Ellen Friend

Ellen Friend


07788240936 / 07788240936

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About me

I am an integratively trained counsellor, meaning I draw from many different models of working in order to support and facilitate the growth and development of the people I work with.

Most of my experience comes from working with childhood trauma, particularly with adults who have experienced sexual abuse as children, and adults with addictions. However, this does not define my practice and I also work with people to overcome many challenges, promote self development and create changes and shifts in their relationships with themselves and others.

I always work kindly and compassionately; Carl Rogers states "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change", and I have been privileged enough to witness this process within many of the people that I have worked with.

Having studied Psychology and Sociology before my training as a counsellor, I find myself particularly interested in the social context of our lives, and the impact this has on us personally. I am LGBTQI+ positive and strive to understand the social and cultural context of the lives of all of the people that I work with.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed an FdA Integrative Counselling in 2017, graduating from UEA and University of Essex. Since then, I have focused on working with trauma. Specifically, childhood sexual abuse and addiction. Some recent training that I have undertaken includes:

  • Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (Frank Anderson, M.D)
  • Affect regulation from theory to practice (Daniel Hill)
  • Intensive Training in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders (Kathy Steele)
  • Trauma Summit (Bessel Van Der Kolk, Gabor Mate, Janina Fisher, Richard Schwartz)
  • Controlling and Coercive Relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Co-dependent relationships
  • PTSD
  • Suicide intervention
  • Working with addiction: underlying causes

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£40 per hour session.

Maps & Directions

Saxmundham, IP17

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Mondays- daytime and evenings

Types of client

Older adults