Fiona Firman
Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychotherapy in Edinburgh


Member Organisation(s): UKCP


Therapy Provides
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling, Psychotherapy, Stress Management

About Fiona Firman
My name is Fiona Firman. I established Chrysallis Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2010, which is a small practice based in Edinburgh offering independent & confidential counselling & psychotherapy for individuals & couples.

I offer face to face counselling & psychotherapy, & counselling for couples. I also offer a range of other services including: individual telephone counselling, therapy & psycho-educational groups, & business consultancy. In addition, I am a qualified supervisor, & offer clinical supervision to both trainee & qualified counsellors & psychotherapists.

Counselling, psychotherapy & relationship counselling are helping processes involving a confidential talking relationship between the therapist & client. In a safe, respectful & confidential environment I can support you to explore & understand your thought processes, behaviours & feelings, enabling you to manage your life more effectively & satisfactorily, as you discover more about yourself, other people & the world.

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 14 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.
My training, work experience and any achievement
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 3000 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, survivors of trauma, abuse & violence.

I have specialist training & considerable experience in working with & treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders & survivors of trauma, abuse & violence.

I am a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist & supervisor, 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 & Psychotherapy in Scotland). Furthermore, I am a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), with psychotherapy as my chosen field of application.

I hold a Certificate in Counselling Supervision, awarded by Physis Training in Edinburgh. I am currently working towards my Diploma in Counselling Supervision, & hope to complete it in October 2016.

I have completed four years of post graduate training and professional development through The Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute (now Physis Training Ltd).

I’m a member of UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) which is an organisation registered with & overseen by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).

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 hold an ongoing training contract with EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis)

My practice is supervised according to the UK Association for Transactional Analysis & UKCP. 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.
Concerns & issues I deal with
Abuse, Addictions, Affairs, Alcohol Dependence, Anger Management, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Avoidant Personality, Disorder, Bereavement, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Bisexual Issues, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Boredom, Bulimia Nervosa, Chronic Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME), Compulsive Behaviour, Couple Relationships, Cultural Issues, Debt, Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD), Depression, Disaster, Dissociation, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders, Ethics, Exhaustion, Family Problems, Fear, Gay Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Grief, Headaches, Hysteria, Impotency, Impulse Control Disorders (ICD), Impulsive Behaviour, Inertia, Infertility, Inhibitions, Integration of Experience, Isolation, Lesbian Issues, Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Manipulative Behaviour, Marriage (Marital Relations), Meaningless, Mediation, Melancholia, Mens Issues, Menopause, Mental Health Problems, Midlife Crisis, Miscarriage, Morality, Mothering, Negative Thoughts, Neurosis, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), Pain Management, Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, Paranoia, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Parenting, Perfectionism, Personal Relationships, Personality Disorders (PD), Pet Bereavement, Phobias, Physical Abuse, Physical Illness, Post Natal Depression (PND), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Psychosis, Race, Rape, Redundancy, Relationship Problems, Religion, Repetitive Negative Patterns, Sadness, Same Sex Relationships, Schizoid Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self Development, Self Harm, Separation, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Shame, Shyness, Smoking Addiction, Social Phobia, Spirituality, Stress, Stress Management, Suicidal Thoughts, Terminal Illness, Tiredness, Transgender Issues, Trauma, Trichotillomania, Unresolved Issues, Weight Loss, Work Stress,
Age groups I work with
Further Information
I have a special interest in working with people who have a Borderline process and/or are formally diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder.


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