Fiona Firman, BA (Hons), PG Dip, MSc (Psych), CTA (P), PTSTA (P) UKCP reg.
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working with adults and young people in central Edinburgh. I provide a friendly, professional and confidential counselling and psychotherapy service to both individuals and couples. In addition, I also offer a number of additional services including clinical supervision and training.
Feeling anxious, depressed and desperately need someone to talk to? Wanting to break free from the things that are hindering you and discover a more positive sense of self?
At some point in our lives we all need a helping hand. It can often be easier talking things through with someone professional, who is objective and removed from the immediate situation. In a safe, accepting and confidential environment I can support you to explore and understand those things in your life that are hindering and holding you back from being the person you want to be. I can enable you to devise new strategies and positive ways of coping in order to facilitate your personal growth and development, as you gain increasing self confidence and a more positive and cohesive sense of self.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, holding a Masters in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy from Middlesex University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling from Queen Margaret University. I also hold a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling, which is validated by COSCA. Furthermore, I am a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), with psychotherapy as my chosen field of application.
I completed four years of post graduate training with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute in Edinburgh (now Physis Scotland).
I hold a Certificate in Counselling Supervision, which was awarded to me by Physis Training in 2016.
I am registered with the UK Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA) as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with psychotherapy speciality (PTSTA). I provide clinical supervision to trainee counsellors and psychotherapists, and qualified practitioners. I am Co-Director of Physis Scotland, which is the only Transactional Analysis Registered Training Establishment in Scotland. I currently co-teach on the Foundation Year programme, which is the first year of Physis Scotland's COSCA validated Diploma in Counselling course.
I have worked in the field of mental health for many years, gaining an extensive range of experience. During my career, I've worked within the private and voluntary sectors gaining substantial knowledge and experience in working with and treating a variety of presenting issues including: depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual identity problems, addictions, & survivors of childhood trauma, abuse & violence.
I have specialist training & considerable experience working in mental health, eating disorders, childhood trauma, abuse & domestic violence.
I have particular expertise in working with clients who have a Borderline process, and/or a formal diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have substantial experience and expertise in working with couples.
Concessions offered for
Individual counselling session: £60
Individual telephone counselling session: £60
Individual online counselling session: £60
Couples counselling session: £75
Concessionary rate: £40
I offer a FREE 30 minute initial consultation
Wednesday 12 noon -7pm; Thursday 11.30am-8pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
I am a member of UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis), which is an organisation registered with and overseen by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
I am a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered psychotherapist.
I am a member of the Scottish Transactional Analysis Association (STAA).
I am a member of the ITAA (International Transactional Analysis Association).
I am a member of EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis).
I receive regular supervision in line with the Code of Ethics of UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) and the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).