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Autumn News from Physis Scotland

The above link is to the newsletter in email format.

Hot off the Press

New Academic Year

We are already two months into the new Academic year and students are settling into their year groups. We are delighted for the first time to have two cohorts studying the Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis – such was the demand for places. Our Core Tutors, across all the years, are so impressed with the energy and commitment to hard work, that so many of the students are bringing to their weekends at Drumsheugh Gardens.  We look forward to supporting and enabling their learning over the winter months.

The Scottish Transactional Analysis Association (STAA) needs you.

The STAA promotes the use of Transactional Analysis across Scotland for example by developing the TA community in Scotland and promoting the use of TA in psychology, education and business.

Please join or re-join the STAA! The STAA membership has fallen over the pandemic and they are keen to re-connect our TA community and to have an in-person Conference in 2023. Find out more about membership and how to join.

They also need Committee members – if you are interested in this, please contact them at


Marketing Yourself as a Counsellor

As a counsellor in private practice, how do you raise awareness of your services?  In our latest blog, Fiona Melvin-Farr, Chartered Marketeer and Marketing Consultant to Physis Scotland, outlines some marketing tips, around a basic marketing model – the 4Ps of the ‘Marketing Mix’.

Fiona will be joining Director of Training, Fiona Firman to co-facilitate our February CPD ‘Setting up in Private Practice‘ – in which she will be focusing on how to market your counselling practice.

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


Training or CPD Workshops Coming Up

Certificate in Couples Work

Commencing April 2023 – applications welcome.

This course is led by Physis Scotland Director, Jennie Miller, PTSTA.  Jennie is a couples expert, trainer and author. She will be delivering the course over 8 days of interactive and experiential training, in a four-month period.

Watch this short video where Jennie introduces the course.

Counsellors & psychotherapists who are beginners in this area or more experienced couple practitioners who may like to incorporate this training into their practice will find this course stimulating.

Exploring all aspects of working with couples, Jennie will introduce you to her model ‘The Key to Couples Work’.

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

TA101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA) 7th and 8th January 2023 Tutor Sheila Beare, PTSTA

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.

Sounds intriguing?


CPD: Transcultural and Intersectional Ego State Model of the Self Evening online workshop 8th December 2022 6pm – 8pm

Sold Out – if you are keen to join, please email us and we can let you know if a cancellation emerges.

Victoria Baskerville, TSTA recently published an article in the Transactional Analysis Journal* on an exciting new Ego State model. We are absolutely thrilled to invite you to join Victoria as she presents the model.

A transcultural and intersectional Ego State model considering the influence of transculture and intersectional identity on self and other. The model considers the intersect and interplay between race, gender, and other cultural selves, accounting for the complexity of cultural experience and narrative.

Participants will be invited to consider their transcultural experience and locate their intersectional identity, thus accounting for power dynamics.

*Citation Victoria Baskerville (2022) A Transcultural and Intersectional Ego State Model of the Self: The Influence of Transcultural and Intersectional Identity on Self and Other, Transactional Analysis Journal, 52:3,228-243, DOI: 10.1080/03621537.2022.2076398

CPD: Attached to Technology Exploring Identity and Human Relating in a Virtual and Corporeal World

28th and 29th Janaury 2023

Ronen Stilman TSTA, an expert trainer, 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 weekend online workshop.  Book before 17th December, to grab the Early Bird Rate.

CPD: Setting up in Private Practice

5th February 2023

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. Book now


We are continually developing our CPD workshops and training courses, please do check the website from time to time to see new opportunities that arise. If you have any questions about any of the courses drop us an email or call the mobile at 07927 557217.

Best wishes

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


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