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Ms Ellen Fries

Counselling, Psychotherapy

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Specialises in

  • Applied Relaxation
  • Psychotherapy

Offers

  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

I'm originally trained in Biodynamic Psychotherapy and Psychology,a body oriented approach developed by the Norvegian Gerda Boyesen.
Biodynamic Psychology believes that every human being has a whole and complete inner core remaining unaffected by life's turbulences, called the Primary Personality. Its counterpart though, the Secondary Personality, feeds on all life's experiences, which make us suppress or distort our primary impulses of true self-expression. Thus, over time, the way we present ourselves to the world is formed and crystallizes in a person's character and body posture.
 We learn to suppress the urge to express ourselves from early age on, because in individual families and in society generally, the spontaneous expression of certain feelings is not welcomed. There may be prohibitions, disapproval, punishments or even more serious traumatic experiences, like physical violence and sexual abuse, to make us repress or restrict the instinctual responses.
However, the Primary Personality never stops sending subtle impulses from the core to the brain and body, carrying healing wisdom in the form of what physical movement, what sound, or what other expression or action is necessary, in order to release and re-balance the stuck energy of that person in this moment. One of the aims of Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy is to help the client to regain awareness of these subtle impulses 'impinging from within', and learn to trust and follow their guidance towards the enfolding of the true self.
 Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy disposes over a wide range of techniques to work through a person's layers of armouring, in respect of the person's pace and in a gentle, allowing way.
If you are interested in learning more about the theory of Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy you can read more about biodynamic healing here.
Link to LSBP , Centre for Body Psychotherapy: https://www.centreforbodypsychotherapy.com/
Internal Family Systems Therapy
(R.C.Schwartz)
Internal Family Systems Therapy is one of the fastest growing approaches to psychotherapy. It has developed over the past twenty years into a way of understanding and treating human problems that is empowering, effective, and nonpathologizing. IFS involves helping people heal by listening inside themselves in a new way to different "parts" – feelings or thoughts – and in the process, unburdening themselves of extreme beliefs, emotions, sensations, and urges that constrain their lives. As they unburden, people have more access to Self, our most precious human resource, and are better able to lead their lives from trhat centered, confident, compassionate place." (2001, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, text on back of the paperback)
Since I introduced IFS into my practice I have seen many clients finding relief and healing, getting to know their inner parts and gaining access to their Self. Especially in the case of Trauma IFS has proved invaluable for clients to regain a sense of agency, learning that their depression, anxiety, anger or addiction are held by separate parts of their personality and don't define their identity.

link to Internal Family Systems Website: https://internalfamilysystemstraining.co.uk/therapy/

Areas of interest

Depression; Anxiety; Trauma; spiritual mentoring; body-mind related issues; somatic therapy

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Eating disorders
  • Psychophysiological disorders
Consultant's practices
Information for healthcare professionals

Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)

Procedures completed

  • AA756

    Remote video therapy session - (1-5)

  • AA808

    Counselling session - (1-5)

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