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Bright New Spaces at Physis Scotland

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Bright New Spaces, but Same Address

We are thrilled and excited to announce we have moved from our beautiful basement spaces, upstairs to bright new, spacious rooms on the third floor.  As Physis Scotland continues to grow, this allows us to offer more flexibility for our students, while staying in our fabulous location at 22 Drumsheugh Gardens, in the majestic West End of Edinburgh.

With two training rooms and two smaller break-out rooms, we can offer students space to work, reflect and collaborate.  It also gives our Advanced Trainees based locally, the opportunity of meeting their clients in smaller, intimate rooms.

We are excited to welcome our first visitors this Friday 8th September, when Ronen Stilman TSTA, hosts our in-person Case Consultation workshop.  We look forward to many more of you joining us in our new home over the next few weeks. And don’t worry – although there is an elegant staircase, there is also a lift if you might find three floors challenging.


Autumn and a New Academic Year

September brings excitement and a hive of activity for us all.  Not only with our move upstairs but welcoming applications and conducting interviews for the new Academic session.  Our Foundation Year and Diploma in Counselling Supervision application deadlines are approaching rapidly.  Still deciding?  See below for more details and make sure you send us your application, if you would love to embark on a new journey.

We also look forward to welcoming all our returning students to the Advanced Year courses – a stimulating year ahead for all of you and incredible tutors.


Inspirational Training or CPD Clinical Masterclass Workshops

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (Blended)

Spaces are available on our blended Foundation Year course commencing 20th October 23.

Applications close on the 22nd September – now is your opportunity to gain new 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. It will be a blend of face-to-face learning in Edinburgh and 2 weekends online.  This is a fantastic opportunity to

  1. Launch your counselling and psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis with highly qualified tutors

  2. Embark on a journey of self-discovery with others

  3. Learn how to become more reflexive

  4. Revitalise your academic writing skills with support from our Academic Advisor

  5. Belong in a caring group environment where relationships matter

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

Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Commencing September 2023 – Applications close Friday 8th September Tutor Nicky Worrall, TSTA

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.

Certificate in Somatic Transactional Analysis – Brand New Course

Commencing January 2024 Tutor Ronen Stilman, TSTA

Have you an interest in working with the body and deepening your work with clients?  With the guidance of the exceptional and skilled trainer Ronen Stilman TSTA, elevate your skills on our Certificate in Somatic Transactional Analysis.

This insightful course will help you increase the complexity of your therapeutic palette, anchor and integrate your working style in psychotherapy theory.

Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a dedicated trainee in advanced training, this course welcomes you to expand your horizons.

Join us in the heart of the West End of Edinburgh, where our beautiful spaces will host this immersive experience.  Over the period of three weekends from January to April, you’ll have the chance to indulge in experiential learning, play and group processes.

Curiosity piqued?

Certificate in Couples Work

Commencing January 2024 Tutor Jennie Miller, PTSTA

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.

CPD: Ditch the Disorder

Online 1-day CPD workshop 30th September 10.00 – 16.30 Cathie Long and Esther Whitney

Discover the differences between Autism and Borderline/Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder – what does this really mean for girls and women who have been misdiagnosed?

This stimulating day will give you the opportunity to

  1. Understand the differences between BPD/EUPD and Autism

  2. Recognise the stigma attached to a diagnosis

  3. And how to work with autistic clients

CPD: Identifying the Early Signs of Eating Disorders Knowing How to Support, Manage and Escalate

1-day online 21st October 2023 Jennifer Pitt

Expert in her field, Jennifer will support you to expand your knowledge in this important topic.  Some of the key themes that you will explore:

  1. What are eating disorders – definitions

  2. Possible risk factors and triggers

  3. Supporting the client to get an initial and urgent GP appointment

Early Bird Rate available

CPD: Clinical Use of Interpretive Dynamic Transactional Analysis (IDTAP)

1-day online Saturday 28th October 2023 Ales Zivkovic, PTSTA

A unique approach to the use of TA in a clinical setting, IDTAP represents a 3-person psychotherapy approach, placing transference and countertransference at its forefront.

Counsellors and psychotherapists, join skilled trainer Ales to learn more.  Become acquainted with the theory underpinning IDTAP, through clinical examples and discussion of the attendees’ own clinical cases as well as role-plays. Book Now

CPD: ‘Our Children Need Support, We Need Help’

2-hour evening online workshop Thursday 23rd November 2023 18.00 – 20.00 Cathie Long

Join Cathie, an expert in this field, to gain insights into understanding and working with autistic parents who have been accused of exaggerating or making up their child’s difficulties.

Too many autistic parents are being accused of Fabricated or Induced Illness when seeking education, health and/or social care for their ‘disabled child’.  Parents have found themselves subject to Child Protection Proceedings.

CPD: Process Group Therapy Marathon

2-day online Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2023 John Paradise, PTSTA

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.

CPD: Working with Grief and Complicated Grief

1-day, in-person Saturday 25th November 2023 Jennifer Pitt

As therapists so many of our clients are presenting following a bereavement.  This thought-provoking workshop will help you gain an understanding of the complexity of the different types of grief. Trainer Jennifer Pitt will discuss its “typical” stages, and how to best work with it, using a myriad of creative skills and tools, whilst keeping ourselves safe as therapists.

The day will be highly interactive and experiential including small group work and plenary discussion – increasing your confidence and skills as a practitioner.

Catch the Early Bird Rate


We hope that our smorgasbord of training and masterclasses has something that will appeal to you, in enhancing your skills.  As practitioners ourselves, we believe so much in the importance of continual learning and personal growth.

Do keep up with our social media and website, (links below in the footer), for news and updates on what is evolving. Look forward to seeing many of you soon, at one of our Events or perhaps at a TA meeting.

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, Physis Scotland


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