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‘Schools Out for Summer’

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An Incredible Academic Year Closes

As our Academic Year draws to a close and students and trainers take a well-earned rest, we reflect on a fantastic 10 months at Physis Scotland.  Each year the quality and consistent effort shown by our students amaze us. We are so proud of all their achievements.  The last few weekends in June, when students come together and present their work, are always an exciting time. We recognise this is the accumulation of months of focused hard work by the students.  It is also due to our incredible team of expert trainers and support advisors, that contribute to the fabulous finale.

Of course, it is not all just hard work, as Year Groups we have enjoyed some fun nights out – celebrating success and cheering each other on.  Community is such an important element of Physis Scotland and Transactional Analysis.

We look forward with excitement to what the Academic Year 2023/24 will bring.

Stepping out of our Comfort Zone

We reach out to share our training programmes and invite people to develop their communication skills, understand the dynamics of interpersonal relationships or take that step into a new career path.

In this digital world, we need to be ‘seen’, to raise awareness of how we can impact people’s lives and what we offer.  So stepping out of our comfort zone, we invited specialist brand photographer, Ema Pruteanu to spend a day with us. With the support of some wonderful volunteer students, Ema has created a set of images that we can share on our digital platforms.  Ema put us at ease and we are delighted with the results.  These images are dropping into our website and popping up on our socials.


Welcome to Nea Clark PTSTA (P)

Learning Student Support Advisor

At Physis Scotland, we are passionate about inclusivity and strive to provide the right conditions and support to enable our students to grow, thrive and reach their full potential.

With an increasing number of students identifying as neurodivergent, we are delighted to welcome Nea Clark to our team in her capacity as Learning Student Support Advisor. From September, Nea will be available to support students who have additional learning support needs, which they feel may impact on their learning. Nea can support students to identify what steps they can put in place to support their learning such as time management, planning, mind mapping and reasonable adjustments. Nea will liaise closely with Mary, our Academic Student Support Advisor and the two Fionas, Directors of Training.

We have great pleasure in introducing you to Nea…

‘My name is Nea Clark. I am a Psychotherapist (MSc), Supervisor, Trainer, Coach and NLP practitioner. I work with adults and specialise in neurodiversity. Most of my clients/supervisees are diagnosed with ADHD or other neurodivergent conditions. I work with individuals, couples and groups, supporting them to understand and embrace their personal wiring, so they can effectively minimize stress and maximize well-being. I am neurodivergent myself with dyslexia and ADHD, and also a mother of a teenager who has dyslexia and ADHD.’


Room Spaces for Hire

Warm, inviting Room Spaces for Hire

Located in the heart of the elegant West End of Edinburgh, flexible spaces ideal for

  1. Meeting with individual counselling & psychotherapy clients

  2. Couples counselling

  3. Therapy groups

  4. Supervision groups

  5. Small training groups

Book by the hour or alternatively, take advantage of our discounted rate when block booking.

Preferential rate for newly qualified practitioners who have recently set up in private practice.

With free WIFI, a main front door and kitchen space – the perfect place for you to facilitate a one-off session or regular meet-ups.


Exciting Training and CPD Opportunities

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis 2023-24

Commencing September and October 2023 – applications are welcome.

This year of learning, offered over 10 weekends in 10 months 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

Applications are open for the following options:

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (In-Person) This course will be face-to-face in our beautiful training rooms in the West End of Edinburgh. Course commences on the 22nd September 2023


Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (Blended) This course will be a blend of face-to-face in Edinburgh and 2 weekends online. Course commences on the 20th October 2023

TA101 – Understanding You, Me and Us Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA)

12th and 13th August 2023 Tutor Sheila Beare, PTSTA

How would you love to spend a weekend in Edinburgh during the world-renowned Festival? And also have an opportunity for your own personal growth and development?

Join our in-person 2-day workshop and enjoy two days of discovery. This course will help you to understand and work with personal and interpersonal dynamics:

  1. in the workplace

  2. in personal relationships

  3. in educational and organisational settings

Perhaps you are curious about who you are and wonder why you behave the way you do in certain situations. You would love to understand how to communicate more effectively. Or you may be considering developing coaching or counselling skills. This might be a really positive first step.

Sign up for this fun, experiential workshop.

Diploma in Counselling Using TA – Advanced Years 1 & 2

Commencing September 2023 Tutors Ellaine Sweeting PTSTA and Norma McKinnon Fathi CTA and COSCA Diploma Trainer

Have you completed your Foundation Year in Transactional Analysis? Perhaps recently or several years ago? How inspiring might it be to develop your counselling skills further, taking the next step in your career? This may be to become a counselling professional in private practice. Or to aim for a new role, with increased prospects?

If this sounds exciting, apply to join our Advanced Years training groups and you can achieve the Physis Scotland COSCA Validated Diploma in Counselling Using TA.

Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) Qualification and/or UKCP registration

Advanced Year 3 Commencing September 2023 Tutor Helen Rowland, TSTA

You will have already gained so much by completing your Diploma in Counselling Using TA (Transactional Analysis). Are you now ready to train further, increase your skills and achieve the renowned CTA qualification? Perhaps you are interested in becoming a UKCP registered psychotherapist?

It may have been a few years since you trained. This may have been at another RTE? We would love to welcome you to Physis Scotland, in our warm and inviting training spaces, in the heart of the beautiful West End of Edinburgh.

Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Commencing September 2023 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 Society (NCS) 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.

Physis Scotland Open Morning (Free)

8th July 2023 in-person, Edinburgh 10.00 – 13.00 (BST)

You are invited to join us and hear why training in counselling and psychotherapy might be the next step in your career.

This an exciting opportunity to meet our Directors of Training – the two dynamic Fionas. They will share information on our training programmes, our modality Transactional Analysis (TA) and how we might be able to support you, in starting your road to counselling & psychotherapy.

You may have trained but would like to develop your skills further. We have many options, for example, our Diploma in Counselling Supervision. Find out more about how we can help you, with the next step in your career.

FREE online TA (Transactional Analysis) Taster Session

Thursday 20th July 2023 18.00 – 20.30 (BST) Fiona Firman, PTSTA and Fiona Cook, PTSTA

Curious about training in counselling & psychotherapy? How does Transactional Analysis differ from other counselling & psychotherapy modalities? How can it also be applied in work and personal relationship settings? What levels of training does Physis Scotland offer and how might they suit you?

Join our Directors of Training the two Fionas and find out the answers to these questions and more. They would love to answer any burning queries you have. Might just be the first step into your future.

CPD: Case Consultations – Rolling in the Deep

8th September 2023 – 1 day in-person Tutor Ronen Stilman, TSTA

For counselling and psychotherapy practitioners at all levels.

Leveraging group dynamics in service of the client is a powerful, transformative and stimulating experience for therapists. The group will engage in case material brought by the participants.

Our last Case Consultation workshop generated stimulating discussions and analysis.


Happy Summer

Wishing all our Community a restful, happy summer – reenergise yourselves and we look forward to welcoming many of you back in the Autumn.

Any wonderings you have about our courses or workshops do drop us an email or call the mobile at 07927 557217.


Fiona Firman and Fiona Cook Directors, Physis Scotland


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