Being kind to yourself changes your brain and increases emotional resilience.
Being kind to others changes the world.

DR Anna Friis 

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 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 (working from Holistic Medical Centre, Ponsonby, Auckland).



 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)


Introduction to SELF-COMPASSION morning workshop saturday FEb 1, 2020

Workshop 1. Auckland Feb 1 2020
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. .

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Thanks so much for running this course! It's been life changing for me, it helped me so get through the last few months and make some healthy, self-compassionate changes! It was such a welcoming safe space, I loved learning so much from you and the other participants,
"I just want to express a huge thank you for the course you ran at Waihi and how it affected so many lives. You and Megan are so very inspiring. I have been on retreats before but this one was actually transformational. Many thanks from my heart"
"I’d like to wholeheartedly thank you and Megan for the wonderful experience of the mindfulness and self-compassion weekend retreat. My heart and mind have been full of warmth with more clarity throughout the week and when my thoughts have wandered I’ve had the awareness to channel them back to kinder ground. What a tremendous gift you and Megan have shared with us all! Thank you"
"Wonderful synergy between Anna and Megan - delivered individually and together – resulted in an intimate weekend of guidance and self-reflection. It was sometimes uncomfortable, but always safe. First steps in finding that space that allows you to be more self-accepting and permission to be kind to ourselves. Warm and gentle teaching interspersed with meditation and reflection, gentle yoga and absolutely scrumptious food – wonderful"
"Thank you so much for the lovely weekend of mindfulness and self compassion. It was just what I needed to get me on my journey of healing. 
"Many thanks Anna and Megan. I also would like to thank everyone else on the course who made it such a special amazing experience and I wish you all well with your practice.
"Truly magical. So blessed to be a part of this weekend with such gorgeous people"
"A special thankyou to you Anna and Megan. Words cannot convey the magic you both weaved over the weekend . The whole retreat was filled with both of your love and compassion . From your skills to the scrumptious food you gave us, the whole weekend was wonderful. Some of our group’s closing words to describe our retreat were "nourished , calmer, mindful, gratitude  acceptance, privileged to experience it”  Thank you also to the wonderful group of people who shared this experience"
"It was a truly wonderful weekend.  I learnt a lot and it’s an opportunity I’m really glad I took up.  Very grateful for the experience"
"WOW, what a special weekend, am virtually lost for words but filled with love and happiness! I loved and savoured every delicious moment and can't wait for "Deeper Dive" next June. There is so much I learned and am using already. You and Megan are amazing"


  • 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

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what is Self-Compassion? 

Ultimately, self-compassion is a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Anna is an experienced teacher of self-compassion, drawing on many years of personal and professional practise.

Dr. anna friis Ph.D

Health Psychologist
B.A. PGDipSci, M.Sc (Hons),
PGDip Health Psychology, PH.D