About me

I work with people that have experienced trauma so that they can feel safe in the present and look to the future with openness.

I help women with low-self esteem so that they can recognise their full potential and live a full life. Being a millennial woman myself, I can offer true understanding of what it means to be of this generation, now.

People who are feeling stuck work with me so that they can explore what being stuck means and move forwards with meaning.

My core training is integrative, which means that I draw from multiple theories and frameworks to offer a broad spectrum of support to the people I work with.

I always work with kindness and compassion; Carl Rogers says "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 change with many people, as well as in my own life.

I believe that inclusivity is essential to growth, and so I aim to provide a space for my clients that acknowledges gender, race, sexuality, ability, background, culture and religion and the different privileges or disadvantages that this affords. Within my practice, and using the privilege that I have, I commit to ongoing training and reading on these topics so that I can offer what I hope is a sense of safety for the people I work with that do not benefit from the same kinds of privileges that I do.

Covid-19 update: I am offering online or telephone sessions as well as risk-assessed face-to-face sessions

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed an FdA Integrative Counselling in 2017, graduating from UEA and University of Essex.

Since completing my formal training, I have been practicing as a counsellor both privately and within organisational settings. Within these agencies, the work has been focused on supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (male and female, 1:1 and in groups), and people with substance addictions (both in a residential rehabilitation centre and in a drop-in centre).

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
  • Trauma, the brain and recovery
  • Breaking the Trauma Bond
  • Developmental Themes in Children and Young People

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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Fees

£40.00 per session

Additional information

£40 per hour session. I offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday-Friday

Further information

You can find out more about me and my work by going to my website, or checking out my Instagram and Facebook accounts: @ellenfriendcounselling

Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP17

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

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