Anna is a registered health psychologist based in Auckland, New Zealand, welcoming private clients to her Ponsonby clinic and also offering online consultations. She is a Certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with a deep personal commitment to these practices as pathways to increased well-being and flourishing. Learning to be mindful and to treat oneself with kindness when meeting life's inevitable challenges is a powerful antidote to depression, anxiety and burn-out, enabling one to live with ease, connection and contentment.
"Working with you has changed the most important relationship in my life .. the relationship with myself. For that, I am truly grateful." Vanessa
Evidence shows mindfulness and compassion practices are balms for many modern day ailments and can increase resilience and wellbeing. Anna is a regular speaker to both corporate and community audiences, sharing personal, professional and academic expertise.
Life can be difficult. Learning new tools to cope with emotional and physical distress can help. If you feel that compassion-based therapy may be right for you, contact Dr Anna Friis for an appointment (in person and on-line services available)
Anna offers training in mindfulness and self-compassion in New Zealand and around the world. She is a Certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion with the Center for MSC (www.centerformsc.org), and is a Mentor for the programme through the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness . She also offers monthly free zoom meditation drop-ins to which anyone is welcome. (Click courses tab for current training options and enrolments)
MSC FIVE-DAY INTENSIVE AT MANA RETREAT, COROMANDEL, NEW ZEALAND AUGUST 21 - 26, 2022
This is the full MSC course in an intensive five-day format, co-taught by Dr Anna Friis and Mara Elwood. We will start on Sunday, August 21 in the evening with a meal and a short introductory session ,and end at lunch time on Friday, August 26. Until May 1 we are offering a discounted rate of $750 for the course portion of the retreat. Lodging and food is booked separately. After May 1, the price for the course will be $855.
Please click on this link to register directly with Mana and to read further information about the training.
Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome!
This morning I walked past a small blackbird, contorted in pain and turning in small desperate circles on the pavement. A part of me wanted to pretend I hadn’t seen it, but I made myself stop, lean towards the feathered creature and work out the options for helping. I did what needed to be done. It was ghastly, but I'm still glad I stopped. Before this pandemic began, way back when the world seemed like a different place, many of us were perhaps more easily doing our version of walking past the suffering bird. If we looked away, perhaps we didn't have to see. Along came Covid and the presence of suffering all around us has become unavoidable for anyone who has their eyes open. No country has been spared. Alongside many organisations, the US-based Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (www.centerformsc.org) stepped up and began offering free online meditation circles for anyone in the world who wished to join. We'd love you to join us. Click below to read more and to find the link to join up.read more
Self-compassion will be mission critical for the weeks ahead – because if we don’t take care of ourselves, we won’t last the distance, and it’s going to be a marathon not a sprint. That means treating ourselves like we would treat someone we love, particularly when we find ourselves struggling or feeling overwhelmed. The phrase “we are in this together” means we ALL matter. One way to practise is to take a ‘self-compassion break.’ Here’s my variation for the current Kiwi Lock Down. Do this whenever you feel like you are struggling. Hopefully in taking care of yourself in this way, you will have more love and patience in the metaphorical tank to give to others.read more
A few weeks ago, just before New Year, I spent an hour or so lost in a big sea, swept several kilometres from shore, holding tightly to my paddle board. I felt very small, very fragile, riding increasingly large ocean swells. A decision to test my new board without checking the conditions found me caught in an escalation of off-shore wind and currents – and in trouble. Eventually I got rescued by the local surf life saving crew in an IRB responding to calls from people who had seen the wind blow up and take me away. I lived to tell the tale. And I sure won’t be going paddle boarding in conditions like that any time soon. So, why am I telling you this? Other than an opportunity for a shout out to the local surf life savers (thanks guys, you’re awesome) what was interesting to me was the realisation that I wasn’t panicked, and I think that’s hands down thanks to my meditation practise ... click below to read more.read more
Practise mindfulness and self-compassion in your daily life
Learn how to handle difficult situations and emotions with greater ease
Learn how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Learn tools to transform challenging relationships
Increase resilience and learn tools to prevent burn-out
Practise the art of savouring and self-appreciation
B.A. PGDipSci, M.Sc (Hons),
PGDip Health Psychology, PH.D