My name is Fiona Firman & I established Chrysallis Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2010.
I was born in Northern Ireland & studied at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, obtaining a BA Honours degree in Humanities. I have lived in Edinburgh since 2002 & have worked in the field of mental health for over 17 years gaining an extensive range of experience.
During my career I have worked within the private & voluntary sectors, gaining substantial knowledge & experience in working with people who experience severe & enduring mental health difficulties, & working with adult survivors of childhood trauma &/or abuse, as well as anxiety, depression, self harm & addictions.
I trained to be a psychotherapist having first come to therapy as a client & experienced the profound benefits in my own life. I began retraining as a counsellor/psychotherapist in 2005, & have acquired over 3250 hours of clinical experience in working with & treating a variety of presenting issues including:
anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, panic attacks, assertiveness, anger management, relationship difficulties, work-related problems, bereavement, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual identity problems, addictions, personality problems, adult survivors of childhood trauma, survivors of adult trauma, abuse & violence, and PTSD.
I have specialist training & considerable experience in working with & treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, adult survivors of childhood trauma, survivors of adult trauma, abuse & violence, and PTSD.
I have particular expertise in working with clients who have a Borderline process and/or a formal diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
I am a qualified counsellor & psychotherapist holding a Masters in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, & a Post Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis from Queen Margaret University. I also hold a Diploma in Transactional Analysis, which is validated by COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). Furthermore, I am a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), with psychotherapy as my chosen field of application.
I have completed four years of post graduate training & professional development with the Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute in Edinburgh.
I am a qualified supervisor, holding a Certificate in Counselling Supervision, which was awarded to me in July 2016 by Physis Training in Edinburgh. I am currently working towards my Diploma in Counselling Supervision, which I hope to complete in October 2016.
My practice is supervised according to the UK Association for Transactional Analysis & I attend ongoing personal therapy, training & professional development. Furthermore, my practice is fully covered by professional indemnity insurance provided by the Psychologist Protection Society, who are based in Alloa.
- I am registered with UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) which is registered and overseen by the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
- I am a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered psychotherapist.
- I subscribe to the code of ethics of UKATA & UKCP
- I am a member of the Scottish Transactional Analysis Association (STAA), which seeks to promote TA in Scotland. I am currently an STAA committee member and joint treasurer.
- I am a member of the ITAA (International Transactional Analysis Association).
- I hold an ongoing training contract with EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis)
- I am on the Board of NEECS (North East Edinburgh Counselling Service)