Anna is a registered health psychologist based in Auckland, New Zealand, welcoming private clients to her Ponsonby clinic. She is also a certified teacher of mindful self-compassion with a deep personal commitment to these practices as pathways to reducing stress and increasing emotional resilience and well-being. 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.SEE
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 (working from Holistic Medical Centre, Ponsonby, Auckland).SEE
Anna offers training in mindfulness and self-compassion to corporate and private groups. In addition, she teaches an eight-week course in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) in Auckland, as well as MSC in a five-day intensive format at various locations in New Zealand and Australia. (Click courses tab for current training options and enrolments)SEE
Workshop 1. Auckland Oct 5, 2019
St Luke's Community Centre, 130 Remuera Road, Remuera
Surf Life: An introduction to the science and practise of self-compassion. This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about these transformational and powerful practises. It will be a mix of theory and simple practises for daily life. .
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