Fiona Firman, PTSTA (P)
Partner, Director of Training and Foundation Year Core Tutor

​Fiona is a Core Tutor to our Foundation students, Director of Training and a Partner with Physis Scotland.

Fiona leads the overall development of the Physis Scotland training programme, its syllabus and accreditation with UKATA, UKCP and COSCA, and the National Counselling Society.

Fiona is passionate about teaching TA and supporting people’s growth and development on a personal and professional basis through the use of TA.  She is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and an accredited COSCA Diploma trainer.  Fiona co-teaches on the Foundation Year programme, as well as offering specialised CPD workshops.

In addition to leading the programme at Physis Scotland, Fiona has a private psychotherapy practice in Edinburgh where she works with individuals and couples. 

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.

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Fiona Cook, PTSTA (P)
Partner, Director of Training and Foundation Year Core Tutor

Fiona is a Core Tutor to our Foundation students, Director of Training and a Partner with Physis Scotland.

Fiona is a Certified Transactional Analyst and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, a qualified supervisor and COSCA accredited Diploma trainer. Working in partnership with Fiona Firman, Fiona co-tutors the Foundation Year and manages the Physis Scotland training programme, its syllabus and accreditation with UKATA, UKCP and COSCA, and the National Counselling Society.

Fiona has a small private practice in Edinburgh, offering psychotherapy and supervision.

Fiona has a background in the NHS as a Registered Nurse Teacher and Facilitator.  She also developed a successful freelance practice development consultancy business (smallchangeBIGDIFFERENCE).

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.

Fiona Cook
Jo Crichton, Programme Manager
Jo Crichton
Programme Manager and PA to the two Fionas

Jo manages the day-to-day running of our training programme, supporting student enquiries, maintaining records and ensuring the overall smooth running of Physis Scotland’s’ administration. In addition, Jo acts as Personal Assistant to Physis Scotland’s Directors of Training, Fiona Firman and Fiona Cook.

Jo is a skilled people and programmes manager, with extensive experience in the corporate sector and HR.  In addition, Jo is a TA Counsellor with considerable experience in both the voluntary and her own private practice

As a graduate of Physis Scotland’s Diploma programme, Jo knows the student experience inside out.  She offers a warm welcome as first point of contact to all existing and new student enquiries.

Dee Gillespie, Programme and Quality Assurance Advisor
Dee Gillespie
Programme and Quality Assurance Advisor

Dee provides Programme and Quality Assurance support for Physis Scotland, assisting with the development of policies, processes development, and Physis Scotland publications.

Dee has considerable background experience in training programme administration and management and has been involved with the TA training programme in Scotland since 2008.  She is an experienced TA Counsellor who has worked with several charity and voluntary counselling services, as well as currently in private practice in Edinburgh. 

Dee supports Physis Scotland with the development and review of our policies, publications and overall processes, as well as being one of our team of assignment markers.

Academic Tutors

Ben Groves
Ben Groves CTA (P), Foundation Year Online - Core Tutor
Ben Groves CTA (P) 
Foundation Year Online – Core Tutor

Ben is Core Tutor to our Foundation Year Online students.

 

Ben is a qualified psychotherapist based in York.  Having previously worked as a social worker for over 10 years, Ben started his private practice ‘Flux Therapy’ in 2019.  

 

In addition to offering psychotherapy and training, Ben also offers supervision and consultancy. Ben has a deep passion for working with and helping people in the most effective ways he can.

Elaine Sweeting, PTSTA (P) Advanced Year 1 Core Tutor
Ellaine Sweeting, PTSTA (P)
Advanced Year 1 Core Tutor

Ellaine is Core Tutor to our Advanced Year 1 students.

Ellaine is a Certified Transactional Analyst, UKCP registered psychotherapist and qualified supervisor and trainer based in Surrey.  She is working towards her PhD, researching how the education and examination of Transactional Analysis (TA) psychotherapists is impacted by videoconferencing.

In her private practice, Ellaine works with clients and supervisees worldwide. She has a particular interest in weight and food-related issues and has worked with many clients in this area.  Ellaine’s philosophy is to facilitate and support her clients, supervisees and trainees to understand and celebrate themselves at each stage of their journey towards fulfilment, and in all aspects of their lives.

Ellaine Sweeting

Norma Mckinnon Fathi, PTSTA (P) Advanced Year 2 Core Tutor
Norma McKinnon Fathi, PTSTA (P)
Advanced Year 2 Core Tutor

Norma is Core Tutor to our Advanced Year 2 students.

 

Norma is an experienced trainer, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Supervisor, and qualified Community Worker.  In addition to training Advanced students on our programme, Norma is an Academic Director on an Integrative Counselling Diploma.

Norma is Cofounder and Director of an organisation that provides counselling services to Refugees and has authored articles for several publications about her clinical work with this group.  Norma has additional extensive experience in managing clinical services at a national charity.

Helen Rowland, TSTA (P) Advanced Year 3 Core Tutor, Exam Preparation Group Tutor, Reading
Helen Rowland, TSTA (P)
Advanced Year 3 Core Tutor, Exam Preparation Group Tutor, Reading Group Facilitator and Visiting Tutor

Helen is Core Tutor to our Advanced Year 3 students, Exam Preparation Group Tutor and Visiting Tutor to our Advanced clinical year groups. Helen also facilitates the student reading group at Physis Scotland.

 

Helen is a TA trainer, psychotherapist and Supervisor based in Innerleithen in the Borders.  Helen is also a co-editor of the Transactional Analysis Journal.

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 Rowland

Ronen Stilman, TSTA (P) Extended Training Group Tutor and Certificate in Somatic Transacti
Ronen Stilman, TSTA (P)
Extended Training Group Tutor

Ronen is the Extended Training Group tutor at Physis Scotland.

 

Ronen is a TA trainer, psychotherapist, and supervisor, working with individuals, couples and practitioners from his Edinburgh practice and within Cyberspace.

Ronen has a keen interest in humans and how they relate and identify in the context of culture, politics and society, integrating his background in technology and organisational change.  Ronen has authored several articles published in the Transactional Analysis Journal.

Ronen Stilman

Nicky Worrall, TSTA (P) Diploma in Counselling Supervision Tutor
Nicky Worrall, TSTA (P)
Diploma in Counselling Supervision Tutor

Nicky is the Tutor for the Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision.

 

Nicky is a TA psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, with a special interest in supervision.

Nicky has been in practice since 2004.  She currently has a private practice based in Winchester working with clients and supervises and is a Foundation Year Tutor at Peter Symonds College.  She is also a member of the UKATA Ethics Committee.

Nicky Worrall Counselling

Vanessa Williams, PTSTA (O) Diploma in UndersTAnding Organisations Tutor
Vanessa Williams PTSTA (O)​
Diploma in UndersTAnding Organisations Tutor

Vanessa is the Tutor for the Physis Scotland Diploma in UndersTAnding Organisations.

 

Vanessa is a qualified TA practitioner (CTA), teacher and supervisor (PTSTA) in Organisational TA.  She has a passion for enabling others develop and achieve their full potential.  She teaches Organisational TA and supports students along their journey towards the professional exams.   Vanessa also holds an MBA and is a fellow member of the CIPD. 

 

Alongside teaching Organisational TA, Vanessa is an organisation development consultant and executive coach.  She specialises in leadership and practitioner development (HRBP, OD, Consultancy, Facilitation and Coaching) as well as soft skills training.  She is also an associate trainer with Henley Business School and Roffey Park Management School.

Vanessa Williams

Marguerite Sacco, PTSTA (O) Diploma in UndersTAnding Organisations Tutor
Marguerite Sacco, PTSTA (O)
Diploma in UndersTAnding Organisations Tutor

Marguerite is the Tutor for the Physis Scotland Diploma in UndersTAnding Organisations.

Marguerite is a qualified TA practitioner (CTA), teacher and supervisor (PTSTA) in Organisational TA with over 20 years’ experience in organisational development.  Marguerite has collaborated across various sectors, including government institutions, the South African Air Force, universities, schools, finance, manufacturing, and the service industry.  She has a passion for leading group sessions, fostering meaningful exchanges and facilitating learning.  

Marguerite is the Vice President of the South African Transactional Analysis Association and the President-Elect of the International Transactional Analysis Association.  She is a board member of a NPO working among victims of poverty and violent crime in the townships of South Africa.
 

Marguerite Sacco

Bev Gibbons, TSTA (P) Certificate in Group Work Tutor
Bev Gibbons, TSTA (P)
Certificate in Group Work Tutor

Bev is the Tutor for the Certificate in Group Work at Physis Scotland.

Bev has many years of experience as a trainer, supervisor and therapist in private practice.

Bev is passionate about getting TA ‘out there’ so that as many people as possible can have the opportunity to experience themselves positively through its great potential to transform.  Bev 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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Kelly Scharver, LPC
Kelly Scharver, LPC
Certificate in Couples Work Tutor

Kelly is the Tutor for the Certificate in Couples Work at Physis Scotland.

Kelly specialises in developmental model couples counselling and owns a private practice in Virginia Beach, VA, USA. Kelly is one of Dr. Ellyn Bader’s trainers at the Couples Institute in California. She actively uses the Bader-Pearson Developmental Model to help couples unveil what is keeping them stuck and guide them to positive growth. Kelly is passionate about working with couples and continually stretches herself personally and professionally to enrich her skill set. Kelly has an MA in Professional Counselling and BA in Psychology and Fine Arts. 

Kelly also has in-depth training in Re-decision Therapy from Vann Joines at the Southeast Institute and is trained in energy psychology protocols. She has found combining these modalities within the Developmental Model structure allows her to work deeply and effectively with couples.  She has also been in partnership with her husband for over 23 years and has two daughters. When she isn’t with her family or working with couples, she can be found playing beach volleyball or surfing. 

Ellaine Sweetng
Norma McKinnon Fathi
Helen Rowland
Ronen Stilman
Nicky Worrall
Vanessa Williams
Marguerite Sacco
Bev Gibbons
Kelly Scharver

Visiting Tutors

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Andy Williams, TSTA (P)
Andy Williams, TSTA (P)
Visiting Tutor

Andy is a Visiting Tutor with the Advanced Year 2 and 3 clinical years.

Andy has a passion for delivering training and workshops and has been a key speaker at several Physis “All Together Days”.Andy has a strong interest in Eco-TA and taking his practice outdoors.His research interests include the supervisee’s experience of supervision, Eco-TA and the management of risk in private practice.

 

Andy has been working therapeutically since 1999 and has a psychotherapy and supervision practice  in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Sheila Beare, PTSTA (P) Physis Scotland Alumni Community
Sheila Beare, PTSTA (P)
Visiting Tutor

Sheila is a Visiting Tutor with the Advanced clinical year groups and also regularly teaches TA 101 courses at Physis Scotland.

Sheila is a COSCA accredited Diploma and Counselling Skills trainer.

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.

Andy Williams
Sheila Beare

Support for Learning Staff

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

Mary provides academic student support for all trainees in our core training programme. 

Mary is a Counsellor and EMDR accredited practitioner working in private practise in East Lothian.  In addition to her UKATA Diploma in TA counselling, Mary has a Masters in TA Counselling from Queen Margaret University.

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.

Mary’s areas of counselling and research interest are in working with clients who’ve experienced a hostile and stressful work environment.

Nea Clark, PTSTA (P) Learning Student Support Advisor
Nea Clark, PTSTA (P)
Learning Student Support Advisor

Nea offers learning support advice to all students who experience barriers to learning.

Nea Clark is a Psychotherapist (MSc), Supervisor, Trainer, Coach and NLP practitioner based in Leeds.  Nea specialises in neurodiversity and most of her clients and supervisees are diagnosed with ADHD or other neurodivergent conditions.

Nea works with adult individuals, couples and groups, supporting them to understand and embrace their personal wiring, so they can effectively minimize stress and maximize well-being.

Nea is neurodivergent herself with dyslexia and ADHD and is also a mother of a teenager who has dyslexia and ADHD.

Nea enjoys empowering neurodivergent clients and trainees to discover their own potential. She is particularly interested in supporting her clients and trainees to become more aware of what drains them and how they can soothe themselves, learning to manage their emotions and unlock brain capacity.

Lisa Cherry-Byrnes, Diploma in Counselli
Lisa Cherry-Byrnes, Diploma in Counselling using TA
Advanced Year 1 Assistant Tutor and Placement Advisor

Lisa offers support around all aspects of student placement.

Lisa works with Physis Scotland as the Placement Advisor to our students. She is committed to building solid working relationships with placement providers as well as working with trainees to assist at any stage of their placement journey; be it the first questions around placement, to the process of C.V. and supporting document writing and application form filling right up to queries in current placement and the 2nd placement search.

Lisa is a TA psychotherapeutic counsellor working in private practice in Edinburgh and Midlothian, she has been seeing clients since 2013.  Lisa also holds her Diploma in Counselling Supervision and delivers ‘pre-supervision’ groups to help Physis TA trainees prepare for their first placements.  Lisa also supports teaching on the programme by offering observer feedback to Foundation Year students practising their skills, and by being one of our team of assignment markers.

Mary O’Neill
Nea Clark
Lisa Cherry-Byrnes
Sheila Beare
Programme Support Staff
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Wendy Maltman
Marketing Strategy

Wendy and her team at The Malting House develop and implement the marketing strategy, branding and communications for Physis Scotland.

Established in 2003, The Malting House is a design and marketing consultancy based in Dundee. Wendy works across a range of sectors including health and wellbeing, not-for-profit, hospitality and tourism, to support her clients to reach their ambitions. Wendy is an active member of Rotary and serves as Vice Chair of Dundee Museum of Transport.

 

The Malting House

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Agnieszka Carruthers
Social Media

Agnieszka supports Physis Scotland by creating social media content and engaging with the public.

Agnieszka is a BACP registered counsellor working online in private practice in Cumbria. Agnieszka holds a Diploma in Transactional Analysis and a Masters in Pedagogy.  Her areas of particular interest are transgenerational trauma, Eco TA and neurodivergence, specifically ADHD.

Agnieszka has a passion for art and enjoys the benefits of being outdoors.  She is passionate about helping raise awareness of TA and supports Physis Scotland to do this through social media platforms.

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