Introducing the Dynamic Duo!

People who know us have called us the dynamic duo. Yes there are two of us, and we are both called Fiona, but are we really dynamic? We decided to look the word dynamic up and here are some of the synonyms for the word we found. Lively, active, go ahead, self-motivated and energetic. Wow are we really what these words signify? Is this how others see us?

For those of you who have not met us, we are the 2 Fiona’s who are making strides to gradually take over the Physis training programme, the only TA training programme in Scotland. It is a daunting prospect, particularly because we have so much respect for the very esteemed Barbara Clarkson, current Director of Physis. Her knowledge, skill and competence is amazing and we feel very novice in comparison.

However if we were to measure us against the words to describe dynamic, we think we both are lively and energetic. We certainly have lots of energy and are targeting this in the right direction we believe. We are passionate about TA and keeping a strong presence with the TA community in Scotland. As well as working hard to recruit a Foundation Year in September 2018, we are putting together a very exciting CPD programme commencing in Autumn 2018, where we anticipate colleagues from across the country will come together to work and learn together.

We are keen to discover from you, our colleagues, about the kind of subjects that you would like to learn more about, or perhaps even offer to provide some training for us? Give it a thought, because we know there are many of you out there who are very experienced and we want to learn from you too. In that sense we are active, using social media and our contacts to help us promote the wonderful essence of TA to help us and others to live their lives well and to our full potential. So you can help us by sharing our events when you see us advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. We would really appreciate that!

Are we self motivated? Yes and no. We do want to make a success of this, but not to promote ourselves. We are simply trying our best to provide a full training programme, at a reasonable cost, which will support the community in Scotland to develop. So hopefully we are motivated on a range of levels to provide the best we can with your help.

Watch this space for more information as we continue to work together, so we can be a dynamic country, a vibrant united community.

You can find out more about us on our “People” page

If you would like more information about future Physis TA101 workshops or Foundation Year, please contact Fiona and Fiona on

Exciting New Developments at Physis!!

Straight from the giraffe’s mouth – you heard it here first folks!!Picture of giraffe

It is all go here at Physis HQ as we plan for a new year of Advanced Training beginning in October, and the return of familiar faces to form the Senior Training Group for this year.

However, there is a strange and almost magical hum in the background too, as something new is starting to fizz and buzz with energy and excitement.

From the Autumn, two new, bright and energetic forces to be reckoned with will be taking on the delightful challenge of organising TA101 workshops, promoting TA training on a Physis Open Day, and meeting and greeting new recruits for the Foundation Year programme that will start again in September 2018.

Fiona Cook and Fiona Firman will be taking the word out into the world that Physis is continuing to deliver excellence in counselling and psychotherapy training, and that our new Foundation Year will be ready and raring to go in October next year, having taken a brief pause to catch our breath.

You can find out more about the intrepid twosome on our “People” page

If you would like more information about future Physis TA101 workshops or Foundation Year, please contact Fiona and Fiona on

Physis Video

Hear directly from the Physis Director of Training, Barbara Clarkson. In this short video, Barbara explains what’s distinctive about the training at Physis. If you’re thinking about training to be a counsellor a therapist, why not take a few minutes to check it out. Barbara also explains why there are so many giraffes on the website…

Open Morning at Physis

Preparations are well in hand for the first ever Physis Training Open Morning on Saturday 13th August from 10m til 1pm. Click here for your Free Open Morning tickets

Have you ever wondered whether training to beome a counsellor or a psychotherapist could be the new adventure you have been waiting for? Have you always been fascinated by people and how they tick? Have you found yourself taking on the role of supportive listener with friends and family? Are you interested in finding a career that will offer you ongoing satisfaction and variety? Come along and discover what we have to offer.

Recent newspaper articles are saying that there has been a 40% increase in the number of people seeking psychotherapy. Organisations offering low cost counselling are reporting huge waiting lists, in one case over 200 people waiting for counselling! Counsellors and therapists in Edinburgh describe full practices. There is certainly a demand for what trained counsellors and psychotherapists have to offer.

Maybe you have questions about whether counselling training is really right for you, or whether that dream you have had of working with people to help them heal, recover and become stronger in facing life’s challenges could ever become a reality. We are ready to discuss how we can help you.

Come along on Saturday 13th August and chat to our trainers, support staff and some of our students to get the low down on the courses we offer. There will be refreshments available and a variety of short presentations during the morning. Curiosity killed the cat so they say, but perhaps it is really good for giraffes?! (You can even discover what this strange obsession we have with giraffes is all about!) Click here for your free ticket Free Open Morning tickets

If you can’t get to the open morning then please get in touch with us anyway at and we will be happy to help.

See you there!

Barbara Clarkson, Director