The excitement and the edge

A lot has happened since our last blog on the website. We have been working away in the background with various esteemed colleagues and friends who are helping us with the who, what and why of Physis Scotland and how best to present to the world about who we are and why we are here.

Essentially, relationships are at the heart of what we do. Relationship with ourselves first and foremost so we know why we are doing something, in this case for us working at Physis Scotland, and then relationships with others. ‘Others’ have been experienced colleagues who are keen to help us with sharing and marketing our passion for TA, or ‘others’ have been prospective students or people interested to find out more about what we do. In all the contact with ‘others’¬†we have had recently through meetings, social media, open mornings, taster evenings, TA 101s, interviews, we have had some really interesting discussions where we have tussled with the dichotomy of TA being the most wonderful, life changing thing that has ever happened to us, and paradoxically, has also has brought with it alongside an ‘edge’ of discovery, that has been uncomfortable at times. A bit like childbirth for those of us who have experienced pregnancy.

If we were to consider our work in Physis akin to pregnancy and childbirth, there is a lot to learn as we transition and grow with Physis and especially as we embark on starting a new Foundation Year in September 2018. It is very, very exciting and also has its own edge and a big responsibility for both of us and the prospective students who are applying. We have a responsibility to create an environment where students will thrive and flourish, where the teaching and learning is of the highest standard, where they and we will be supported and stretched to grow and, equally, they have a responsibility to monitor their individual progress with support from peers and us.

These last few months have been hard work, but if it was all easy, we would not feel as if we had achieved anything. The excitement and the edge continue and we would not have it any other way.

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…