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Autumn Leaves and Eves

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Launching ‘Autumn Leaves and Eves’ As we reflect on another fantastic year and congratulate all our students for such hard work, engagement and commitment to their studies, we are really excited and energised at Physis Scotland, as we look forward to the Autumn and the start of the new Academic Year.

To kick this off, we are happy to announce the launch of our new ‘Autumn Leaves and Eves’ series. Recognising how busy many of you are, this is an opportunity to sign up for bite-sized 2-hour online evening CPD workshops. Some topics coming up in the series are based on the feedback from our recent survey, where we asked you to help us plan our programme.  Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete the survey.

Scroll down to find out about the first two topics in this series.

Wonderful Feedback We were absolutely thrilled and grateful to receive such wonderful feedback from our Externa Examiner.  At Physis Scotland we strive to deliver excellence in our training and to have this validated by our valued Peer is so heartening.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow

In our blog this month Alan Rooney, one of our Advanced Year 1 students shares with you some of his journey and how he is discovering his ‘crock of gold’ at the end of his rainbow. If you are thinking about training in counselling or psychotherapy or making other changes in your life, you may find Alan’s writing offers you the inspiration and courage to start.

We welcome blog ideas/stories from students or trainers.  If you would be interested, please get in touch.


Training or CPD workshops coming up

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

2nd Cohort – commencing October 2022.  Applications welcome.

With our 1st cohort full, we are thrilled to offer spaces in our 2nd group commencing October 2022.

Thinking about a change of career into counselling?  Or would you love to develop your communications skills at deeper level and understand how we as humans interact? Perhaps your role at work involves coaching and mentoring?

Join this part-time course (20 days – over weekends, October to July) and gain the Physis Scotland Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis. Our Foundation Year programme can be taken as a standalone course or the first year in our COSCA validated Diploma in Counselling using TA. All teaching will take place in our beautiful spaces in the West End of Edinburgh, apart from the two weekends in December and January.

Facilitators, the dynamic duo of Fiona Firman PTSTA and Fiona Cook, PTSTA look forward to welcoming you to the course.

Diploma in Counselling Supervision Commencing October 2022

A popular and excellent course for experienced counsellors and psychotherapists ready and excited to expand their practice into the valuable area of Supervision.

Course Tutor Nicky Worrall TSTA, is an expert in this field, with her own psychotherapy and supervision practice. Nicky will provide a place for practitioners to grow and develop both personally and professionally emulating the supervision experience. Knowledge of Transactional Analysis (TA) is not a prerequisite for this course.

The Diploma course has Advanced Specialist training recognition with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and awarded full COSCA validation.

TA101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA) 15th and 16th October 2022

Have you personally found therapy or coaching helpful for you, to overcome a challenge or trauma in your life or career or are you just curious about who you are and wonder why you behave the way you do in certain situations?  Do you think you might enjoy exploring some fascinating concepts including, how we communicate and interact with ourselves and others?

If so, please join us for a fun, experiential weekend workshop and explore how we all communicate and the impact of human behaviour on our personal and professional relationships. This could be the conduit to training further in counselling & psychotherapy if you were to consider a career change or just give you a deeper understanding of interpersonal relationships.

Tutor Nicky Worrall, TSTA (P)

Mock Exam Day 3rd September 2022

TA students, are you considering sitting your Diploma Exam? Perhaps you are preparing for the CTA oral examination?

The Mock Exam Day, facilitated by Fiona Firman PTSTA, Fiona Cook PTSTA and Helen Rowland TSTA, will help demystify the exam process and give you lots of confidence. You will gain experience both from the examiner and examinee perspective.


Autumn Leaves and Eves – Online Evening 2-hour CPD Workshops

CPD: Supervision, Casting off the Cloak of Invisibility 8th September 2022 6pm – 8pm

An opportunity to explore the theme of invisibility and visibility in supervision. Ideal for supervisees, supervisors, trainee supervisors or perfect if you are considering joining the Physis Scotland Diploma in Counselling Supervision, commencing October 2022.  Will give you a flavour of the course.

Facilitator and expert trainer Nicky Worrall TSTA (P), is also the Tutor for the Diploma in Counselling Supervision at Physis Scotland.

CPD: When Two Become Three 6th October 2022 6pm – 8pm

Thought about working with couples but unsure?  Come and ask your questions and see if this might be a new venture for you. It’s not unusual for practitioners to feel unskilled when it comes to working with a couple and this can put them off what is a very interesting and exciting area of therapeutic work.

In this workshop, we will ponder the differences from couple work to individual and learn a few tips on how to work with a couple along the way. Transactional Analysis offers many wonderful concepts and models for working with couples. For this workshop, there is no need for prior knowledge of TA.

Facilitator, couples counselling expert Jennie Miller, PTSTA

One Day or Two Day CPD Programme

CPD Healing Trauma the Equine Way 16th September 2022 – Cumbria in-person

Horses can teach us so much about being fully present in the moment.  This is an important aspect of helping someone recover from trauma.

Join this unique and fascinating 1-day workshop, in a beautiful, rural setting in Cumbria. Gain an experiential understanding of equine assisted learning and psychotherapy and how this can support trauma recovery.

Facilitators Coral Harrison, PTSTA and Olivia Drinkwater, Equine Specialist

CPD Post Natal Depression – A Contemporary Approach 5th November 2022 – Edinburgh, In-Person

Counsellors or Psychotherapists who are interested in working with parents or would like to explore the depth of the PND phenomena, join this stimulating CPD workshop. Led by expert trainer Ronen Stilman, TTA we will look at the contributing factors, symptoms, diagnosis and assessments, as well as review and critique a range of theoretical and clinical frameworks. This will allow you to work effectively and ethically with PND clients.

CPD Attached to Technology Exploring Identity and Human Relating in a Virtual and Corporeal World 28th and 29th January 2023 – Online

Ronen Stilman PTSTA, expert trainer and with a background in technology will explore

  1. how our relationship with technology affects how we relate and identify

  2. implications at an Intra-psychic, Interpersonal, and Systemic (social & political) level

  3. how might this inform us as individuals and practitioners

Join what will be a fascinating online workshop

CPD Setting up in Private Practice 

5th February 2023 – online

Join this one-day online workshop to provide you with a solid foundation to ensure your Private Practice is safe, ethical and successful.  Focus on what needs to be in place before working with clients and how to market yourself as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Facilitators Fiona Firman, PTSTA and Fiona Melvin-Farr, Marketing Consultant


We wish you all a wonderful summer.  For those of you who have just completed the 2021 – 2022 academic year, we hope you are taking time out to relax and rejuvenate.  We really look forward to welcoming all of our students and trainers back in the Autumn, for the start of an exciting year ahead, either in a training cohort or one of our many CPD workshops.

In the meantime, if you do have any questions please get in touch via email or mobile at 07927 557217.

Best wishes

Fiona Firman, Fiona Cook, Sheila Beare and Jennie Miller Directors, Physis Scotland


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