Meet the team

Training to be a counsellor or psychotherapist is all about relationships and the people you will learn with, so here’s an introduction to the Physis people you will get to know on your journey:

Barbara Clarkson – Director of Training

Barbara Profile PictureBarbara has overall charge of the ongoing Physis Counselling and Psychotherapy training programme, its syllabus and accreditation with UKATA, UKCP and COSCA. She also plans the annual training calendar and CPD workshops.

She teaches at least one year group within the training programme and liaises with all other trainers involved in delivery of the courses offered at Physis. She is the contact point for all trainees currently attending the training programme.

Fiona Cook – Foundation Year Co-ordinator

Fiona is a Certified Transactional Analyst and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and has a small private practice in Edinburgh.

She has a background in the NHS as a Registered Nurse Teacher and Facilitator and also owns a successful freelance practice development consultancy business, (smallchangeBIGDIFFERENCE), using TA, working with healthcare agencies across the UK and more recently in Australia in this capacity.

She is passionate about TA and having a TA presence in Scotland, and uses her knowledge and experience in all aspects of her work with clients as a facilitator of personal change, transformation and enhanced autonomy.

Fiona was a founder member of the STAA and is currently Secretary of the organisation.

Fiona works with Fiona Firman to organise TA101 workshops, and coordinates the recruitment process for new Foundation Year Trainees. Together they organise delivery of the Foundation Year programme and act as the contact points for all new enquiries about training.

Fiona Firman – Training Development Lead

Fiona has a busy full time psychotherapy practice in central Edinburgh where she works with individuals & couples. In addition, she has a supervision practice & is an assistant Senior Training Group trainer at Physis. She is passionate about teaching TA and supporting people’s growth and development on a personal and professional basis through the use of TA.

Fiona has extensive experience in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse within the voluntary & statutory sectors, as well as in her private practice.  She also has a special interest in working with clients who have a Borderline process, &/or a formal diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Fiona works with Fiona Cook to organise TA101 workshops, and is involved in the recruitment process for new Foundation Year Trainees. Together they organise delivery of the Foundation Year programme, and act as the contact points for all new enquiries about training.

Paul Redpath – Trainer

Paul Is a TA psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with a private practice based in Edinburgh. He also offers TA training and supervision in Edinburgh. He worked in secondary education in London for many years as he developed his interest in counselling and psychotherapy.

He trained in humanistic psychotherapy at Spectrum in London as well as studying psychodynamic counselling in Vancouver and mindfulness psychotherapy at The Karuna Institute in Devon. Transactional Analysis is the foundation of his work because of its accessible and sophisticated theoretical framework which provides for him a clear way of thinking about human personality and growth.

Matthew Elton – Academic Student Support Advisor

Matthew EltonMatthew Elton has been working as a counsellor / therapist using the TA approach since 2005 and is qualified to Diploma Level. He has a particular interest in working with writers and artists and also provides a writing coach service. His previous experience includes management in the third sector and 8 years as a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Stirling. He is based in Edinburgh.

Matthew is responsible for supporting students meet their academic requirements and helping them acclimatise to the challenges of the written aspects of the training course.

Guest Trainers

Alison Ayres – Trainer

Alison AyresAlison is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer in Edinburgh where she lives.

She was a trainer with CPTI for many years and has continued as part of the Physis team. She has delivered the Foundation Year programme and taught advanced year one, as well as running many of the 101 introduction to TA training weekends.

She has a special interest in understanding and working with issues of shame, and most recently in exploring the latest developments in script theory.

She is married and has lived in the same house for more than 20 years, where her husband runs a Bed and Breakfast. She has two children and, at the last count, four grandchildren.

Morag Highet – Trainer

Morag HighetMorag is a TA psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in York Place, Edinburgh. She also trained as an integrative counsellor and has ten years experience training and supervising counsellors. She is a COSCA accredited diploma trainer and has worked for COSCA as a counselling course assessor.

For many years she worked as a freelance trainer in statutory, voluntary and private sectors, delivering personal development training. She still enjoys the Ah! Ah! moments when something becomes clear to someone using a TA model!