Ellena Fries, UKCP reg.
Welcome to my profile.
Special note regarding Covid-19 pandemic: I'm happy to consider low cost sessions for all those who lose income and can't afford the full cost of the therapy session at the moment. Please get in touch and we can sort out a way forward. The body oriented aspect of my work can also be practised via video links - I'm myself receiving support and teachings in this way and it works well. You may need a couple of sessions to get used to it, but usually clients adjust very quickly.
I can also offer Zoom meetings if you prefer it to Skype.
I'm a psychodynamic and body oriented psychotherapist with more than 20 years of experience. I have my main practice in Penzance. Compassion, kindness, mindfulness, contact, depth, and humour are some keys to describe the way I work.
Sometimes words are not enough or cannot reach the place that wants to be reached. The way I integrate talking therapy and the body oriented approach depends on each individual client and their specific needs. With some clients I 'only' talk, but I will alwyas encourage a mindfulness of breath and body.
Body oriented psychotherapy has proven most helpful for trauma, anxiety and panic disorders and depression. If you are feeling sad, experiencing relationship issues or just having a hard time feeling overwhelmed with life, your children or an illness, there will be a way forward.
I believe in the spirit of growth and that each individual can find healing and well being.
Is it for you?
- If you have been in therapy and found that just talking didn't get you to the place you needed to go ...
- If you have ever craved for a therapy that gives you the space and the guidance to go deep and express, what feels unexpressable...
- If you have noticed that when you feel depressed or anxious your body also seems to be suffering like IBS, being tense or aching
...then a body oriented approach might just be what you have been looking for. Our body is a miracle. It houses our personality, our spirit and our soul. Whatever we do or whatever happens to one of these aspects is intrinsically linked with the others.
What happens during treatment?
Talking is still a main tool in my therapy practice. But alongside the mind with its capacity to articulate and analyse, I will invite the whole of your Being to be present. We will work with body awareness, learning how to sense what your body feels like and to notice its messages. In order to do that I might invite you to close your eyes, deepen your breath or if appropriate to lie down. We might do specific exercises to support
your grounding or the way you set boundaries. Sometimes I use touch (only in agreement with the client) and I might use a particular massage: Biodynamic Massage, also called Gerda Boyesen Method. It is a very therapeutic massage, that has been especially developed to work with the mind/body connection.
Essence – Simply Being – or: who are we really?
When we embark in deep psychotherapy, sometimes we find ourselves on the path of spiritual growth and a search for our true self. Metaphysical questions might open up and the journey becomes its own purpose. Spiritual development and coaching can be part of a treatment agreement. Mindfulness techniques and Meditation are both very nourishing for the soul and the nervous system and can take us beyond the realm of the thinking mind into Simply Being.
Born in 1960 I grew up in Germany near the French border. In 2002 I came to Cornwall. I work in private practice in Penzance and for Occupational Health, RCHT Truro. I have over 20years experience and still love it.
I'm passionate about spiritual development. I'm a Buddhist and a student of the Ridhwan school. I'm a trained Yoga teacher and I have a degree in Social Anthropology, I care for the planet and I support multiculturalism. I love humour, nature and the arts. Walking, painting and dancing are favorites. All the 'hard facts' like membership bodies and training you will find further down in my profile.
Thank you for reading this. I appreciate that you are taking the time.
Training, qualifications & experience
- In 1998 I finished my 5 years training with the European School for Biodynamic Psychology and Erogenetics (E.S.B.P.E.) in Germany and qualified as a psychotherapist and body oriented psychotherapist
- Qualified Biodynamic Massage Therapist: part of my training and the body oriented method includes touch and massage. I completed my training in Therapeutic Massage (Deep Draining), qualified in 2003
- Yoga teacher (Sivananda) in 1993
- Mindfulness practitioner
- training in spiritual emergency treatment
- Memberships: UKCP, EABP, LSBP (London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy)
- I hold the European Certificate of Psychotherapy
- ongoing CPD
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Therapeutic Massage, Yoga tuition, Reiki, Mindfulness and Meditation, spiritual counselling
First meeting £25 and after that £50-£60 per session, sometimes concessionary rates are available
Please feel free to call or email me. On my website you'll find a lot more in depth information about the background of my work and myself.
If you feel attracted I suggest a first meeting, which will give you an impression of myself and my working style. The relationship between us is a majour if not the main ingredient in your therapy and it is important that we both feel comfortable with each other. I understand the therapeutic process as 'a journey of exploration we will embark on together'. I firmly believe that you/the client know all you need to know about what you need in order to heal and get better. But at this moment of time, when you feel maybe confused or lost, you cannot access it on your own. I see myself as a midwife in the process to birth your own wisdom.