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Ellena Fries

Ellena Fries

Massage Therapist in Penzance

Welcome to my profile. 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 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.

About myself

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 I love what I do.
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.

Background & Qualifications

I am a member of: UKCP, EABP, LSBP (London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy and I hold the European Certificate of Psychotherapy

In 1993 I became a qualified Sivananda Yoga teacher

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

In 2003 I qualified as a Therapist for Biodynamic Massage and Deep Draining (deep therapeutic massage)

In 2009 I joined the Ridwhan School, which is a school for spiritual and psychological development

I am a Buddhist and pratice Mindfulness as part of my daily life and work

I trained in spiritual emergency treatment

I have worked with heavy trauma and diverse states of Mental Health, especially during my 8 years in the Mental Health Project and Charity, Space for You, Penzance.


My Specialisms

A lot of it has already been said in the introductory chapter.
I work body oriented, wholistic and with a great sense of respect for the individual soul.
I work with all issues clients might bring to me, my view is, that it is always about the person and not so much about the diagnoses. It is about meeting You and from there we can look at the issues.
If I had to name any 'specialities' on top of the body oriented nature of my work, I would say that I like to work with people, who are really interested to make a change in their lifes, overcome or at least manage trauma, anxiety or depression.
I work with fear and anger, compassion and love.
I also work with couples.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

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.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Massage Therapy In Person £50 per 60 minutes
Psychotherapy In Person £50 per 60 minutes
Counselling In Person £50 per 60 minutes
Mindfulness In Person Please Call
Regression Therapy In Person £50 per 60 minutes
Life Coaching In Person Please Call
Relationship Therapy In Person £50 per 50 minutes
Meditation In Person Please Call

Additional Rate Information

sometimes concessions are available