Counselling & Psychotherapy Training

Physis Scotland is proud to be the only registered training establishment in Scotland offering counselling and psychotherapy training in the Transactional Analysis approach. Based in the west end of Edinburgh, we offer a wide range of courses ranging from brief taster sessions to extended training leading to recognised qualifications. For current practitioners, we also offer a suite of stimulating and interesting CPD workshops and advanced courses.

Fiona Firman, Director

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Fiona Cook, Director


Our training is of the highest standard, and is current, creative, forward thinking and refreshing in its approach, valuing difference and diversity in all forms.

Our name Physis (fie-sis) derives from a Greek word which means the natural energy for growth, change and development that is found in all living things and is used to describe the drive within us towards full realisation of our potential. Our hope is that all trainees will be inspired to grow and reach their full potential. All of our programmes are therefore designed to support trainees to feel safe, stretched, stimulated and valued on their journey and are delivered in an experiential and dynamic way, whilst ensuring that our trainees have the greatest opportunity of meeting the requirements of professional bodies such as UKCP and COSCA.

From the blog...

Becoming a Counselling Supervisor Sun 11 Aug 2019 - This month we are delighted to include a blog post from our colleague Bev Gibbons, PTSTA who will  be co-facilitating Physis Scotland’s Diploma in Counselling Supervision course starting this November. Bev shares with us what you can expect from this interactive, dynamic, exciting and robust training programme. 5 Reasons to Train with us at Physis […]

Our Approach

Small group sizes

Our training groups have at all times a ratio of 1 trainer to 9 trainees, which ensures high Feedback Picturelevels of individual support for each trainee. Provision of a personal tutor for each trainee also enables us to respond flexibly to the needs and specific interests of students within the structure of the curriculum. A strong and supportive bond between trainees is also encouraged.

Warm, friendly and approachable trainers

Our trainers aim to be open and real with students, and to share their own experiences as practitioners as well as their theoretical knowledge of the subject. This brings the material alive and enables trainees to imagine themselves working with particular clients long before they have a caseload of their own.

Valuing your unique experience and knowledge

What are we aboutAt Physis Scotland we believe that you become the best counsellor or therapist that you can be when you are enabled to take what you already know, and have learned from life outside the therapeutic world, and weave it together with new knowledge and skills from within the training experience. Our trainers love to learn from our trainees as you share your perspectives and expertise with us.

What our trainees say

Physis Scotland offers – acceptance, safety, caring, support, stimulation, learning, encouragement, knowledge and fun.

I have really enjoyed the year. The content has been pitched at the right level and both Fionas have been amazing. Their teaching style is so engaging and they made me feel at ease very quickly.

The two Fionas did a really fantastic job at facilitating the group and making it a very safe place to be and share in. Their warmth and openness, a willingness to share their stories and allow others to share or not share as they felt comfortable worked really well for me. It really was a wonderful, safe, well held group.

I have enjoyed the course, especially the group of people involved. I think both Fionas have been ‘the cherry on the top’, delivering interesting material in a way that will help the way I think about and apply it.

I liked how the course is structured and delivered. I loved the support and care present through the whole process.

Both Fionas are warm, welcoming, engaging, open, knowledgeable, non judgemental and funny.